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  • Day11

    Die Zitadelle bei Nacht

    July 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Nachdem wir unser WoMo abends abgestellt und etwas gegessen hatten, sind wir noch kurz in der Stadt spazieren gegangen. Auf dem Rückweg sind wir auch an der Zitadelle vorbeigekommen - und wer hätte das gedacht: sie war sogar nachts für Besucher geöffnet! Die Gelegenheit haben wir uns nicht entgehen lassen, denn so konnten wir die Zitadelle in aller Stille ohne Touristenströme erkundigen, und durch die Beleuchtung war es besonders schön. (LK)Read more

  • Day2

    Halte à Blaye (33)

    October 9 in France ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Entré en Gironde ce matin, je me suis hâté pour prendre le dernier bac traversant l'estuaire. Malheureusement, mes prévisions étaient en dessous de la distance réelle.

    Depuis hier, je me demande : pourquoi le chemin balisé ne va-t-il pas tout droit, comme les infrastructures routières ?
    Est-ce une métaphore de la vie avec ses sentiers sinueux ? Loin du confort de la voie bitumée, toute tracée et faisant fi des parcelles agricoles ?
    Ceci étant, j'ai marché plus de 30km hier alors que j'étais censé en faire moins. Aujourd'hui, j'en ai fait presque 40 alors que j'étais censé en faire 30...

    Ayant marché comme un dératé (moyenne de 7km/h) à travers les vallons du blayais pour attraper le bac, je me suis finalement résout à l'entrée de Blaye que j'allais le manquer à 20min pres. Ce fut un soulagement même si je ne savais pas vraiment où planter ma tente, dans une agglomération qui plus est.

    L'office de tourisme étant fermé (comme hier), j'ai sollicité le curé de Blaye, au presbytère, afin de faire tamponner ma crédenciale. Il m'a alors ouvert sa porte et proposé le gîte.
    Ayant posé mon sac dans la bâtisse, j'en ai profité pour visiter la citadelle de Blaye, le corps allégé.

    Je me suis même fait une amie ! 🐕
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  • Day419

    Day 420: To Bordeaux, via Blaye

    April 10, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    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 ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    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

  • Day60

    Bordeaux to Blaye / Etauliers (Day Two)

    June 1, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    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

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