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Arrondissement de Libourne

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  • Day252

    Reise Bericht

    April 15, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Bin in der Zwischenzeit "nur" mehr ca 1080km von Salzburg entfernt in Montluçon in Frankreich das ist ein Stück westlich von Lyon. 👍👍😎 Uns geht's gut, Wetter ist auch ok, nur heute Nacht bis morgen mittag soll es aus Kübeln regnen. 😂🤣😂🤣

  • Day6

    Vin Vin Vin

    August 8, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Gegen 9 Uhr haben wir unsere Weintour gestartet. Um 10 Uhr die erste Weinverkostung im Medoc. Es war super interessant, da man uns gezeigt hat, wie eine echte Weinverkostung funktioniert. Wir haben unheimlich viel über die Trauben, den Anbau und die Herstellung von Wein gelernt; insgesamt sind wir auf 3 Weingüterngewesen und hatten eine geführte Tour durch Saint Emilion. Ein wunderschönes Dorf!
    Den Abend haben wir ausklingen lassen im La Petit Commerce, Seafood at it's best!
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  • Day12

    Elfter Tag

    September 18, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Die Tour nähert sich ihrem Ende, wir uns den heimatlichen Gefilden. Der Tag steigert sich...
    Bei Bordeaux geht's los, grob Richtung Rennes. Wunderschön dort. Alte Straßen, alte Burgen, alter Wein. Die Franzosen kleistern ihre Landschaft mit Weinreben zu, wir mit Photovoltaik-Anlagen. Frage mich ernsthaft, welcher Weg der bessere ist. Tendiere zum französischen...
    Da heute km machen angesagt ist - wir müssen bis St. Marlo - wird zügig gefahren. Finden eine Landstraße, die nur nach Norden geht und dazu auch noch durch einen Nationalpark, der im Roadbook empfohlen war. War nicht so toll, von einem Ort zu nächsten, vom Park gab es auch nicht viel zu sehen. Nicht so prickelnd.
    Nach Nantes. Dort sollen wir auf der Ile de Nantes Maschinen suchen. Gibt dort ein Maschinenmuseum und draußen fahren sie einen metallenen Elefanten rum, der sich bewegt. Und Wasser versprüht. Nicht schlecht! Foto für die Road Challenge gemacht, weiter geht's nach Norden, zunächst nach Dinan. Strecke wie jede x-beliebige deutsche Autobahn. Langweilig.
    Dinan ist ein wunderschönes mittelalterliches Städtchen. Muss man auf jeden Fall mal gesehen haben. Machen paar Fotos.
    Nächster Anlaufpunkt: Gezeitenkraftwerk in Dinard. Zweite Road Challenge: drüberfahren. Kriegen wir hin.
    Dann nach St. Marlo, beziehen Unterkunft. Nach drei Tagen Campingplatz endlich wieder Zivilisation. Und was für eine. Steigen in einem Chateau mitten in der Stadt ab. Innen alles alt, bis auf die Bäder. Wohnung geht über 2 Geschosse. Klo oben: versteckt hinter einem Schrank. Quasi mit Geheimtür. Die Fotos sprechen, denke ich, für sich.
    Mit Bier und leckerem Wein lassen wir den Tag ausklingen.
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  • Day33

    Day 33: Mussidan - Port-Saint-Foy

    September 14, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Distance: 33k (745.2/1125.1)
    Weather: 19C, rain in the afternoon
    Mood: wet, but strong and satisfied
    Blisters: 0
    Staying at: Refuge Municipal (a very nice one!)

    The tide is turning

    The sky turned dark grey last night and within a minute there were gusts of wind and we were running inside with out laundry and chairs, finally the relief of the heat had arrived. A night of wind, rain and some thunderstorms and I knew this was going to change the tide for me.
    How lovely the coolness of the wet earth and grass felt and smelt. Like a fresh spring day. The storm had done some damage, including a tree that had fallen on an electricity cable and was close to burning...
    Suddenly it felt like I could walk forever and thanks to my magic sandles (I know sis, they don't look cool, but the camino ain't about looks) my feet no longer hurt and 30+ on a cooler day is suddenly easy.
    Great company of Irma and Lucien led to lots of laughing and even and hour of rain and muddy paths couldn't get to us. We laughed and we walked and we arrived at a fabulous refuge, with the best shower ever, comfy beds and pizza!
    What a perfect day...
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  • Day152

    Saint Emillion- Wine Country!

    August 20, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Following our airbnb hosts recommendation we head to Saint Emilion to visit the "chateaus" for some wine tasting. When he first explained it he said the chateaus are castles, where you can go for tours.. our response was not very enthusiastic until we realised that they are actually wineries that take you for a tour of their estate and end with a wine tasting- we're in!

