Bordeaux - I love this City!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

This post may be a little longer than others, because Bordeaux is another City that I fell completely in love with, and I want to do it justice.

The City itself is old and majestic. It's small, but it's got all of the facilities you could want (including the largest supermarket I've ever been to!!). We arrived on a Saturday, and on our first day there, we hired roller blades for the morning and bikes in the afternoon to explore the city. We took a weekend rental on the bikes, and the lovely people at the skate shop let us use the skates first and then swap them over without paying any extra. Also, because the store was closed on Sunday, they told us we didn't need to return the bikes until Monday evening!

On the Sunday, we took our bikes on a train to Langon in the countryside and then rode to a castle called Chateau de Roquetaillade. Riding through the French country-side was absolutely brilliant, and one day I'd like to ride a bike from the North to the South of France (Rob, Russ - I'm going to rope you both in to this trip!). The castle itself was a little disappointing though, mostly because it had been refurbished and 'modernised' by an architect in the 19th Century, and it didn't really have the medieval feel we were looking for! I wanted dungeons, damnit!

Our last day in Bordeaux was the highlight of my trip so far! We went on an all day wine trip, starting with a tour and tasting at Chateau Angelus (for the wine geeks, this was a "Grand Cru Classe 1" vinyard, in the Saint-Emilion appellation). This was really informative, and the wine was great, but the next place... it was just amazing!

We stopped at another Vinyard called Chateau Haut-Sarpe for another tour, and a 'wine makers lunch'. Our host at the vinyard was one of the most charismatic and entertaining people that I've met, and he laid out one of the best meals that I think I've eaten! The food was what you'd expect - cold meats, salads, cheeses, etc. - but it was the wine that made it special. First, he opened some bottles of their 1995(!) wine (second growth, I think?), followed by some bottles of their 2001 Grand Cru. As he sat down for lunch with us all, he got a little drunk himself and kept pulling out more bottles for us to drink! We also bought 2 bottles to take of the 1995 wine, for only 35 Euro,

The last stop of the trip was to the "medieval town of Saint-Emilion", and a trip in to the catacombs and an ancient church, that was built in to the cliffs. This town is beautiful, and seeing a real skull in the catacombs was a little bit freaky!

Another thing we did in Bordeaux, was to buy a bottle of wine for 0.89c, wondering how it would taste. It was surprisingly good, which only added to my admiration of the city!

All in all, because of it's size and the obvious language difficulties, I don't think I could live in Bordeaux. For the stunning countryside and the wine, if I could have a holiday house anywhere in the world, it would be there. At the time of writing this entry (approximately 3 weeks and 8 Cities after the fact), it is the most wonderful place I've been.
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daridah on

Re: Next destination?
OK, at this point, I should give a quick update on where I've been in the past 3 weeks (all with posts to follow):

Portugul - Lisbon and Sintra
Spain - Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona
France - Nice
Italy - Pisa (2 hour stop over), Rome, Florence.

I'm currently in Venice, and heading to Vienna overnight. I won't have time for Prague this trip, but I have plans to go there in upcoming months.

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