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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion September 25th 2016

It was good bye to Spain as we headed continually northwards. We had that real going home feeling. It has been a funny old holiday. Different in a way to any before. The fridge not working set the scene, the tyres needed replacing continued the rut and the water coming in the roof sealed the deal. We were feeling really fed up with ourselves . It has been a holiday of excellent weather . Hotter than we have had in five years of motorhoming. Hotter than many other holidays taken in gites or hotels abroad. We have travelled further than ever before . Some places have delighted us . Others have just been a little above ordinary. But then thats the beauty of travelling. Sometimes you enjoy something and want it to last forever and other ... read more
The cloisters and the market
The belltower
Medieval cloister

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion June 12th 2014

Ooh la la!!! What a fantastic day in Saint Emilion. We started our day with a walking tour of the town with our guide, Pauline. This is a very old and very historic town with a lot of stories to be told on Emilion and his miracles. We toured a cave that he lived on as he wanted to live out his life in peace and alone. Below the bell tower we entered the cathedral that was dug by hand out of the stone and is completely below the surface and is the largest underground gothic cathedral in the world. It was in its glory painted with religious drawings but during the French Revolution it was vandalized. The revolutionists scratched the limestone to get to the sulphate from the walls and mixed it to make gunpowder. ... read more
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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion May 14th 2013

Moving on, we headed towards St Emilion and planned to stop at Cognac on the way south. We decided to stop on an Aire: a free, or very low cost, parking spot specifically for motorhomes or campervans, and found one just north of Cognac, in a little town called Matha. The Aire was just off the main road near to a pond and an old chateau gatehouse, with enough space for 5 vans, really peaceful and leafy. There were already three motorhomes parked up, by around 7pm, there were the full quota of 5 of us, so it obviously pays to find your stopping point early in the afternoon! The following day we drove into Cognac and had a wander around the town, very quiet and peaceful considering it was a Saturday morning. The town sits ... read more
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The Town Hall Gardens - Cognac
Steves Panorama

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion April 28th 2013

St. Emilion. Continuing eastward through the Dordogne Valley we arrive at the Chateau Soutard Grand Cru Classé (winery), just north of the village of St. Emilion. All the Chateau wineries throughout this region are considered "high end" and the Chateau Soutard was no exception. We were given a tour of the estate and had several samples of their products, which we pronounced as “good.” Carrying on to the village itself we were led through the ancient, cobblestoned streets and entered the Cave of Saint Emilion. Our local guide told us that Frere Emilion took up residence in this cave sometime in the 8th century. His plan was to live a simple ascetic life. Gradually his presence became known throughout the region and pilgrims would visit him for his blessings – or something, I really have no ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion July 31st 2012

Our last full day in France we headed east from Bordeaux to the Saint Emillion area. We visited Chateau Canon in the morning, before heading into the town for lunch. Walked around this very old and beautiful town. Authentic, but with a touch of a touristy feel. Another excellent lunch at L'Enver du Decor outside in back courtyard. After lunch visited the local church before heading over to Chateau Figeac and then finally to Chateau Petit Village (a next door neigbour to Chateau Le Pin). Back to Bordeaux. Walked to the local shopping mall near the hotel. Shopping in the grocery store was a very different experience to what we have in North America for sure. Aisles and aisles of wine... a 10 euro meal that night. The most expensive item was 4 euro for the ... read more
Ancient ruins at the church in Saint-Emillion
Chateau Figeac
Chateau Figeac

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion June 22nd 2012

K- The theme of our final few blogs is basically going to be the same - ancient and medieval cities, beautiful countryside, local markets and good food and wine. I could really just cut and paste the place names. However, for our own historical record I will continue to blog as accurately as possible. Our first stop after leaving Colondannes was La Rochelle, a seaport on the Bay of Biscay and an important harbor since the 12th century. It is a pretty town with beautifully maintained architecture and impressive fortifications. As we so often do we spent the evening walking around before enjoying a kir or two. We then retired to a traditional French Irish bar to watch Euro 2012 - another great thing about being here was to follow the football in countries that cared ... read more
Classic Saint-Émilion
Picnic time!!
A typical view near Saint-Émilion

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion May 8th 2012

Since we had no appointments at any particular chateau in St. Emilion we decided to take advantage of the bank holiday (end of WWII) and sleep in before we head out. This gave us a chance to catch up on some sleep. They way we travel, is pretty much go go go from 7 am until 11 pm so the occasional sleep until 9 or 9:30 is very nice. We did miss breakfast, but the beef from last night was still pretty much sitting there for me so I didn’t mind. Once a wake and showered we were off to the UNESCO world heritage site of St. Emilion. The entire village has been classified as an historic site. Once you see you it will know why and I am sorry but the pictures really don’t do ... read more
Lunch with a view
A toast to St. Emilion
Cassoulet Fruits de Mer

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion April 19th 2011

This is the last entry of a very romantic week. As you may expect, we are now both ready for a small diet. What a week! If you read this entry, you will also witness that travelblog, the site which hosts my blog, has gone through a serious facelift. They are experiencing a lot of teething difficulties, bear in mind, with time, everything will be leaner and way smoother. The last 7 days have been pretty amazing and we are summing the experience with a night and a day in Saint Emilion. No, we didn't spent our time going through wine tastings and vineyards. St Emilion produce two amazing 1er Grand Cru Classe A, the most wellknown being Cheval Blanc. But I've never tasted Cheval Blanc, and at way over 1000 euros a bottle, may never ... read more
Lunch, Le Tertre
Saint Emilion
Ready for another great meal

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion November 7th 2010

Dentre as inúmeras cidades que compõe a região vinícola do Bordelais, nenhuma é tão famosa quanto Saint-Émilion. Não bastasse estarem ali instalados alguns dos mais célebres châteaux da região (e, por consequência, do mundo), a cidade guarda suas características medievais e ainda tem um sistema de catacumbas subterrâneas que foram classificadas patrimônio mundial da humanidade pela UNESCO. Não são poucas prerrogativas, ainda mais para uma pequena cidade, que sequer possui 2500 habitantes. Quem acompanha este blog (a esperança é a última que morre, como diz o ditado) deve lembrar que eu já fora apresentado a Saint-Émilion durante um passeio turístico com meus pais, quando visitamos as tais catacumbas (ver ). No entanto, a visita naquela ocasião foi bem curta, e serviu apenas para aguçar minha vontade de voltar lá e curtir adequadamente. ... read more
Panorama da cidade
Eu e Daniel
A perder de vista

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Saint-Emilion October 24th 2010

Qual a primeira imagem que vem à sua cabeça ao ver a palavra ‘Bordeaux’? a) Vinhos b) A cor bordeaux c) A cidade francesa Se você é como a maioria das pessoas, respondeu a letra a) (a menos, é claro, que você seja um leitor assíduo desse blog!). Nada de surpreendente, já que a fama da cidade se deve de fato à imensa região viticultora que a cerca, conhecida como o “vignoble du Bordelais”. Antes de sua renovação urbanística, Bordeaux costumava servir apenas como cidade-dormitório para os turistas que vinham para passar o dia visitando as renomadas vinícolas. Quando eu avisava que iria estudar em Bordeaux, as reações não eram diferentes. Nada de Garonne, de Quinconces ou de Miroir d’Eau, apenas “hummm, vai para a terra dos vinhos!”, “ah, que bom, aproveite os vinhos por mim!”, ... read more
Saint-Emilion
Clos de la Madeleine
Vignoble du Bordelais




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