Holiday for 2 Lot Garonne South West France

A Romantic Evening South West, France Lot et Garonne

Willeric restaurant Clairac

A flavour of Romance at Willeric , this quirky restaurant inClairac .

A small restaurant named Willeric about 8 minutes from your holiday home here at Gone Fishin’ hidden away in this little old fashioned village Clairac.

For that romantic and special occasion
For that romantic and special occasion Willeric

The history of this now famous quirky restaurant … 29 rue Gambetta was an old bar-hotel-restaurant, owned  by Mme Dieuzaide, from 1963 to 2000. Closed for eighteen years, it is now completely transformed into a new restaurant, retro style  of the late nineteenth century.

Fantastic that you can book online by choosing the calendar on their website enjoy there wonderful website here.. Open Friday to Monday, lunch and dinner.
Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Full contact details on their site.

Where you can see there full menu .

From Starters Duo of trout in ceviche and smoked salmon
Not too sure about the translation here ..Snail slipper with Mediterranean flavorsRoyale of tomato and its velouté “gobi ka” again translation makes a smile.

A choice of Main dishes .Tray of 3 curries (scallops and wild shrimp, fish and lamb)
Guinea fowl in red and black
Matured beef 40 days, cooking on individual stone
180 g →OR 270 g
Profiteroles and its ice cream flavored with Moka from Ethiopia
Waffle, Chantilly cream with Tahitian vanilla
Chocolate marquise

All pictures courtesy of Willeric.  Just 8 minutes fron your holiday home here at Gone Fishin in the Sunny Lot et Garonne. A should in the morning you feel like enjoying some carp fishing the its simpy in your garden … enjoy

Traditional Foods You Can Find South West, France Lot et Garonne

Pancake Day we missed it! February 2nd. In France its called la Chandeleur yet another excuse for a French feast!


The 2nd of February is la Chandeleur. This marks the end of exactly 40 days after the Christmas period coming exactly 40 days after Christmas and traditionally a catholic holiday Candlemas. … Chandeleur is celebrated throughout France (Crepes originated in Brittany) as la fête des crêpes.

Pancake day - Chandeleur Feb 02
Pancake day – Chandeleur Feb 02

Enjoyed very much in this region Lot et Garonne Aquitaine, so much so that in some of the traditional markets a taster we being given out and enjoyed by all.

Enjoy watching how to make a traditional French pancake.

Lets not forget Rick Stein who enjoyed cooking the traditional Cassoulet whilst travelling through the Lot et Garonne down the canal du midi on his boat.

To quote Rick Stein..This hearty, meat-studded dish from Southwestern France is the ultimate one-pot meal.

Sharing his recipe here


A Recommended Day Trip South West, France Lot et Garonne

Bonaguil Castle

The Château de Bonaguil is located in the Lot-et-Garonne, on the border with the Lot and close to the Dordogne. It is only 2 hours from Bordeaux and Toulouse, 1 hour from Agen.

From the top of its rocky outcrop, it dominates the valley and the medieval village.
It forms a group of castles, unique in Europe, in a remarkable state of conservation.

Bonaguil Castle shows off amazing architecture not to be missed as a favourite day out whilst on holiday here at Gone Fishin in the sunny Lot et Garonne.

.This wonderful example ‘Bonaguil Castle’ can be found between Périgord and Quercy in the village of Saint-Front-sur- Lémance near Fumel.

Enjoy this panoramic video of Bonaguil Castle

Built in the 13th century then modified and extended in the late 15th and early 16th centuries by Baron Bérenger de Roquefeuil, this fortress never came under any military attack, thanks to its impressive defence system.
A perfect illustration of the use of military architecture and techniques from the Middle Ages via the Renaissance to the early days of the Vauban fortifications.
Special organised Tours ( or simply stroll around) around Bonaguil Castle, you will be transported on a journey back to the time of the knights. Explore the towers and turrets, barbican, gunpowder store, casemates with embrasures, drawbridge and moats.

The top of the Fort boasts a panoramic terrace with a wonderful view over the whole fortress and spectacular surrounding scenery.

