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Labastide-d'Armagnac, France

"The pump in Labastide-d'Armagnac",
©1999 watercolor, 8.25" x 12" inches

The pump in Labastide-d'Armagnac has probably been here since th 1800's.   It probably was used for watering the horses.   "Bastide" means a fortified village.  The  village is  in a rather remote  region of southwestern France and only locals are allowed to drive into the square.   Rather few non-French tourist venture into this area.   Armagnac region is noted for a very fine liqueur sold under the region name of Armagnac.   It is different from traditional brandy for the more complex distilling process.  

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