Week of local events in south-west France

Market of variety

Last week of July was full of local events in Brossac and its surroundings. Participation in them was the best opportunity to immerse in the French culture and practice the language. The first thing that we attended was Monday market in the town of Chalais. That was the unique experience of tasting and buying local specialties, drinking coffee and talking to people, which made us feel as we were locals. You can read a bit more about our visit to the market in one of my last posts.

Picnic by the lake

The next day also did not let us get bored. In the evening we went to the lake to take part in the picnic. Everybody brought some food with themselves and share it with others. Thanks to that, we could enjoy French, homemade dishes. Sitting on the grass, at one, long table together felt like being a part of the community.

Lights on the picnic improving the atmosphere

Walk & eat

On Saturday (31st of July) we had a chance to get a new experience by showing up at the event called “Marche gourmande” in Châtignac – a village 3 km away from Brossac. The idea of it is to take a walk through charming rural area of south-west France and stopping for a meal every few kilometres. The order of eating is no different than French. We started with aperitif in salle des fêtes in Châtignac and after that we set off on our journey. Every next stop was entrée, plat, fromage and dessert. In total, we went around 12 km. We got back to the place where we started just after it got dark. The timing was perfect, just as the whole concept of the event.

Paul – president of the association, Singaporean-American volunteer and Polish Erasmus intern during the event

South-western France is full of interesting events which enrich our interning and volunteering experience at La Giraudière. We will make the most of it and I will make sure that you will stay informed about everything.

About La Giraudiere

The whole idea of the La Giraudiere project is for people of all backgrounds, all ages, all nationalities to have the chance to live together learn about each others lifestyle exchange their knowledge, experiences and skills whilst living and working together in France and at the same time helping, improving and adding to the Project for those to come in the future. To see the different types of volunteers work that has been done and what is still required visit our website
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