Theatre festival are held at the Bonaguil castle every first week of August and is certainly popular with guests.

Whilst touring Bonaguil Castle you can wander around the Fortress, the caves, walk drawbridges and take yourself into its life of medieval history.

Graffiti in the caves ay Bonaguil castle
Graffite in the caves of the castle

In 1976, whilst exploring Bonaguil Castle the archaeologists Gilles SERAPHIN, Daniel FRUGIER and Michel EGRETAUD discovered under the Barbican, a low chamber under a broken cradle which served in the XVI and XVII centuries a storage place, and found important archaeological furniture . This discovery, associated with the discovery a few years earlier a set of graffiti on the internal walls of the Big Tower, comes to remind us that Bonaguil was indeed a place where people actually lived.

Bonaguil castle
Bonaguil Castle rooms

The storage place where they disposed of broken pottery they found simple clay cups and eating utensils, remains of beautiful stemmed glasses .
Their analysis is still to be done but they decided to put them in front of the public in 2013.

A lovely day out indeed and ant Bonaguil there is a lovely restaurant. Importantly there are car parks adjacent to the restaurant and also at the entrance of the Castle.

France 2019. How Much For A Taxi – Stamps – Whats New In French Currency

French Taxis Cost 2019

France 2019. How Much For A Taxi – Stamps – Whats New In French Currency.

Taxis: New Fares for 2019

Taxis In France 2019 prices
Taxis In France 2019 prices

What you need to know when booking a taxi in France.

 What is the minimum price you will be charged? 

What is the price to go to an airport?

 Taxi fares for 2019 are set by official decree in December 2018.

In 2019, the minimum fare for a journey is set at € 7.10 for all taxis (Parisians and non-Parisians).

In addition, taxi fares are capped at:

  • € 4.10 
  • 1,10 € for the kilometer traveled
  • 36,73 € for the hourly price concerning the waiting period when reserved by the customer).

For Parisian taxis, booking supplements are, as in 2018, to:

  • 4 € in case of immediate reservation;
  • 7 € if booking in advance. 

    Moreover, for all races of Parisian taxis, only extra ” passenger ” of 4 € may be applied from a 5 th person carried.

    There is a flat rates set for the Paris taxis between Paris and the Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly airports (in both directions) remain unchanged compared to those in 2018: 

    • € 50 between Paris – Charles-de-Gaulle airport and Paris rive droite;
    • 55 € between Paris – Charles-de-Gaulle airport and Paris rive gauche;
    • 35 € between Paris-Orly airport and Paris rive droite;
    • 30 € between Paris-Orly airport and Paris left bank.

    There are also flat rates for shopping related to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport:

    • 32 € between Nice airport and Nice-center.
    • € 80 between Nice airport and Cannes;
    • 90 € between Nice airport and Monaco;

    Finally, for travelling for example to Toulouse Blagnac airport, these flat rates vary between € 15 and € 45 (depending on the area of the city). Please check on booking.

    How Much For Stamps In France 2019

    French Stamp New Prices For 2019
    French Stamps New Prices For 2019

     Stamp price: new increase on January 1, 2019

  • Priority letter (red stamp) or green letter (green stamp):

    Rates for stamps for individuals increased by an average of about 10% from 1 st  January 2019.

    This is indicated by a statement of the Regulatory authority for electronic communications and postal services (Arcep) on 2019 universal postal service tariffs.

    For individuals, the price of green stamp (distributed within 48 hours in France) will increase from 0.80 €  to  0.88 € , the red stamp (priority mail delivered within 24 hours in France) will now be priced at 1.05 € (against 0.95 € today).

    The ” Ecopli ,” the most economical way (sending in 4 days on average), will go from 0.78 €  to 0.86 € .

    For parcel post called Colissimo, the public rate Colissimo France metropolitan less 

    than 250 grams will remain at the same price as in 2018 ( 4.95 € ).

