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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux December 10th 2019

From Barcelona, we drove through snow, staying halfway between Barcelona and Bordeaux at the cheapest place we could find for which we could pay online, which was a high school/hostel, and finally fell into the embrace of our wonderful friends in Bordeaux, who had a business phone that could call anywhere in the world. I spent nearly an hour on hold with Delta (not Air France through whom we had purchased the tickets). The US/Delta ticket agent was GREAT...his brother had recently been robbed in Rome, apparently with physical issues, so he was sympathetic and he found us fares that did NOT include the $300 per ticket change fees. The cheapest hotel (80 euros for one bed, toilets and showers down the hall) we could find was near DeGaulle airport, so far, so good, as long ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux October 11th 2019

Not a misspell, just to let you know this more about wine than you will ever want to know. I kind of enjoy it, and will probably keep going until someone says to stop. The year 1850, that the biggest wine-producing state—California—received statehood 169 years ago next week (September 9). Today, California has 3,900 wineries and 637,000 acres/242,400 hectares planted to wine grapes. Wine sales in California reached $40.2 billion in 2018. 95% of the $1.6 billion in U.S. wine exports came from California. I am proud to say that our family was involved in some phases of the wine industry over the years. Percentage, 50%, of rosé sold in the five months between May and September last year, according to a report in Seven Fifty Daily. Five years ago, most rosé sales were limited to ... read more
Me in Bordeaux, wine tasting
Bordeaux train station

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux August 21st 2019

Got away from the chateau around 10am heading to Puy L’Eveque for an overnight. 5hr drive today through beautiful countryside, chose no freeways just windy country roads and pretty villages, arriving in Puy L’Eveque around 3pm which gave us plenty of time to explore the small town situated on The Lot….very pretty and we stayed in a very old B&B run by a nice English couple. A beautiful town that should be visited more. All pics are on previous post. Thursday left Puy L’eveque around 10am and drove around 3hrs Castillon la Bataille….we decided not to do freeways….just the whole way on country roads through beautiful villages…which you do not see on the freeways…..it was fantastic….watching the changing landscape from the Langguedoc-Roussillon region…which is quite rocky and sparse to rich soils and lots of farming of ... read more
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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux April 2nd 2019

Tag 25 – Vende hjem Am Abreisetag klingelte unser Wecker um 5.30 Uhr. Um sieben nahmen wir den Bus nach Bordeaux, er kam auch wirklich, sogar früher – ich hatte mich am Vortag auch extra nochmal beim Busfahrer versichert, dass der Bus auch zu der Zeit fuhr. Er hatte dann auch gemeint, dass das mit den Bussen von Bordeaux nach Lacanau-Océan in dieser Jahreszeit echt schwierig war, und auch niemand diese 1 und 2 sah. Der Bus nach Bordeaux fuhr aber zuverlässig mehrmals am Tag. Namid versuchte, noch ein bisschen zu schlafen, und ich schrieb den Bordeaux-Chaos-Blog am Handy weiter. Das hatte ich immer mal zwischendurch gemacht, aber es war einfach so viel passiert, dass es ziemlich lange dauerte. In Bordeaux wollten hatten wir noch eine Stunde Wartezeit und wollten noch mal auf Toilette gehen. Hier ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux April 1st 2019

Tag 24 – Nie wieder nach Bordeaux Der Wecker klingelte um acht und wir gingen in den Botanischen Garten. Das war irgendwie witzig, aus dem Bett aufzustehen und loszugehen - umziehen oder Zähneputzen ging ja nicht. ;) Ana wollte lieber in Ruhe zum Bahnhof gehen, sie hatte ja einen großen Backpack dabei. Wir hatten dann etwa eine Viertelstunde im Botanischen Garten, der glücklicherweise um acht aufmachte. Die Zeit reichte, um einmal vom einen bis zum anderen Ende zu laufen und sich einen Überblick zu verschaffen. Der Garten war in verschiedene Regionen eingeteilt, die Region bei Arcachan entdeckten wir auch. Daraufhin liefen wir zum Bahnhof und setzten uns auf die Wartebank. Schließlich kam Ana auch. Und, mit welcher Wahrscheinlichkeit würde der Bus kommen? Ich meinte 70 %, Ana hatte sich ja am Vortag mehrfach auf dem Handy ... read more
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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux March 30th 2019

