Bordeaux is simply my favorite day trip destination now. Leave at 9 in the morning get there for a late coffee and a good city walk, have a leisurely 2 hour lunch, drive back to Jarnac in time for the evening news. Not that I am watching them....
This weekend kicked off the largest "Home and Garden show" the FOIRE DEBORDEAUX. A perfect reason for a day trip to that city with a side of IKEA, which is is the same area as the Expo. I was surprised to see a sign at the admissions booth that enabled me as a foreigner to get in for free. How cool is that! I would have gladly paid the 8.00 to get in this massive fair, but no line up to get in for free? That sets the mood in my impatient eyes......
As you walk into the grounds the first thing you experience is a sea of Camping and RV vehicles. None of those ginormous American trucks, but all nice little camper vans. Things are smaller in Europe, including roads I guess.
What really drew me to the show this year was an advertised New York section, spanning 5000m2. I was hoping for a taste America, maybe they even brought a box of Cronuts with them? It turned out to be more of a museum exhibit of Immigration age New York, with a faux street facade, shop windows and informational posters. Not a bad idea, just not what I'd hoped for. At the exit of this exhibit they installed an "Amercian Diner" but again, the highlights were not worth it to stop and have lunch there.
In fact, most of the 5000 m2 New yorkexhibit was taken up by french youth' that love American culture. Very entertaining to see them try to be American in their Roller Derby outfits and dance to hip hop music......
The rest of the show is your usual, but much larger mix of food, life style and everything else you may or may not need at home. In the past few years since we arrived here, we visited a number of these Foires, so most cheese and sausage vendors do get repetitive.
On the upside and if you look for them, you'll find new exhibitors, as I did this time around.
The 8th generation Basque walking stick/weapons maker was my personal favorite. If the average generation spans 35 years, this family made these really great looking tools since a long time ago! Here is a better description of these things.
Another favorite find was this lady from Madagascar, with all things from that island nation off the African coast. I think I may have been her first customer of the show and she was very glad to tell me all about the spice trade there. She offered her wild peppercorns to taste and though I do not need any more black pepper, but these kernels tasted very different and I ended up buying some along with a very good green Chile paste from her. I am thinking of putting Madagascar on my "places to visit" list now.
There are lots of other interesting things to see, so if you read this in this region, make it a trip before June 1.
COVERED PARKING WITH SOLAR PANELS
NO LINE UP
IT'S A BIG EXHIBITION
MODERN MOBILE HOME
LOTS OF CAMPERS IN FRANCE
THE NEW YORK EXHIBIT
ENJOY YOUR MEAL
NICE BASQUE HIKER
MEAN BASQUE HUNTER
THE ARTIST PRINCE HAS A FEW OF THESE.....
ALL THINGS MADAGASCAR
ANOTHER COOL IDEA
WHAT WOULD A SHOW BE WITHOUT FRESH BREAD....
A PILE OF SUN DRIED TOMATOES
GREAT FRENCH PRODUCT, NOT SO GOOD AT MARKETING
VINTAGE BOARD GAMES
BEAUCOUP DES VINS
WHATEVER IT IS
FIVE EURO PHOTO OP....NOW THATS A GREAT IDEA FOR FUND RAISING