Arrondissement de Blaye

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  • Day16

    Last Parkrun for 3 months.

    January 5 in France ⋅ ⛅ 37 °F

    The reason for stopping here was to do one of only 5 or 6 Parkruns in France.
    After a very cold night -4, we stayed in the warm van for as long as possible, then at 8.50 emerged expecting the usual crowds at the start. There were only 10 others!
    So after shaking hands with everyone we did 3 laps of a nice level park. They asked you to time yourselves as they did not have all the right equipment.
    At the end we all shared hot coffee and tea and a lovely sweet French tarte.
    As Wendy and I both still had colds and Wendy a headache as well we were a bit slower than normal.
    They were very proud to tell us their Parkrun had been going 3 years and that it was the first in France.
    There are no Parkruns in Spain so we may do this one again on the way back in 3 months time.
    It was probably the smallest, coldest but friendliest one we will ever do!
    After a hot shower and porridge it was back on the road for a free night near the village of Labouheyre.
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  • Day419

    Day 420: To Bordeaux, via Blaye

    April 10, 2018 in France ⋅

    Long drive today. Left Carcassonne around 11 and headed north-west for about 4 hours of driving in total, though we stopped briefly to eat some baguettes.

    We arrived in a place called Blaye just north of Bordeaux around 3pm to check out part of a World Heritage site. In the 17th century there was a French military engineer named Sebastian Vauban who was tasked with fortifying the country's borders. Many of the designs he came up with lasted well into the 20th century, and they're scattered all across the edges of the country (though only 12 are on the World Heritage list).

    This one in the town of Blaye is a river fort, a large fort guarding the river that runs directly down to Bordeaux, once France's most important port. It's interesting because it's designed to withstand attack from both land and sea, and there's a gun tower in the middle of the wide river, plus a smaller sister fort on the other bank (though it was a long drive around to get there, so we skipped).

    Spent an interesting couple of hours wandering around looking at things, and Schnitzel enjoyed rolling around on the grass here as well. It's really starting to feel like spring, the trees aren't quite so bare anymore and lots of flowers are blooming. About fricken time if you ask me!

    About an hour back south to Bordeaux where we went to the supermarket, then checked into our Airbnb. It's in a commuter town about 10km west of the city proper, though it has a nice little village feel to it. Our apartment is a total bachelor pad, with a huge TV, an Xbox and blazing fast internet connection, though a few broken things, some spotty cleanliness and a pretty poorly equipped kitchen! Oh well, we'll be comfortable enough here for the next five nights. I celebrated moving in by watching the Champions League football on the huge TV which Shandos was definitely impressed with!
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  • Day5


    September 26, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 81 °F

    At noon we cast off from Bourg and headed to Blaye. Blaye is located on the east side of the Gironde Estuary and is known for its citadel complex high above the town. It was designed by Vauban, a military engineer during the reign of Louis XIV. Built between 1685 and 1689 its goal was to protect the town from invaders coming up the estuary. Along with forts on the other side of the estuary it was able to control river traffic. It is quite a complex with its own streets, barracks and even a prison. There are still ruins from a 12th century castle within the ramparts. Legend says the hero Count Roland of Blaye from the Chanson of Roland was buried here in the basilica on the site of the current citadel.Read more

  • Day7

    Chez Gendron day 2

    July 3, 2016 in France ⋅

    Lazy morning today as had a late night. Sat chatting till wee hours. Beautiful sky with so many stars as there was so little light pollution. Walked into the local town but all was shut but i suppose it is Sunday. Poignant reninder of the two great wars in the town square. Vineyards all around with vines teeming with baby grapes.
    Caught some sunburn despite applying sun cream. Now have to figure dinner out😗
    Cooked Quesadillas for the gang which seemed to go down well or perhaps it was the liquid supplements that carried it???
    Chatted until the early hours again, girls competing for the loudest voice as usual !
    Amazing clear night sky again, so many stars, really beautiful.
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  • Day6

