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Adishatz! Welcome

Adishatz! This means hello or goodbye in Gascon. Gascony has a distinct identity, and a history which sets it apart from the rest of France. The Gascons regard northern France as another country and are suspicious of Parisians. This is France, but not as we know it!

Gascony stretches from Toulouse in the east to the Atlantic coast in the west, from the River Garonne in the north to the Pyrenees in the south. Gascony is a golden land of rolling hills and wide horizons, swathed with vineyards, sunflowers, maize and pastures. Wild boar and roe deer roam in the oak forests. The people are honest, welcoming and independent. In the towns in summer, locals and visitors can join in with the music of the joyeuses bandas, lively brass and percussion street orchestras of musicians dressed in colourful costumes. The Gascons have their own particular customs, and the French outside of Gascony, when confronted with their funny ways, will shrug their shoulders – it’s the southwest, what can you expect?

Gascony is the home of the swashbuckling heroes D'Artagnan and Cyrano de Bergerac, gutsy red wine, fine sweet wine, Armagnac, cassoulet, magret de canard, medieval bastides, open fields of sunflowers and more geese than people!

To learn more about the long history of Gascony, a good place to start is Louis Puech's Histoire de la Gascogne, originally published in 1914 by the archaeological society of the Gers, price 3 old francs.

Map of Gascony
Map of Gascony

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