I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.
- Paul Gaugin, 1897
Every year by the end of Septemer or beginning of October the Absinthiades take place in the town of Pontarlier, Jura, France. Pontarlier - being the birthplace of French absinthe and historically home of the most famous and successful absinthe distilleries it is of course the ideal place. Today, Pontarlier is the home to two absinthe distilleries wtih history dating back to the Belle Epoque. The annual Absinthiades host a wonderful antiques market, the degustation to crown the best absinthes of the year and much more.
Time again for the annual absinthe festival in the French Jura. Right in Pontarlier - the 2006 Absinthiades. As always with a lot of enthusiasts, collectors, distillers and professionals on the subject mixed with curious newcomers to the world of absinthe.
During the first weekend of October the annual Absinthiades takes place in the little, otherwise sleepy, town of Pontarlier in the Doubs region of France. Located just about 70km or so from Geneva and just a short drive from Val de Travers in Switzerland this is the heart of Absinthe history. Early morning on Friday September 30th me and my friend Bork (on Fee Verte, in real life - Anders) headed for Copenhagen airport to meet up with Gertz and fly down to Geneva.
Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.
The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics.
It's the new bistro, the new bar in town. A good place to meet when meeting in real life isn't always an option. Meet me on facebook for more updates from the absinthe world.