    Chez Gendron

    July 2, 2016 in France ⋅

    Headed south towards Bordeaux to find sun, temperatures are supposed to head towards 26deg, not great but not too bad either. Stopped for lunch at Parthenay which has a loveley medieval quarter. Just north of Bordeaux we entered vineyard territory with vines as far as the eye can see, found a lovely Dutch run campsite where we have top and tailed the vans so we have a large area. Beer and fizz now flowing while we lap up the evening sun.Read more

  • Day9

    Chez Gendron 3

    July 5, 2016 in France ⋅

    Had lovely walk to a local winery for degustation! Very welcoming host apparently named Jerome and very handsome according to Les😍
    Tasted several wines and spent a small fortune on produce😉 which was delivered to the campsite, now safely stashed in the van ready for returning home.
    On the way back stopped off at an even more local winery and felt the need to procure more wine which we will pick up on Thursday. Spotted a small dead snake on the roadside which the girls didnt like. All in all a great day with plenty of sunshine. Lesley cooked a lovely curry dish tonight with Karen in support on rice.Read more

  • Day10

    Chez Gendron Day 4

    July 6, 2016 in France ⋅

    Started the day off with a short 4 mile run alonside the vines and through some very pretty woods. Met one other runner and a couple of donkeys otherwise just the sounds of birds singing and the skittering of lizards in the undergrowth to disturb the tranquility.
    Back to campsite for a cooldown as its a lovely hot sunny day today. We have decided today is our last day here as tomorrow we will head off to our next destination at the foothills of the Pyrenees. This campsite is highly recommended for its spacious pitches and beautiful location amidst the vines and wooded areas, a truly relaxing experience.Read more

  • Day60

    Bordeaux to Blaye / Etauliers (Day Two)

    June 1, 2017 in France ⋅

    We left our Air BNB about 10.30am and walked back down to the tram station. 🚋🚊 About a 30 minute ride we arrived at La Buttinere, just as we arrived the bus to Blaye left so we had to wait another hour 🚌😭 We got into Blaye about 2.00pm after an hour bus ride. David picked us from the bus stop and about a 30 minute drive to their property. It's beautiful! They have​ two gorgeous dogs Hannah and Xibo 🐕🐩, chickens 🐥🐔, ducks 🦆. Their beautiful villa house looks over a private lake and forestry.
    David showed us around the place then we played a game 'Mexican Train'. We stopped to eat a delicious dinner and back to the game 😊 We took the dogs for a few walks. They were knocking at our door when we went to bed so had to let them in of course. 😍😍😍🤗🤗🤗
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  • Day69

    Blaye, France (Day Eleven)

    June 10, 2017 in France ⋅

    Sleep in today YAY! 🤗🤗 Still full from dinner last night so no breakfast this morning for me! Maria & David drove us into Blaye, dropped us off about 11.00am at the markets. 🚗 We wandered around them for a while, plants, veggies, seafood, butchers, clothes, shoes etc. We had a slice of pizza each then decided to walk into town a bit, but didnt really find much on the side streets, without knowing where we were going we headed to the Citadelle de Vauban. We walked around for a while but it was quite a hot day so we found a shady spot under a tree and had a snooze! Lol. 😴🌲💤 We then started to wander back to where we were getting picked up but not before a stop at the patisserie! 🍰🍺 On the drive home we stopped at ANOTHER patisserie for some more choccie eclairs! 😍🤗 Back to the house to relax, have dinner and more Mexican Train 🚆🚂🤗Read more

  • Day61

    Etauliers, France (Day Three)

    June 2, 2017 in France ⋅

    Up at about 730am, ready to start work about 850am. Took the dogs for a quick walk 🐕🐩🐩 Our first job was to trim back the trees and hedges etc along the driveway... Huge driveway! 😯 We got stuck into it and had a break at 11am then got a bit more done and lunch at 1.30pm. They have their main meal for lunch rather than dinner so it was roast & veggies YUM! So good to have some home cooked meals. We played another game then started more work about 4pm and finished just after 530pm. Had a nice cold beer, 🍺 Showered, and then nibbles for tea. Another game and now relaxing 🍷🎼🎲Read more

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