    Whats New In French Currency 2019

  • French New Currency For 2019
    French New Currency For 2019

    New Currency Notes of 100 and 200 Euros Arriving May 2019

  • The new € 100 and € 200 notes  are due to enter the euro zone from May 28, 2019, as part of the gradual renewal of the European currency denominations. They were presented by the European Central Bank (ECB) on 17 September 2018.

    These new notes are part of a series called ” Europe ” because two of the security signs used include a portrait of Princess Europe, a character of Greek mythology that gave its name to the continent. Tickets of 5 € , 10 € , 20 € and 50 € are already part of this series.

    The security markings in this series are perfected to allow better protection against counterfeiting. These new notes will be easier to verify the authenticity through feel, scrutinising  and tilting to the light .

  • The new € 100 note retains green as the dominant colour while taking inspiration from the Baroque and Rococo architectural style.

  • The New 100 Euro Note in circulation in May 2019
    The New 100 Euro Note in circulation in May 2019

    The new note 200 € shows secure gates , the yellow colour and the glass and steel architectural style of the XIX th  century.

  • The New 200 Euro Note in circulation May 2019
    The New 200 Euro Note in circulation May 2019

    These two new notes will have the same height as the € 50 note, but they will have the same length as the €100and 

  • €200 notes currently in circulation (the longer the note, the higher their face value).

Siri – tell me about the Lot et Garonne in South West France

Coat of arms of the Lot et Garonne

Siri – tell me about the Lot et Garonne in South West France

“The Lot et Garonne is a department in South West France that sits 123 km ( by road) from Bordeaux. Approx car travel time 1hr 23 mins”.

Siri- Why is it called The Lot et Garonne

The area was named after the Lot and Garonne rivers. It is one of eighty three departments created in 1790 as a result of the French Revolution

Siri – In what region of France is the Lot et Garonne

The region is called Nouvelle Aquitaine.

Siri – What is the main town of Nouvelle Aquitaine

The main town is Agen known as the Prefecture followed by the Sub – prefectures  Marmande, Nerac and Villeneuve sur Lot.

Agen city
The city of Agen which is the prefecture of the Lot et Garonne
Villeneuve sur Lot
The subprefecture Villeneuve sur Lot sur Lot


Siri – Explain to me the Geography of the Lot et Garonne

OK Jennifer I am searching……

Lot-et-Garonne is part of the current region of Nouvelle Aquitaine  and is surrounded by other  departments called The Lot, and Tarnet Garonne, also Gers, Landes, Gironde and the Dordogne  .

The north of the department is composed of limestone hills. Between Lot et Garonne, there is a plateau carved by many valleys. In the west of the department, the Landes Forest is planted in sand.

This are is covered in trees called Maritime Pines.

Landes Forest Maritime Pine
Landes Forest Maritime Pine

Thank you Siri. Close the conversation for now. Goodbye Jennifer.


Wine Tasting South West, France Lot et Garonne

Les Vignerons De Buzet


Enjoy The Experience Of Virtually Tasting The Buzet Wine Taste The Flavours With Andreas Larsson .

When you order a dish in the restaurant, you like to know with what garnish it is served and what the sauce is made of. When you book accommodation for a getaway, you precisely study the location, access … in short you do not leave anything to chance. You do not like being disappointed you wont be either with your accommodation here at Gone Fishin in the sunny Lot et Garonne.

Rozet by Buzet , rosé wine.

This cooperative at Buzet has conquered the exclusively feminine jury of the Féminalise 2018 : it wins the Gold, among wines from around the world  !

Rozet de Buzet
Rozet de Buzet an award winner

A nice success for this fruity and gourmet rosé wine, flagship of Buzet cooperative, ( only 15 mins from your holiday hole here at Gone Fishin Aiguillon in the sunny Lot et Garonne ) . They have committed themselves for more than 10 years in the viticulture way reconciling the best of technology, respect for all and the environment!

Especially since in addition to competing wines from all continents, the jury (all female) contest is composed of more than 600 women – exclusively – professionals and connoisseurs .

