Les Regions au Sud-Ouest de France


Aquitain Tia G.
Geography - coastal, area 41 300 km²,
Aquitaine
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soccer
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Rugby union-
Rugby Aquitaine, Conseil Regional Aquitaine
Rugby Aquitaine, Conseil Regional Aquitaine


bullfighting-450-500 shows on the streets or in one of the 92 arenas.
Including the french course landaise championships in October.
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industry

grapes-biggest industry
bergerac-wine centre
wood-landes has one of europes largests pine forest
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agen- prunes
specialties

Midi-Pyrénées: Scott B.

  • Geography- With its eight départements (Ariège, Aveyron, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Lot, Hautes-Pyrénées, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne), Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region of France. Midi Pyrenees covers 8.3% of Fracne. Its area of 45 300 km2 has a very varied landscape consisting of plains, hills and mountains of differing heights. Toulouse is the region’s capital. Notable for the red brick that gives the city its rosy hue, “The Pink City” straddles the Garonne River. The highest peak, 3,404 m (11,168 ft), is Pico de Aneto.
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  • Tourism- The Mountains are a major draw and are loved by medium and high altitude climbers/hikers. The Midi-Pyrenees does not have a coastline, it is however a water region with its 80 stretches of water and has 1,550 miles of rivers and torrents that feed them. The region is a land of enclosed seas which means that many water sports are available on specially equipped stretches of water: swimming, windsurfing, rowing, water skiing and dinghy sailing, etc. The magnificent scenery of the southeastern part of Midi-Pyrénées, which features the Western Pyrenees National Park and the gorges of the Tarn River, draws visitors interested in outdoor endeavours. Lourdes, one of the world's most visited pilgrimage sites, attracts several million visitors per year. Spanning the river, the magnificent Millau Bridge (opened 2004) is the world's tallest road bridge (1,125 feet [343 metres]).


  • Sports-Water sports are a big deal such as rafting, canoeing and skiing. Also adventure sports are popular in Midi-Pyrenees. There also is canyoning (which includes any activity in a canyon), not forgetting discovery sports such as hiking, horseback riding and bicycle riding among others. Popular sports in the area include soccer, rugby, and handball. The most popular team in Midi-Pyrenees for soccer is Toulouse FC. While Rugby is also a national pastime

  • History-During the 17th Century the Canal du Midi was constructed, and agriculture became prominent, despite nonstop wars which far-off Parisian kings decided to wage. Gradually, France centralized, and the region lost its self-rule. It supported the revolution and remained republican well into the 19th century. Toulouse became a prominent city at the beginning of the 20th Century. The first commercial airline in the world was established out of Toulouse.



  • Languedoc-Roussillon: Gabrelle B (gabbie;~)
  • Fort St. Andre, Gard, Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, France
    Fort St. Andre, Gard, Villeneuve-Les-Avignon, France
  • Geography-To the north of Languedoc Roussillon is Auvergue, the Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur in the east, the Mediterranean in the southwest, Spain in the south and Midi-Pyrenees in the west. Languedoc Roussillon have five departments, Aude, Gard, Herault, Lozere and Pyrenees-Orientales
    Capital- Mont Pellier.
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Tourism- The Mediterranean Sea is being developed as a tourist attraction because of it’s beautiful beaches. The main harbor at Sète has been transformed into on of the many prominent resorts.The King of Languedoc's beaches, Espiguette stretches for kilometre after kilometre of fine sandy dunes. This beach is big enough to find your own space, no matter how many people there are. At Cap D'Agde is probably the most famous beach and forms part of Europe's largest nudist colony.Gruissan is a popular seaside resort village with a ruin on top of a hill above the village.Very popular with wind surfers is La Franqui's beach because it's large and wide. There are two beaches, one just in front of a village, and one further up the coast that is bordered by the sea on one side, and the etang (inland lake) on the other.


Culture:

~There are the medieval Languedoc castles, most of which are branded as "Cathar Castles" in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Carcassonne, Aguilar, Queribus, Peyrepertuse, Termes and Puilaurens.
~The French enjoy 11 national jours feriés (holidays) annually most of which falls on a Tuesday or Thursday.
~Each year there is an excellent summer season (normally from the end of June through to the end of July) of opera, orchestral and pop concerts, theatre, dance and jazz in the open air theatre of the medieval city of Carcassonne.
~Sports such as Ruby, Cycling, Wind Surfing, White Water Drafting, Hunting and Dogsledding.


  • Cuisine- wine is very popular to use in their many dishes. The type of wine and foods it’s used with are:
    Red wine
    - Grilled red meat
    - Pâté, sausages and salami
    - Roasted turkey
    - Feathered game
    White wine:
    - Local sea food products
    Rosé:
    - Salad
    - Onion tart
    - Omelet





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