André Debru, a metal artist with a passion lives in Costes-Gozon, a small town with less than two hundred inhabitants of the canton of Saint Rome de Tarn. In Costes-Gozon, a small village about 35 kilometers southwest of Millau, you can find André Debru working in his shop most of the year sculpting reproductions of animals, life-size figures, signs, weathervanes, outdoor furniture and other incredible works of art. He has an indoor exhibition area and an outdoor park open all year round that makes for a simple, but very enjoyable visit. His works are monumental sculptures made with recovered scrap metal by this French iron craftsman, artist and blacksmith. Descendant of a line of blacksmiths Andre Debru stopped being a blacksmith to concentrate on creating metal sculptures that are quite creative, original and unusual. Debru's workshop has the revealing name of "The Debris of Debru". Inside it is a bit of a mess, but smaller objects of his creation are for sale there. The large productions are on display outside in front of the workshop and out in a field next to it.
An elephant standing in the field as you come down the road is a reminder that Hannibal passed through here on his way to the Alps. This extremely impressive elephant was created by the wrought iron craftsman André Debru with thousands of tiny squares of scrap metal 5 to 6 cm² for the body portion and stainless steel for the tusks. In 1889, the centenary of the French Revolution was celebrated with the erection of a replica of the Statue of Liberty on the main square of the town of Aveyron. Stolen in 1942 by the Germans, the statue was replaced only in 2006 by a modern statue made of iron by André Debru. On a roundabout leading to the mountainside village of Roquefort, where the famous cheese of that name is produced, are a flock of chrome sheep that were also commissioned by the town and created by Debru. You can see animals like a rhinoceros, a giraffe, a monkey, horses, sheep, a cow, a bear, and a dinosaur. Mythical characters like Don Quixote, Lucky Luke, Obelix, Asterix are all larger than life and leave the visitor feeling much like a child in a fairyland.
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French Wine Map
There is not a more detailed, technically accurate or better looking Wine Map of France. The maps are extensively researched and includes adjacent regions in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. The map includes detail maps of Bordeaux, CÃ´te d'Or and Beaujolais. Each is 24 by 36 inches, expertly printed on heavyweight acid-free archival paper that is suitable for framing. Included with each is an eight page index booklet.
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An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France
by Clive Coates
In this handsome and engaging book, Clive Coates, one of the world's leading authorities on wine, gives us the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and detailed study of the wines of France ever written. Coates's vast knowledge of his subject together with his natural gift as a storyteller make An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France as informative as it is entertaining. He discusses every appellation and explains its character, distinguishes the best growers, and uses a star system to identify the finest estates. With more than forty specially commissioned maps that show the main appellations and wine villages of France in detail and a format that invites browsing as well as in-depth study, this book will be essential reading for anyone, professional or amateur, interested in wine.