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Half-way between Bordeaux and Toulouse, not very far from Nerac (Lot et Garonne) and Condom(Gers) in an area called "little French Tuscany", the village of Francescas is a 13th century "Bastide".
Francescas itself is a well-preserved bastide village (13th century) with good basic facilities.

Irrigated by the bluey gold of Baise and Garonne, enriched by the reddy gold of Buzet’s vineyard, invigorated by the greeny gold of pine trees and orchards, the country of Henri IV is a destination full of charm and brilliant colours. In the heart of the Aquitaine region in the Southwest of France,discover a country full of history and rich in a cultural and natural heritage. Through these six tours, discover each face of the Country of Albret accompagnied by the colourful personalities who marked the territory !

You can follow in the footsteps of Henry IV and sit in the armchair of the king of liars or discover other secrets of the Pays d'Albret!

The village of Francescas is one of only a dozen Bastide Villages in the region. While its inhabitants number less than eight hundred, it is neither lost or forgotten.
The village contains a post office, pharmacy, tobac, charcuterie, boulangerie, banque, grocery, regional wood museum, small hotel/ restaurant/bar, and a grand 3 star restaurant.
Aquitaine-Gascony is a rich fertile valley. Most of the food we will eat is grown within a few kilometers of any spot.
Local rivers and the nearby Atlantic are full with fish; farms
produce chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys; hillsides support cattle and game.
Local vineyards produce wine and Amagnac brandy. While there are “hypermarkets” in the region, there is nothing like the traditional marketplace. Here various market villages have had the same morning market day since the Middle Ages. The contact and engagement with the villagers of Francescas, the haggling and bargaining in the marketplace, the saturated hues of fruit and vegetables and fish and foul, and the artistic arrangement of these - all will inform and enrich the work of the workshop participants. It is the entrenched Medieval history, the rich countryside and the strong sense of place that excites these workshops.

There is also a small regional museum of tin boxes: the museum is located in a house which was renovated in the twentieth century, but which retains the original facades, they date from 1579. You will discover a collection of tin cans from the five continents. These objects, some of which are very old, can plunge you into a journey around the world.


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