Rory Ramsden – Luxury French Property Finder & Buyer's Agent in south west France
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Learning about la Gironde from the “Almanach du Facteur”

This article is about an interesting French custom, especially in small towns or villages. It is typical for workers from service sectors, such as the post or mail or the waste collection services, who will come door to door at Christmas time to ask for a donation of sorts. This appears to be a way for the workers to have a bit of extra cash to celebrate at the end of the year. In exchange for this “donation” of sorts, the donor will receive a calendar and perhaps, preferential treatment in the future.

Key Takeaways:

  • Almanacs have a lot of random information about the surrounding area, which in this case, is Gironde, France
  • Gironde has 542 municipalities, 10,000 square kilometers, and 1.5 million people.
  • All of the Saints’s days are listed more than once so that they are easily accessible

“While most calendars are simple two-sided affairs, La Poste’s “almanach”, as sold by the facteur or factrice, is a bit more substantial, and provides quite a bit of useful information about the surrounding département”

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About the Author Rory

Rory Ramsden is a French property finder and buyer's agent working for high net worth private clients wishing to buy a chateau, manor or vineyard in the south west of France. He has lived in France for 8 years after spending time travelling the world on business.

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