In contact with people
The oysters and prawns of Philippe Lucet
Several kilometres of gravel track from the Port of St. Vivien leads to Philippe Lucet’s restaurant “La Petite Canau”. Philippe has been
here every evening for more than 20 years, in the prawn-selling season of July and August, doing his cooking, char-grilling the
freshly-caught prawns on a shovel, and preparing the chips to go with them...
Mazarin and the Palais du Costume
Joseph Fragomeni alias "Mazarin" is the founder of this unusual museum opened a few months ago in Lesparre-Medoc. Mazarin” is a former
Parisian designer, famous in the world of cinema and theatre. He has created many hundreds of costumes for actors as well-known as Jodie
Foster, Philippe Noiret...
Serge Andron, lighthouse keeper at Cordouan
In the past the post of lighthouse keeper often used to pass from father to son. But in my case I was really drawn to the sea because
I was from the Vendée, from the village of St. Gilles Croix de Vie, which was a big fishing port. I had an uncle and 3 cousins who
were fishermen and when I was little I often went out on my uncle’s boat with him...
Bruno Albert is our neighbour. Whenever I go to the car park, he greets me warmly. Unfortunately, our French does not take us very far, but
on Easter Sunday we were invited to come to hear him play in the Basilica of Soulac. For this great Easter mass, the basilica was crammed
to bursting. Bruno Albert played on his wonderful organ and believers sang with fervour...
Do you know Mimi Thorisson ? Mimi spent part of her life in China, then London, then Paris before leaving for the Medoc with her husband
and their 7 children. The Medoc is perfect in the sense that you have the best of everything on a plate, with its astonishing chateaux,
over 1500 vineyards, the ocean and wild beaches of white sand, untamed pine forests , home to wild boar, red deer and woodcock...
Claudéa Vossbeck-L’Hoëst has been living in Médoc for more than thirty-five years. She came here searching for a place to live with horses where
she could found the association «Action Centaur’ Aquitaine» specializing in giving distressed horses a new life... In some places there was just
not enough grazing-land, elsewhere too many roads, too many people, not enough space to live in peace...
Arlette und Nicole
In Lesparre and in its environs, Arlette and Nicole, twin sisters of 62 years, are well-known for their participation in the activities and goings-on
of local life, preparatory work for cultural events, delivery of services and basically helping out on all fronts. One can always count on them:
indefatigable, they cannot say no, and, moreover, they take pleasure in doing what they do because they are kind people and value human relations...
Wolfram Knöchel: Spurensuche im Médoc
At the End of May we’ve travelled to the Medoc – for the first time.
As a journalist I have covered a lot of the French regions and over many years we had various French holiday destinations, though never the south-western part.
This year was different – well, everything was different. Because the story of this journey started way earlier... Halle/S. 27.12.2014: A shoe box without a
lid. My tentative fingers find it in the dark corner of the book case whilst I was looking for… Well, what was I looking for...