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Le Tour 2006 - A Virtual Cultural Trip

 
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 05:53 am
You mean, it isn't called Jersey anymore?
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 06:44 am
No. We were going to be called New Jersey, but that name had already been taken.

I've always slightly resented living on an island which is deemed to be an adjunct to a French Department. But its confusing living here anyway. 3 1/2 nations, two islands and lots of smaller ones. 4 "national" football teams. And then there is the Isle of Mann which has 3 legs and a cat with no tail.
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J-B
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 07:18 am
Why do all the Englishmen always boast about their bizarreness? Smile
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 07:32 am
^JB^ wrote:
Why do all the Englishmen always boast about their bizarreness? Smile
I dont know I'll leave this for others to comment on
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dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 07:33 am
Steve (as 41oo) wrote:
No. We were going to be called New Jersey, but that name had already been taken.

I've always slightly resented living on an island which is deemed to be an adjunct to a French Department. But its confusing living here anyway. 3 1/2 nations, two islands and lots of smaller ones. 4 "national" football teams. And then there is the Isle of Mann which has 3 legs and a cat with no tail.


and no cricket team to speak of.
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 07:38 am
dadpad wrote:
Steve (as 41oo) wrote:
No. We were going to be called New Jersey, but that name had already been taken.

I've always slightly resented living on an island which is deemed to be an adjunct to a French Department. But its confusing living here anyway. 3 1/2 nations, two islands and lots of smaller ones. 4 "national" football teams. And then there is the Isle of Mann which has 3 legs and a cat with no tail.


and no cricket team to speak of.
I see last year's outstanding Ashes victory still wrankles dp? Smile
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dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jul, 2006 07:56 pm
Steve 41oo wrote:
dadpad wrote:
Steve (as 41oo) wrote:
No. We were going to be called New Jersey, but that name had already been taken.

I've always slightly resented living on an island which is deemed to be an adjunct to a French Department. But its confusing living here anyway. 3 1/2 nations, two islands and lots of smaller ones. 4 "national" football teams. And then there is the Isle of Mann which has 3 legs and a cat with no tail.


and no cricket team to speak of.
I see last year's outstanding Ashes victory still wrankles dp? Smile


We gave it away cause we feel sorry for you!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jul, 2006 12:35 am
http://i6.tinypic.com/1zn0th4.jpg

Announcement:

Photos/recipes for today's and tomorrow's etappes will be posted later.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jul, 2006 09:03 pm
The sprinters had their last chance to win a stage before the Tour heads into the Pyrenees mountains tomorrow. Today's stage of the Tour de France was a dead flat, 170 km from Bordeux to Dax.

Spaniard Oscar Freire (in orange) took today's stage over Australia's Robbie McEwan (in the green points leader[sprinter]jersey).
http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2006/tour06/tour069/4.jpg
photo finish
http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2006/tour06/tour069/DV91615.jpg


Some bumping after the finish line
http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2006/tour06/tour069/DV91604.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Tue 11 Jul, 2006 11:50 pm
Thanks, Infrablue!


http://www.petanque.org/postcards/pictures/large/Artaud_112.jpg

Dax is an important spa town first inhabited by the Romans who named it 'Aquae Tarbellicae'. Its hot springs maintain a temperature of approx. 64°C which combines with the mud of the Adour to treat every conceivable ailment.

Dax enjoys a privileged position in the heart of the Landes pine forest and within close proximity to the Atlantic coast for beaches and surfing or the Pyrenees for mountains and skiing.


http://www.dax-tourisme.com/UserFiles/Image/remparts.jpghttp://www.dax-tourisme.com/UserFiles/Image/cathedrale.jpghttp://www.dax-tourisme.com/UserFiles/Image/arenes.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 12:07 am
A little bit aside. close to Arcachon, lies the

The Dune of Pilat

http://flyinfrance.free.fr/Where/pilat/pilat.jpg

Situated at the entrance of the Bay of Arcachon, opposite the Point of Cap Ferret, is the biggest sand formation of Europe. Measuring 105 meters* high, 2700 meters long, 500 meters wide and with a volume of 20 million cubic meters of sand, the "Big Dune" is the most visited spot of the coastal area, with over 1 million visitors per year. It has been declared an "important national site" in 1978.

http://i2.tinypic.com/1zp74m9.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 12:21 am
Foie Gras .... but it tastes great!

