This is the third of a series of explorations of French “terroir” – a conception of land as an organism whose characteristics and products are intimately linked to the nature of its soil and the crafts of its people. A “terroir” appeals to your senses. It is a harmony of tastes, colors, sounds and feelings that are unique, exclusive and singular.
This second series will focus on "The Pilgrimage Routes - Sur les chemins de pèlerinage
". We invite you to join us as we investigate the Pilgrimage routes of France on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
The tradition of this pilgrimage has crossed the ages from medieval times to the present. It gave us the first “Michelin Guide”, Le guide du pèlerin, written in 1124 which took the pilgrims to places of worship: Vézelay, Conques, Moissac, Chartres, Tours, to name but a few. It gave the pilgrims rules of conduct, warnings, and good places for lodging. In 2009, 145,877 men and women from over 100 countries and very diverse ethnicities and religions received the “Credential” that confirms their bona fide status as Pilgrims. The tradition is alive and well.
Friday, October 15, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Opening presentation
on the history and traditions of the Pilgrimage to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Presentation by Roseline Cousin in English; reception to follow.
Tuesday, October 19 - Tuesday, November 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm: 5 week mini-course in French.
We will study texts, songs, maps, and the traditions of the pilgrimage. Of course, we will stop by a few Romanesque Basilicas and Cathedrals that mark the route of the Pilgrims.
Friday, November 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm: a special evening of wine and cheese tasting of products from the pilgrimage, in English.
$170 for Alliance Française members, $200 for non-members
Pick and choose the events that interest you:
Presentation: $10 for AF members, $20 non-members
5 week Course: $140 for AF members, $150 non-members
Wine and Cheese Tasting: $30 for AF members, $40 for non-members
To register for all three event please use this event listing. To register for individual events in this series, please use the individual event listings.