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 4. GASCONY / PYRENEES REGION
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The local region around Tillac
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Marciac - a delightful 13C bastide village just 10 kms down the road - with a lovely large 
arcaded square and the tallest church tower in the Gers -market day Wednesdays.
     
Marciac also has several good and reasonably priced restaurants - (left) Le Coin Gourmand
and just around the corner in the main square is the very popular Petit Auberge (right).
   

Every August Marciac hosts one of the biggest international jazz  festivals
held in France - with a
rtists performing from all over the world.

One of the very best places to eat well at very little cost is at the L'Auberge au Village in Montesquiou
about 15 kms away. We have just enjoyed an excellent lunch there this February 2014, where we
had 4 courses including wine and coffee for 15 euros each. Simple and tasty - excellent value

 
      
The wines of the Gascony are quite a feature of this region of the Gers and
they are very well regarded in France. Above is the Madiran - the chateau, label and grapes
- a very interesting heavy red wine - a bit reminiscent of the early great Australian reds.
         
Left - there is also the local and very popular Cotes-de-Saint-Mont
Centre - the special Aperitif of the the region which is derived from Armagnac - Floc-de-Gascogne
Right - and the the subtle and excellent Buzet wines.

If you are driving to Auch for the day - 36 kms away - you will find the historic Hotel de France.
which has a really excellent bistro. They have a menu-de-jour which changes daily.

The Bistro at the Hotel de France in Auch has a very good meal with wine included.
It is a very busy and cheery place to eat before exploring Auch.

Bistro at the Hotel de France in Auch - you can eat inside or on the terrace.

One of the best drives locally is on the Route-des-Bastides - a beautiful high drive 
through some of the many bastide villages in the Gers  - with great views of the Pyrenees.
The village of Bassoues which was laid out in 1280 by the archbishops of Auch around
a strong castle
with a 140 ft high donjon - castle keep - which is still here today

Bassoues - the historic wooden covered market


If you climb to the very top of the Donjon in Bassoues you can see
the entire village, including the market, set in beautiful rolling countryside.

For a special treat - have lunch or dinner at what we and many of our guests regard as one of the better 
restaurants close to our cottages - The Rive Droite - set in an elegant 18C Maison Bourgesoise -
   
Left - owners Myriam and Phillipe Piton standing at their front door - 
Right - inside Myriam will give you a wonderful welcome and Phillipe is the Chef de Cuisine.
   
Miélan - another small bastide town 6 kms away - with arcaded shops and houses of 
colombage - also a magnificent covered market place - market days Thursdays.
   

Mirande - another small bastide town 10 kms away - with a cathedral, a Victorian bandstand and
Allaire arcaded square - a jolly little place with excellent shopping - market on Mondays. 
There is a big festival of country music here every summer - Le Country Musique.


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Sight-seeing in the immediate area
Miélan, Marciac and Mirande - three small bastide towns close by.
Jazz-in-Marciac - a most important international jazz festival held in summer.
A circuit of small bastides - including St Christaud, Beaumarchés, Bassoues and Montesquiou.
 

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