Rozet by Buzet , a rosé wine of quality is the mixture of a subtle selection and a meticulous breeding. Fruity and gourmet, generous and elegant, Rozet by Buzet will be the partner of your refined moments.

Domaine de Michelet .

This is a red wine labeled organic and vegan (no application of animal protein, sometimes used to filter certain wines, replaced by vegetable protein). It is a wine without added sulphites.

Domain de Michelet
Domain de Michelet Fruity & Light
Vintage : 2017

Fruity & Light

Vintage : 2017

T ° C of tasting : 16

No added sulphites

Cabernet Franc


The Baron d’Ardeuil.

The flagship red wine of the cooperative, could suit you! Its woody notes and roundness on the palate made it famous.

Baron D'Ardeuil
Baron D’Ardeuil Its woody taste and roundness on the palate made it famous.

The Baron d’Ardeuil claims its share of tradition in its name, which draws its origins in the historical figures of France. It has nevertheless been able to adapt to cross the decades and remains today a classic of our cellar. Do not be mistaken! Tradition does not mean boring!

This red wine has also evolved to cross decades and adapt to current tastes. It is a red wine whose aromas of toast and coffee are preferential for red meats and sauces, but which is very suitable for grilled dishes and even vegetable dishes a little spiced up.

Les Vignerons de Buzet announced recently they have bought les Château de Buzet.

They invisage total renovation so the Chatea can hold events with much wine sampling, seen through the show “La vie de château” presented by Michel Cardoze for TV7 Bordeaux! A piece of Albret history is here!

A Fishermans Tale – Fishing At Gone Fishin For Carp and Black Bass

Carp Fishing 1hr Bordeaux

Fishing For Carp, Black Bass just 1hr from Bordeaux

“Not for the fish do I go fishing”.

My view ( Tony Farrar) on fishing can be summed up by the grandfather in “Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China” (by Jung Chang) when he says “Not for the fish do I go fishing”. The sense of that is that you don’t need to catch fish to enjoy the experience, because there is always a lot going on around you.

Gone Fishin Carp Lake 1hr fro Bordeaux
Gone Fishin carp lake Ih to Bordeaux

The lake at Gone Fishin’ is one of those places – but with the added bonus that you WILL catch fish be it carp, black bass and more. You’ll see kingfishers, pond skaters by the thousand, dragonflies in all colours, shapes and sizes, ducks, coots, a pair of hares and even – on my last morning – a coypu nonchalantly swimming past, not 6 feet away. And all that before I get to the fishing!

Take a walk round the lake in early morning, or at dusk, and you will appreciate just how many fish there are. From the dimples of small fish on the surface through to large carp leaping out and belly flopping back in to the water, and in between those two extremes the starbursts of small fish leaping away as predators (probably black bass) attack them. Probably my favourite sight, though, was when several carp poked their heads more or less vertically out of the water, choreographed as if to make a picture of a Cornish stargazey pie (Google it to see what I mean!). And if you tread carefully you’ll see a few carp rooting around in the margins, slurping up morsels of food. Magical!

Relax at Gone Fishin
Relax at holiday Aiguillon Gone Fishin

So, how did my fishing go at Gone Fishin in the sunny Lot et Garonne?

Well, I only fished short sessions, mainly early and late, and managed to catch 19.5 carp (I will explain shortly).

The only time I didn’t hook a fish was when I tried lure fishing for black bass. I’d never caught one before – and I still haven’t! My research told me that fishing an imitation floating frog was a good summer bait for bass so I bought one to bring along. It really did a fine impression of the live amphibian as I jerked it back across the surface, its legs flexing gracefully like the real McCoy. I really thought it demanded, nay shouted for, attention, but sadly the black bass thought otherwise.

Fishing with Michael Fitzpatrick
Other guests having a good catch of the day

In 5 other sessions I caught 5, 6, 3, 1 and 4 carp by both straight legering and waggler fishing. The best weighed 5.1kg (11lb 4oz) and they were all in fine condition – fit enough to pull my string! I only fished 3 spots – both picnic table spots and where the steps and red sign are along the roadside bank. Hemp and corn on the waggler produced fish, but mainly the smaller ones (2 to 5lb). The bigger fish fell to hair rigged boilies and carp pellets. If I were to fish again I think I would concentrate on the red sign swim – there were plenty of carp about, because of the tree cover, I think. So there you have it – 19 carp.

