By Martin Calder
A summer time in Gascony: researching the opposite South of France conjures up the points of interest and sounds of the opposite South of France-its robust spirit of independence, its love of the land, and the straightforward pleasures during which it revels-with this fascinating fish out of water story a couple of younger Englishman who spends a rare summer season operating at a Ferme-Auberge in a distant hilltop village in Gascony, probably the most rural elements of Southwest France. it's an idyllic land of rolling hills and vast horizons, swathed with vineyards, sunflowers, and pastures. within the tiny hamlet of Peguilhan, Martin Calder is brought to the Gascon lifestyle, operating the fields and shepherding sheep. it's in Peguilhan that Calder discovers a different and fiercely self reliant humans. filled with colourful characters and sun-drenched landscapes, this can be a story of 2 amorous affairs: a summer time romance with Calder's fellow stagiere, Anja, and the start of a lifelong love affair with Gascony. alongside how you will meet the charismatic and convivial Jacques-Henri, the hardworking farmer whose relations takes Calder into their domestic and hearts; Pattes, the mischievous and lovely stray puppy who leaves havoc in his wake; Madame Parle-Beaucoup, town gossip who has a mystery of her personal; and the memorable Monsieur Fustignac, whose delight in his Gascon historical past is unforgettable. virtually nearly as good as a weekend getaway, A summer time in Gascony: studying the opposite South of France is an experience you will not are looking to omit!
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The next Duke was Sans-Sans, followed by Guilhem-Sans, Bernat-Guilhem and Sans-Guilhem. Well, why waste a good name or two? The Dukes of Gascony were a legendary dynasty, yet little is known of them apart from their names. These were feudal times. Gascony was a land of fiefdoms, where each local count had a mind of his own and there were many local conflicts. Perhaps it reveals something about the Gascon temperament that when left to their own devices, they were too busy getting on with living or fighting one another to bother writing things down.
Anja smiled at this, and bit her lip as she tried not to giggle. Bruno got a splinter stuck in his hand from a broken tray. He whispered an unrepeatable French expletive, then looked up at everyone and apologised. I was losing interest in the farming magazine. Enough about combine harvesters, hay baling and the problems facing goatherds at this time of year. I turned to Anja. ’ I asked. ‘I’m curious about the world,’ she explained. ’ Paul and Florence were talking about what it had been like for each of them growing up on their respective farms.
As the Vascones made the land their home, they gave it their name, Vasconia, which later took the form Gascony. In the year 602, the Frankish kings appointed a Duke of Gascony in an attempt at controlling the unruly Gascons, but it didn’t work. The Gascons were a law unto themselves and they fought the French armies using the natural fortifications of the mountains and the forests, where they could hide, ambush and disappear. In a similar way as the cartoon character Astérix the Gaul, in his village by the sea, refused to submit to the Romans, so the Gascons in their isolated land resisted the power of the faraway French kings.
A Summer in Gascony: Discovering the Other South of France by Martin Calder