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Old June 6th, 2010, 12:08 AM   #1
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Discover Gers ! (Gascony, SW France)

The département of Gers is not that much of an abomination : it more or less encompasses the former diocese of Auch (formerly Elimberris), heir to the city of the Auscii. i'll include former Auscitan territories on the left bank of the Garonne river which were included into Tarn-et-Garonne (a true monstruosity).





First tour : around Auvillar and the infamous "Centrale nucléaire" in Golfech.

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From Auvillar (from Latin altu villare=high village), one can contemplate the whole Garonne valley which used to belong to Agenais (now Tarn-et-Garonne, should be Lot-et-Garonne). In the distance is Quercy, a whole different universe, the enemies.

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Espalais was in Agenais.

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Auvillar's architecture is influenced by Toulousain architecture. Note that walls should be whitened as they used to be : destroying coating is deplorable as it endangers the solidity of houses. Stupid "southern" dream.

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Leaving Auvillar : we enter deep rural Lomagne (capital : Lectoure), the former city of the Lactorates.

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In Bardigues appear the first Vasconic houses : they're easily recognizable. Above all they're carpenter houses : they're unique triangle-shaped gabled houses (their only counterparts are found in the Alps with chalets) "façade sous pignon" in French. This style is widespread in former Basque areas from Burgos to Bordeaux : this is the basis for the "infamous" Basque etxe. New houses are still built in that style.

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Mansonville : one Germanic/Wisigothic placename in SW France (from Latin : Manso + villa)

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Gramont :

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Around Saint-Clar :

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Montestruc-sur-Gers :

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And then we reach Auch :

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Old June 6th, 2010, 12:23 PM   #2
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Town of Gers is looking really lovely, very nice place
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