Saturday, 16 June 2018

Le petit tour etendu Alternatiba transiberica

We made it! Tomorrow we will join Le Tour Alternatiba. Not in Paris like planned, but in Clermont-Ferrand. 

On our little tour etendu we performed our show 11 times since arriving in France and visited many a magnificent place.... Ecolieus, farms, cyclists, bike workshops, bakers, artists, cafe associatifs ....

Le Ecolieu Galinette in Taller, dans les Landes.... https://ecolieu-galinette.puzl.com/ 
Cedric says: "...try replacing the word consume with the word waste every time you say it....." 
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Next doors, in a village down the road the Ecolieu Jeanot https://jeanot.fr/ a wonderful non hierarchical place also the home of a local radio station https://hapchotwebradio.fr/
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Still in Les Landes, in Belin Beliet a beautiful barn full of old books and paper treasure http://www.librairie-et-caetera.fr/
The recyclerie de Val Eyre in Belin Beliet that had just opened last time we visited in 2014 has grown and has now moved next to the dechetterie. More rubbish to recycle! Youpie! http://repeyre.fr/ 
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In Bergerac we visited yet another D.I.Y. bike workshop, Roue Libre 24 https://www.rouelibrebergerac.fr/
A fun motivated bunch of cycling activists! Yes!
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After Bergerac we stayed the night at a young family who are just starting their market garden in La Grand Chaux, Coutras. The neighbour has been making sheep cheese for many years...

Our next stop was Le Tuquet, another little hamlet where we stayed with a retired couple of foresters who have been creating a wild forest garden in amongst a sea of wheat fields....rewilding their garden, planting hedgerows, turning swimming pools into ponds...

We returned to Reparsac to visit Norbert and Marie Claude again at their Ferme d'Olivet, the home of the association Pain d'Ami https://paindami.wordpress.com/ wednesday is baking day! We played in their beautiful little venue barn, Salle dans la Paille.
Le Tour Alternatiba will be hosted here at the end of the month.
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A fun filled weekend at La Maison Broche in Lusseray http://labolusseray.wixsite.com/chantier/le-projet a collective of artists restoring an old Maison de Marionettes...

Then another farm, more bread and circuses. At the Ferme du Bois du Treuil they grow the grain, mill it and bake it. Top! Mmmmh! http://www.farinepainbio.com/
Down the road La Motte Aubert, a big farm with camping a la ferme, gites... a salle de spectacle, artist residencies, tree planting project, free range chickens and soon a montesori school... www.motteaubert.com/fr/

In Thaire, just south of La Rochelle we visited the Bla Bla Caf', cafe bar associatif tres utile,  bringing  life back into the village https://www.facebook.com/groups/220918565068465/

Followed by La Court Echelle in Fontenay le Comte https://www.facebook.com/la.courte.echelle.fontenay.le.comte/
We played our show in this little cafe, bar, shop associatif in collaboration with the local bicycle collecive Roue Libre https://www.facebook.com/larouelibre85/
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In Poitiers La Fete du Velo with Le Atelier Petit Plateau https://www.petitplateau.org/
another fun filled weekend with a Velorution, bicycle films, our show in a thunderstorm....

And another farm! This time with cows! La ferme ecologique de Gorce https://www.facebook.com/fermedegorce/
A great insight into ecological meat farming with passion.
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Vive la Association! In Saint Leonard de Noblat we find a Brocante Associatif! https://www.mathusalem.org/

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Then across the regional natural park Millevaches, full of forests and meadows, passing by the Magasin General, epicerie, bar, cafe, place to be with friendly folk in Tarnac https://www.facebook.com/mgtarnac/ 
to finally arrive in Clermont Ferrand to meet Alternatiba 63 https://www.facebook.com/alternatiba63/
and tomorrow Le Tour Alternatiba! https://tour.alternatiba.eu/