Tag 22 – Bordeaux & Hertz-Engel An unserem freien Tag wollten wir nach Bordeaux fahren. Da die Busse nicht so häufig fuhren, mussten wir um 7 Uhr los. Noch recht müde kamen wir dann in Bordeaux an. Als erstes gingen wir zu einer Markthalle. Namid hatte schon wieder Hunger und wir kauften uns einen lauwarmen dicken türkischen Teigfladen mit Honig. Dann schauten wir uns alles an, dafür liefen wir alle Reihen systematisch ab. Am Ende wurde dann das schönste Bund Radieschen von allen Ständen ausgewählt. Da die Radieschen Teil unseres Picknicks sein sollten, wollte ich sie gerne abwaschen. Ich fragte am Stand gleich nach, und sie beschrieben mir den Weg zu den Toiletten. Nach kurzem Suchen fanden wir sie. Namid nahm die Radieschen mit. Als ich gerade beim Händewaschen war, öffnete er die Tür. Bei ihm ... read more
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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux February 13th 2019

It's been seven weeks since we left our home in Les Sables, and apart from a few days staying with relatives this little van has been our home throughout that time - officially our longest motorhome trip ever! Another lovely peaceful night on a French Aire (for which we willing paid 3€ via the "honesty box" on the wall of the Mairie!). Our Austrian friend, Igor, had left later in the evening, so we had the place to ourselves. We'd arranged to meet Tony's sister in Bordeaux, so we headed for the car park in Allées de Chartres, where we knew motorhomes could park during the day (but weren't welcome overnight!). A fair trek for the morning, but we'd had a good breakfast (almost "brunch" - scrambled eggs on toast with lots of coffee). Setting the ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 28th 2018

A short drive from the Atlantic coast is Dinan, a quaint, cobblestoned, village. Our B&B was built in the 15th century facing the village square which is very centrally located. Debra did a great job in booking our accommodation as most of the places have been in convenient locations, clean and comfortable and reasonably priced. The trade off to those benefits were accessibility by car, parking and narrow winding stairs. Most of the times, we just took what we needed out of our suitcases which made the logistics of getting in and out a little easier. Of course, many of these places were built when the average person’s height was about 5ft. 5 inches so I was constantly battling the doorways etc. and the stone arches always win!!! On our way to Bordeaux, we detoured to ... read more
A happy person eating Lobster Roll and Frites!!!
The Cite du Vin in Bordeaux.
The Miroir d’eau in Bordeaux

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux April 30th 2018

Friday, 20 April – Bordeaux, France We boarded a bus for the French border and again admired the green, mountainous region of norther Spain as we journeyed to San Sebastian and the border town of Irun, Spain. From there we caught the metro from one side of the river to the other, depositing us in Hendaya, France. We purchased our TGV tickets, having just missed a connection by 1 minute, so with the wait of 45 minutes I found a boulangerie (bakery), had my first real chocolate éclair and munched on our lunch until the train came. We were expecting a bullet train and whilst the train was, the ride was not. Disappointingly, we never got above 120kph on the standard rails. 3hrs later we arrived in Bordeaux and instantly loved it. Sandstone buildings, wrought iron ... read more
The view from our window in Bordeaux
Bordeaux markets
Ponte Pierre over the Garonne River

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux November 6th 2017

It’s been a few days since the last blog entry, but that was because I figured I should just do one entry about my time in Bordeaux. Unlike my time in Alsace and Burgundy, my visit to Bordeaux has been about one thing, and one thing only: wine. So I left Beaune on Thursday morning. I had toyed with the idea of visiting Perigueux along the way, but as it turned out, I would have reached there about 4:30pm and that was a bit late to see much. The drive across to Bordeaux was over 6 hours, so I wasn’t going to be feeling like doing much anyway. The drive was pretty good though. There wasn’t much traffic, and even though I was on highways and motorways the whole time, the scenery ranged from nice to ... read more
Enjoying the wines of Chateau Lynch-Bages and Ormes de Pez
Cite du Vin
Vineyards of St. Emillion




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