Shops and amenities
The Village, Riscle, with its population of only 1200, boasts 5 cafe-bars/restaurants, all only a few minutes walk from the house!
Bars and Restaurants
Choose from the stylishly upmarket Le Pigeoneau, the chic Bar Robert or for regional cuisine, Le Pont d’Arcole. If it’s traditional French home cooking you’re looking for, plump for Le P’tit Bouchon or Bar,Brasserie D’Artagnan. In short, during a one week stay, you can lunch at a different eaterie every day of your stay without even having to go outside the village (the Frenchies are big into lunch and you’ll find that most restos do lunch rather than dinner, even in the cities).
The main village boulangerie is run by husband and wife team Jean-Luc and Joelle who pride themselves not only on the range and quality of their bread, but on the patisserie they lovingly prepare every day of the week (except Monday when they take a well earned rest – then you walk to the other boulangerie).
There’s a new supermarket run by the Barr’s, just outside the village, a local family who pride themselves on their butcher counter, cheese selection and fresh fish on a Friday. And then of course there’s the oyster-man who comes from the coast (foodies?). Thereafter, you’ve got a stunningly stylish flower-shop, a newsagent, cashpoints and for those unforeseen problems, pharmacies, doctors and dentists…basically all you could want for that well-earned rest in rural France.
At the local college, you’ll find La Galerie Bleue, an art gallery focusing largely on modern art which is open to the public both during and outside term time. Here you’ll regularly find exhibitions by well-known international as well as French artists.
The village market is on a Friday morning and spills from the market hall right down into the main town square with its pretty fountain and imposing XI century church. Why not stop and sip a coffee in one of the cafe bars while you watch the world go by?
If you fancy a swim in the company of others, you could take a leisurely stroll to the newly refurbished village pool which is open in July and August. Or there are lovely swimming lakes only a short drive away. In the park you’ll find peaceful and unspoilt river walks and picnic spots, as well as tennis, basketball and fishing.
Also in the village is the Church of St Peter of Riscle. This classified historic monument of France dates way back, with questionable traces of IX century roots, but is certainly traceable back to the X century. A typical Gascon, gothic church it holds court over the whole village and is visible from virtually every corner. What’s more, it holds an interesting and troubled history with the English – so beware!
The village festival is held in early August and is a spectacular celebration for the whole family.
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