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Harley Davidson again

Posted by celiahukins on 10/09/2011

Bikes in front of the cathedral
Now back in the UK, I’m catching up on the blog posts.

Early September is the time for the Harley Davidson festival at Cap d’ Agde, and the bikers have been having a great time touring the area again. They have outings which start with breakfast in one place, lunch in another, with perhaps some entertainment afterwards, and then on to an aperitif somewhere else. The bikers paid their usual Sunday morning visit to Lodève and we watched them drive round the town. (We have seen them several times, as we’re usually in Lodève at this time of year)

We saw the usual tourists exploring the streets of Lodève. They seemed unperturbed coming upon the bikes as they looked for the Dardé memorial and the cathedral. Maybe they came away with an impression of Lodève as the motor bike capital of the South of France.

Afterwards we had a beer at the same cafe where we had sat and watched the St Fulcran procession in May.

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Harley Davidson bikers in Lodeve

Posted by celiahukins on 01/09/2009

Harley Davidson bikers
Lady biker outfitI always find it surprising how many things go on in Lodève. We thought it was a sleepy little town when we had our house built 6 years ago. Last year I was surprised to find a procession of Harley Davidson motor bikes roaring round the Lodève streets, cheered on by the locals. This year we didn’t want to miss the ceremony and arrived in plenty of time on a sunny Sunday morning. First of all we wandered round the stalls set up for the event. On the left you can see what the well dressed lady biker should be wearing.
Admiring the bikesWe admired some of the bikes (Triumphs as well; sorry – I’m not a motor bike expert), watched the band march in, and found a shady spot from which to watch the procession. At last at 12.00 (it should have been 11.30, but that’s France for you) the bikers appeared. They are an international group who meet up at Agde each year. It has become popular for them to drive to Lodève for a Sunday day out.

Bikers' day out
To find out how the French pronounce “Harley Davidson”, look at this 1968 video of Brigitte Bardot. The bikers are known as “Les Brescadous”
CORRECTION – it’s “Brescoudos” – sorry!
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