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Farm and Ranch Lifestyle

Interested in the Farm and Ranch Lifestyle?  Here are some ideas to get you started living the life in your dream ranch!

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Ski Lifestyle

See what and where the Ski Lifestyle is around the USA and abroad.  How to enjoy the skiing experience in a way that is new and fun for you and your family!

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Living the Good Life!

A lovely drive through the Gers countryside brought me to the town of St. Puy.  The restaurant and farm of Terre Blanche serves excellent gourmet meals, along with tasty food products like pate de foie gras.

Close by to the Terre Blanche farm is the Chateau Monluc, a vineyard, creating its own sparkling wines with various other products of the vineyards:  Armagnac, Floc, red and white wine.  As the Chateau is sited atop a hill, it has a clear view of the nature and countryside.

A great way to spend the day, living the good life!

Lavardens Landscape
Lavardens Landscape

Valence-Sur-Baise

Valence-sur-Baise is a bastide town, founded in 1274 on the banks of the Baise river in the Gers department in the Midi-Pyrenees region.  The main part of town is centered around the church and central square, but Valence also has a river port. The town was originally surrounded by eight meter high ramparts with four large stone gateways.  Sections of the ramparts still exist along with one of the gates, the Porte d’Espagne also known as the ‘hedgehog’.  The ramparts are floodlit on a night making them very pleasant for an evening stroll.

Unique Church on the Main Square
Unique Church on the Main Square

 

Exploring the Chateau de Lavardens

The town of Lavardens is classified as one of the beautiful villages of France,  situated in the Gers (Gascony) department of south-west France, to the north of the town of Auch.  A very small village located on a hill, Lavardens is dominated by its castle.  Historically, it was a fortified village but today there are just sections left for view.  The current castle dates from the early 17th century, although an earlier castle stood in the same location as early as the 12th century.  By the 19th century the castle had fallen to ruin, starting to collapse but over the last 40 years it has been carefully restored.

 

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