So we'll have a steaklet of ducks instead

http://www.jacquesbron.com/photoblog/Content/f7bc959b-510a-48ac-a068-6688cda0ad84-Full.jpg

And to give it the special taste of the Landes region, we add some sauted pine nuts
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J-B
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 04:17 am
GORGEOUS!!!
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 08:43 am
Pau became the capital of Béarn in the 15th cent. and the residence of the kings of Navarre in 1512. Henry IV was born in its château

http://www.rmn.fr/images/02musees/01presentation/musees2/pau.jpg http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/thumb/b/b5/250px-ChateauPau.jpg

http://document.linternaute.com/document/image/550/facade-chateau-architecture-pau-pyrenees-278064.jpg

http://www.pau64.com/images/photographies/chateau-pyren_b.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 08:47 am
Remember having seen such?

http://www.pau64.com/images/photographies/pau-centre/batiments/eglises/st-joseph_b.jpg

Pau's St-Joseph church is an imitation of Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre (Paris) ... well, nearly :wink:
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 08:54 am
In Pau, today's tour ends.

So, let's go back, to Landes, in the Basque region, to ...

Bayonne, the capital of the region, at the junction of the rivers Adour and Nive, is a busy commercial town, with a long history. At every turn of the narrow lanes with their distinctive colombage houses that make up the town centre, you will come upon vestiges of the rich past that contributed to the growth of Bayonne. From the beginnings of the town fortifications in Roman times, of which certain elements are still visible, to the magnificent 14th century gothic Cathedral Sainte-Marie in the town centre and the ramparts and forts constructed by Vauban under Louis XIV, the rich historical and commercial past of Bayonne will enchant any visitor. Bayonne is famous, amongst other things, for it's chocolate, for the excellent Bonnat museum of art, the summer festival (the Fêtes de Bayonne) and for the invention of the bayonet.

http://france-for-visitors.com/images/large/bayonne.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 09:00 am
http://www-public.tu-bs.de:8080/~wittram/reisen/Frankreich94/jpegs2/F32_1.jpg

http://www.atlantica.fr/FondEcran/800/Bayonne.jpg

http://i6.tinypic.com/1zpr48x.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 12 Jul, 2006 09:26 am
Today, we'll have Poulet basquaise

http://www.gite-adour.com/photos/accueil/table_d_hote_021.jpg

Fortunately for me, a really good (and original) recipe (in English) is to be found online Laughing

Basque Chicken or "Poulet Basquaise"

Link for Basque Sauce or Sauce Basquaise (Pipèrade)
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jul, 2006 12:39 am
http://www.tarbes.com/images/bienvenue/tarbes_pyr.jpg http://www.artisansville.com/tarbes/images/carre.jpg

Tarbes is the capital of Hautes-Pyrenees, on the Adour River. It is an industrial, commercial, and tourist center in a cattle- and horse-raising area. In addition to the traditional forging and leather industries, there are machinery, arsenal, aircraft, and electrical-equipment manufactures. The city was called Bigorra in Roman times and was later the capital of the earldom of Bigorre. In the 6th cent. it became an episcopal see. Invaded and destroyed many times in the course of its history, Tarbes was joined to the French crown in the 16th cent. In the city are the Cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-la-SEde (13th-15th cent.), the churches of St. Jean and St. Theree (13th cent.), and the base of a tower of an old castle built by the counts of Bigorre

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/Tarbes-garden.jpg http://tour.ard.de/tdf/kultur_rezepte/kultur/11/img/tarbes_park_andi_360.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 13 Jul, 2006 01:01 am
Bagnères de Bigorre, is a really lovely spa town ...

http://www.thermes-bagneres.com/images/GTH-Presenta/grandsthermes-vueext.jpg http://etablissement-thermal-cures-thermales-hautes-pyrenees.thermesdelareine.com/etablissement-thermal-bagneres-de-bigorre/accueil_02.jpg

... but the most famous around there is of course Lourdes (just to recall that):http://tour.ard.de/tdf/kultur_rezepte/kultur/11/img/lourdes_basilika_300_dpa.jpg

http://www.lourdes-infotourisme.com/photos/bienvenue.jpg
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