skip's retirement travel

Joined February 2017Living in: Nashua, United States
  • Day5

    Three Chateaux in another region of Bordeaux. All really good wines. La Dominique has a new winery in various shades of red lacquered stainless steel. They are in a prestigious area, with two neighbors being Chateau Cheval Blanc and Chateau Petrus. The latter is said to be the second most expensive wine. The former is none to shabby, either.

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  • Day5

    Le Cité du Vin

    August 12 in France

    Le Cité du Vin Is a museum in Bordeaux about wine, it's history in the region, viniculture, and more. The first pic is of the building, followed by interior pictures. The last two are of the 360° theater room where we tasted 4 wines from around the world (see the last picture). Each wine was accompanied by a video of somewhere in the world that either related to where the wine was made or to a cuisine the wine might go with. They even pumped in scents that related to the videos. Amazingly well done, and really good wines.Read more

  • Day2

    Bordeaux

    August 9 in France

    First stop in France. Most of us know Bordeaux as the wine capital. And it is. There will be several posts about that. This is about the city itself. First is the Bourse plaza along the river Gironde. Thee second and third are monuments. 4&5 are street scenes. The last is the public garden.

  • Day26

    Chateau de Taillan

    August 9 in France

    Another Chateau in Haut-Medoc. Here we were hosted by the owner/general manager, an unusual treat. We tasted a red, rose and white. The white is very unusual in the Medical. This was a Sauvignon Blanc. They make about 6,000 bottles of white, compared with 175,000 bottles of red. All were good. I'm not a big white wine person, but this Sauvignon Blanc was quite good.

  • Day2

    Chateau d'Arsac

    August 9 in France

    My first visit to a Chateau. D'Arsac is a village in the Margaux and Haut-Medoc appellations. After the label is a pic of the Chateau, the inside the remodeled Chateau. The some barrels in the aging cellar, the vineyard. Finally, some ripening Merlot grapes. The harvest should be in 6-8 weeks. The wines were great. The Margaux is the best I've had.

  • Day24

    San Sebastián 2

    August 7 in Spain

    These are pictures mostly of the old town. First is the city hall, originally built as a casino. Some might say things haven't changed much. The fourth is one of the oldest buildings in San Sebastián, a church that survived the burning of the city in 1813. The next is of the oldest building, located just down the street. Notice the half timber construction from the 16th century. Last is the theater, built as a match of the Opera House in Paris.Read more

  • Day24

    San Sebastián 1

    August 7 in Spain

    San Sebastián Is a seaside resort town that was basically built for that purpose after 1813 when the city was burned by the British. The first 2 are views from the mountain adjacent to town. The second is the main beach and the last two are views of town. These are of the newer portion of San Sebastián, built to look like 19th century Paris.

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