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|Chris Anker SORENSEN||STB||39|
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|TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK||STB||11:24:37|
At the heart of the Community of the Communes of Saves, Samatan is part of the Portes de Gascogne. One time the fiefdom of the Dukes of Comminges, it was ravaged by the troops of the black Prince during the 100 year war. Today it is the capital of "pink gold", a nickname that it owes to its Marche au gras ("Fat" markets for ducks and geese) that takes place between October and April, the most important in Gers and in France and by way of coincidence the first of its kind in the world. Every Monday during this time of year, the town centre lights up around three areas, the "fat" hall, the poultry hall and the open air market where the buyers come in large numbers from all over the region and further afield. As all over Gers, laying up a good table is very important in Samatan where restarants like the Canard Gourmand and Cote Sud make the best of local produce and carry on the tradition of eating well. Samatan has also developed its green tourism and offers an extended leisure centre along a 9 hectares stretch of water.
Pau Porte des Pyrénées is a territory of 250,000 men and women with a strong sense of common identity based on peace, sharing and passion. It is a natural outdoors sports destination with the Eaux-Vives Stadium, a golf course, trails for walking and rambling... Nature is everywhere in the town, in its numerous parks and gardens or its plots of land maintained by the sheep. It is also a cultural destination with the Chateau de Pau, its light show and outdoor nightime spectacles in its gardens. Royal land, the city was the birthplace of Henri IV and Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte who became King of Sweden. It is also the land of good cheer with many homegrown produce: the Jurancon wines, la poule au pot, foie gras, sheeps' milk cheese. Finally Pau makes the most of an innovative global economy: geosciences, food processing, aeronautics, horse breeding and Pau Broadband Country, the first high speed network in France. Pau has everything on offer to tempt you to stay either for a day, a weekend or your whole life so you can adopt brand Pau Porte des Pyrénées!