Amanda on May 13th, 2008
Tournon d'Agenais

Tournon d'Agenais

First of May, First of May, Flowers Strive to Bloom Today
They certainly did in Tournon on Thursday. This ancient and beautiful bastide village was overflowing with flowers and plants of every conceivable variety. The sun shone, heat radiated from the old stones and delicious fragrances permeated the alleyways.
This is a famous annual festival in Tournon, attracting visitors from far and wide. As it is a true bastide, with only one winding road into the village – lined with parked cars – and one narrow winding road round, a one-way system had to be devised. Gendarmes were much in evidence, waving their arms, smiling benevolently and occasionally directing wayward cars, there seemed to be a remarkable number for the purpose and most were standing around chatting and smiling at the visitors, but they were there if really needed and that was the main thing. Meanwhile at the foot of the hill a park and ride shuttle bus was doing a sterling job of hoisting hundreds of old biddies to the top and the day’s delights. Read More »

Tournon d’Agenais Flower Festival from French Life

Amanda on May 1st, 2008
Market Flowers

Market Flowers

Welcome to lovely May in the Quercy, perhaps the most beautiful month of the year. It’s the month of flowers – and indeed fabulous flower festivals are being held in tiny stone villages all over the country. In my hillside garden the oleanders are in bud, the olives are putting out their new silvery leaves and chilly lizards are sunning themselves on numerous crumbling walls. The vigorous old Gallica rose by the stone steps leading to my kitchen door has burst into a thousand fragrant blooms and the many cistus’, not to be outdone, unfold their delicate, papery petals each morning, only to drop them all again each evening. Read More »

May – Loveliest Month of the Year from French Life