Wine Country

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Dec 03, 2012

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Flag of France  , Aquitaine,
Thursday, August 9, 2012

Day 93: We arrived in Bordeaux just before 11pm after a very long train ride, check in time was before 11pm so we thought we could make it in time, and we would have except we took a wrong turn at the tram stop and instead of walking 100m to our hotel we ended up walking 2km in the wrong direction.  Emma was pretty cranky by the time we got there but we were able to get a key for the room and check in the next morning.

Day 94:  Today we planned to do some sight seeing of the city but by the time we woke up and we had to do a lot of washing and we went for a shop we didn't end up doing anything at all, so we decided to book an extra night in Bordeaux to make up for it. 

On the plus side I was finally able to find and buy a pair of running shoes which I have been trying to look for for a while, I was so happy and went for a run that night and it felt so good.  My first run in 3 months and I did feel it a little in my legs the next morning though.

Day 95:  We did the exploring today that we had planned to do the previous day, we checked out some churches (Church of St. Pierre, Basilica of St. Michael), all were similar to other churches we have been to.  We walked around the streets, did some window shopping and generally just strolled through the city and looking at things that caught our eye and looked interesting.

We also booked our wine tour of Bordeaux for the next day which should be amazing.

Day 96:  Today we had our tour of the wine country of Bordeaux (we chose a Sauternes wine tour).  We left at 9am and we ended up visiting three different chateaus (Maille, Naire and ????), the wine we had was very different to any that I have had before, it was a lot stronger with a honey taste but the more you had it the nicer it got.  The first chateau was in a really old building (17th century) and was amazing, it still had all the old furniture (over 200 years old), paintings, amazing architecture and a massive garden with statues.  The family still live here but it is for sale, so if anybody wants to become a count or countess the price is a mere 60 million euros.

The second chateau was just as big and we were treated to a meal prepared by a member of the family which is a real privilege apparently.  We tried a different wine with each meal, all white and one red with dessert.  All the wines were nice but the red one didn't fit in with the rest, we ended up buying a bottle from this vineyard but haven't opened it yet.

The third chateau we visited was one of the oldest in the region and had been divided among other families but was still massive, we tried the wine straight from the barrels and one from a bottle.  We were taught at this place how to properly observe the wine using the 5 senses and as the same with the rest of them, the first taste is a little strong but it gets better with the more you have.

We then after the tour, booked our next accommodation in Madrid and then headed back to the hotel to pack since we had a long day ahead of us with about 11 hours on the train. 
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