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Postcards from Toulouse

In the city of Toulouse, known as ‘La Ville Rose’ after the distinctive pink stone used to construct many of its buildings. Especially impressive are the central square, Place du Capitole, and the eleventh-century Basilique Saint-Sernin. Advertisements

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Cave paintings at Lascaux

At the World Heritage Site of Lascaux in the Dordogne Valley in France. An amazing complex of caves with over 600 wall paintings from around 18,000 years ago. Discovered in 1940, it was open to the public from 1948 until … Continue reading

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‘Quatuor Varèse’ in Salviac, Lot

An evening of Debussy and Mendelssohn played by the really excellent Quatuor Varèse at the Festival de Musique Romantique in Salviac in the Lot department of France. Debussy String Quartet; Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 6.

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‘Quatuor Ardeo’ in Audrix, Dordogne

An excellent concert of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven String Quartets played by Quatuor Ardeo in the beautiful medieval church at Audrix in the Dordogne. Haydn String Quartet no. 3; Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 1; Beethoven String Quartet no. 3.  

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Festival ‘8 de Montcabrier’

A very enjoyable evening at the Festival ‘8 de Montcabrier’, with a programme of Debussy, Satie and Fauré extremely well performed. Debussy: Prélude à l’aprés midi d’un faune; Satie: Gnossiennes I, Piccadily, Gymnopédie I; Fauré: Sicilienne pour violoncelle et piano; Fauré: Fantaisie pour flute … Continue reading

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‘Living Natures’ exhibition at Chateau de Biron

At Chateau de Biron in the Dordogne for the exhibition ‘Living Natures’. Representations of nature in  art from the collections of the Maeght Foundation. Wassily Kandinsky ‘Red Knot’ (1936) Fernand Léger ‘La partie de campagne’ (1954) Marc Chagall ‘Tour Eiffel à … Continue reading

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‘La Modernite en Bretagne’ in Pont-Aven

In Pont-Aven, Brittany, home of the Pont-Aven School of artists who gathered around Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard in the 1880s. Paul Serusier painted the work known as ‘The Talisman’ there, which would be instrumental in the beginning of the … Continue reading

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