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Stargazing in France

Night skies in rural France are generally unsullied by light pollution or cloud cover so this summer, guests at Manoir Les Gaillardoux were able to watch the International Space Station crossing the sky on five consecutive nights from loungers on the south facing terrace. City-dwellers accustomed to artificial light-polluted skies, say that the spectacle looked like something from a movie. A most obvious starting point is the moon, and a pair of binoculars is all you need to fly across its scarred surface. If your thirst for astronomical knowledge is more highly developed, the Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse is worth a day’s visit.

Exploring the past in France

Finding a vacation to suit everybody gets easier. The positive effects of visiting heritage sites in South-West France are surely obvious.  Sharing heritage and history experiences with family and friends is so much better than sitting together leafing through a book, no matter how exceptional the photographs. Not only is experience more fun, it also feeds our own and the collective memories we take home after a holiday. Your next vacation in France could take in visits to the archaeological sites and ancient villages and buildings which abound. Guests at Manoir Les Gaillardoux have visited most of the nearby sites, so we have no hesitation in recommending those which feature on our website.

The Food of Occitanie

Occitanie stands out for the diversity of its scenery and culinary specialities. It’s the perfect slow-paced summer destination to soak in the sunshine, discover delicious new foods and meet people who are as warm and welcoming as the dishes they cook. It’s also one of the least populated regions of France, but Occitanie has a rich culinary repertoire, especially the cheeses and meats from the great limestone plateau of Les Causses du Quercy. Within short distance from street markets and local producers, Manoir Les Gaillardoux is a perfect base from which to plan your shopping and dining during your summer vacation.

What to Do in Albi in July 2019

Visitorss to Manoir Les Gaillardoux in July 2019 will have a unique opportunity to participate in the great spectacle of The Tour de France during its three-days at Albi (Just over 1hr from the Manoir) from Monday 15th July, before heading for Toulouse on Wednesday 17th, and on to the Pyrenees. Statistics tell just how big an event it is: 2,000 journalists representing 600 media from around the world report and broadcast the stages of The Tour to 190 countries. Along the course, each year, between 10 and 12 million people turn up to cheer the riders from the roadside. In 2019, you could be among them and join the action! The 14 July is the weekend when France celebrates its National Day and erupts in balls and festivities so, if you are a cycling fan or just interested to mingle at one of the world’s most colourful events, mark your diary, plan your vacation to include all these festivities, and hurry to book the Manoir!
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