But what about the half a carp, you may ask?

When we first arrived Alan and Jen said the carp were very lively and a few people had had their rods pulled in. Cockily, and supremely full of confidence, I proclaimed that that had never happened to me and that I had a fool proof system attached to my fishing chair – never let me down, I said. And that was how it was during the week – the rod end would whack round before I casually picked up the rod to play and land my fish.

Not a fishing holiday just a bonus its free.

Then on Friday morning …………

The front part of my system broke. No problem, I thought, as I went for my final two hours fishing in the afternoon. I was waggler fishing and just held the rod all the time – for an hour and quarter without any indication of interest from a fish. Inevitably, I decided to make a change to my set-up and put the rod down just for a second while I sorted out the stuff to change. Whoosh! The rod was pulled straight in to the water. I was about to jump in after it, but realised I had my phone in my pocket. My most serious concern was how to explain the situation to Alan and Jen! That carp took the mickey out of me mercilessly. It zoomed to all three corners of the lake, before deciding to cruise slowly past in front of me, rod in tow, from right to left and back again – and several times!


Relax and enjoy Gone Fishin
Your lake all but in the garden

Eventually it seemed to settle near the left corner and only 20 yards from the bank. So I started to change in to my swimming shorts and, just at the most revealing moment, my wife walked up and demanded to know why I was in flagrante delicto!! Nevertheless, I slid serpent-like into the water near the rod, skilfully putting my right leg through a loop of tree root. Once extricated, I slowly – stealthily – swam towards the static rod. Six inches away and the carp knew I was there – the rod butt moved about a foot before shooting off at high speed across the lake. That was enough for the night – or at least it was when I finally got back up the bank!

All’s well that ends well, though.


The Best Spot For A Selfie in Nouvelle Aquitaine

Grand Dune du Pilat

Where is the best spot to take a selfie you might ask yourself whilst on holiday here at Gone Fishin Aiguillon just 1hr from Bordeaux.

Perhaps we could suggest a good selfie would be your catch of the day around our carp lake if you were a fisherman.

But To be honest our guests love a day out down at Arcachon close to the bustling city of Bordeaux.

Go climbing the Grande  Dune du Pilat, this is the tallest sand dune in Europe.

Arcachon Pine Forest
Arcachon pine forest showing being slowly swallowed up by the Grand Dune du Pilat

Located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area just 60km from Bordeaux.

So, should you make to the top of the largest sand dune in Europe it would surely be  be the best and unique place to take that  selfie.


Steps to the Grande  Dune du Pilat
A choice either take the steps or hike… one way or another

This sand dune is enormous measuring 500 meter in width , 3 km in length and rising to a height of 107 meter above sea level.

The formation and movement has slowly caused the dune to slowly migrate away from the coast, engulfing the trees of an inland pine forest .

After ( to recover) you might enjoy a visit into Arcachon itself, enjoy the famous casino and many restaurants. A truly beautiful replace, at this very popular weekend retreat for many especially the people of Bordeaux City.

Arcachon is associated with a place of health and in recovery. The fresh sea air of Arcachon is said to recuperate various ailments.

Across the bay is Cape de Ferret, a popular with many famous celebrities, many of whom have holiday homes in this chic seaside resort. The lovely town is divided into 5 sections namely, the summer town, autumn town, winter town, spring town and a beach resort.

Casino d’Arcachon, Arcachon….

Arcachon Casino
An evening at the Casino in Arcachon


The casino was originally a chateau  – The Chateau Deganne and in 1904 was converted into the casino .

In the early part of 20th-century Paris and Bordeaux bourgeoisie came spend the summer in Arcachon , so the town was obliged to create a distraction in the form of a casino .

The Casino includes several banquet style halls that are available for hire  for special events