    The wine tasting in the area is quite different to what we are used to: you need to make an appointment to go. First stop we head to Saint Emilion town centre which we discover is a beautiful little historic town. Next we head to one of the chateaus of the day, Chateau Bernateou- a family run business that has been handed down 8 generations, they produce only 100,000 bottles of wine each year. We get a very personalised and detailed tour of the winery, including the vineyards, hoppers and barrels. We are impressed by the level of detail that goes into the wine making- they use an optical sorter to check every single grape! The wines are delicious so we pick up a few bottles for our picnic lunch and Deb orders a case to ship home.

    Next stop a fancy looking winery with the prestigious "Grand Cru Classic" classification for their wines. We actually weren't that impressed by the wines (and at 10euro each for the tasting it was a bit steep) but their estate is gorgeous, sat on top of a hill overlooking the entire region and complete with fancy looking castle, so was definitely worth the visit.

    Back to Bordeaux for dinner and a walk down the riverside.. there are people everywhere still at 11pm, just wandering around, chatting and dancing! Got to love the lifestyle here :-)
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  • Day108

    La Dordogne

    September 9, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    4 nights in the Dordogne where the weather was very hot and sunny. 33 degrees and pure blue skies -reminiscent of the many hot days we've had in England this year. We drove through beautiful countryside passing very familiar towns and villages from our numerous visits to France in previous years.
    Lovely quiet site on the right bank of the river 10 miles west of St Foy La Grande
    Cycled into the town along country lanes, through apple orchards and vineyards and next to the river. Fruit hanging by the thousands in the process of being picked.
    Made good use of the swimming pool, which was refreshingly cool and very welcome.
    Drove into Bergerac to the Wednesday market - another beautiful town by the river. Bought some sun dried prunes amongst other produce direct from growers at market.
    The site pool is excellent and in a sun trap - very quiet as in last week of the site's season.
    Sewing and cycling Thursday morning.
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  • Day2

    St. Emilion

    April 18, 2019 in France ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    St. Emilion ist eine süße mittelalterliche Stadt eine Stunde von Bordeaux entfernt. Es liegt mitten in der Weingegend, sehr idyllisch. Es gibt überall Wein und Macarones zu kaufen und das Dorf ist auch ein bisschen zu sehr touristisch aufbereiter, aber trotzdem einen Besuch wert.

  • Day13

    Bordeaux wine tour

    August 4, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    We had time to kill before we needed to board the van that would take us out to the vineyards, so we hopped back on the bikes and rode up to a lake on the north end of Bordeaux and had lunch.

    Once it was time, we hopped on the bus and started the 45 minute drive out to Château de La Dauphine. Our driver and guide was impressively knowledgeable, so the drive itself was enjoyable and we learned a fair bit about the land, local winemakers, and business.

    At the Château/vineyard, we got to see the Château itself, which was a very old building that had been abandoned/looted and then restored by the previous owner. We walked over to a plot of the actual vines, and learned about the upkeep, growth, and harvest. This year many vineyards lost a sufficient portion of their yield due two days of frost, but the place we were touring only lost about 10%. Since then, the weather has been great, hot and dry (the vines should struggle for water), so it's looking like it'll be a good year if things continue for the next two months until it is time for harvest. They only have 10 people working the several hundred acre land year round, with another 50 seasonal workers for a three week harvest. They run an organic operation, so they're constantly on the lookout for disease or bug infestations to contain and prevent further spread.

    From there we moved on to where they press and ferment. They have a state of the art gravity fed system, which is very atypical for the region. They explained how the seeds and skins rise to the top, and they run the juice through it twice a day for ~three weeks, giving the wine it's color and tannins.

    Then we saw the barrel storage area, and learned about the different barrel vendors and toasting levels that are used.

    At the end of the process, they end up with 100,000 of their 'first wine' - the one they get to name after their Château, and another 50,000 of their 'second wine'.

    We finished off the tour with a game of trying to guess several vials of different extracts by smell. The correct answers were Strawberry, Smoke, Vanilla, and Cherry. We got two of four right (way off on Cherry, but super close on smoke -- we thought it was either smoke or tobacco). They served us a glass of their second and first wine, imparting the methods of viewing, nosing, and tasting them.

    We hopped back in the van and role to another, more modest Château. We tasted the grapes there, had another few glasses as well as some bread/cheese/meat/chocolate.

    Finally, we took a short trip to the nearby town of St. Emillion, named after a hermit monk and walked through the cathedral and town. The cobblestones were a bit treacherous after the wine, but we both made it without any new cuts or bruises.
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