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    • Day 49


      May 9, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      We spent the day exploring Bordeaux till late into the evening. So many beautiful things to see. What I’ve seen so far of Europe is truly magical. It feels like a fairy tale sometimes.

      We went to SO many places I can’t even describe them all. Pey-Berland tower (231 step spiral staircase - climbed it!), St Andre Cathedral, Palais Rohan, Grosse Cloche (clock and bell tower), took an open air bus tour, walked the Jardin public gardens, Porte Cailhou & Porte de Bourgogne (two old gateways - when it was walled - to the city that still stand), St Michael Cathedral & the Pont de Pierre (bridge). Then we stayed until dark and explored a lot of the city lit up. Beautiful!

      Things I don’t like about France: the food, and the people haven’t been especially friendly or kind. Unfortunately stereotypes have rung true. Things I loved about France: the desserts, and the beauty of everything around me.
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    • Day 4

      South toward the trail

      June 17, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      It was a confusing and tense morning of ticket and train matching. What would have been a simple fix in the old days of lots of station masters who can answer questions is now just a guy you wait in line for an hour to talk to who has no power to touch a Eurrail pass. I think God solved the problem for us. I think. 🤔 I activated our passes but according to my app it called my activation date my first day of travel (we get four) That leaves us one day short. I had reservations to get on the train today and I had activated the passes yesterday but my misunderstanding of what “activation” meant has us messed up. They say on the trail “the Way” will provide. The ticket collector was satisfied with the reservation tickets and didn’t actually check my Eurrail pass. That gives us back a day. The Way did provide. (Before you think I’m getting too mystical, read John 14:6. That’s my understanding of The Way.)

      So now we are getting out of the city on the TGV going 300 km/hr for a smaller, slower town. Jon and I have never been to Bordeaux and since the train from Paris to St Jean ran though here anyway we decided to get off and look around. Paris, a city known for style and fashion was hard for me with my three practical zero fashion hiking outfits and no makeup or styling products. I’m sure I looked like a homeless person to them but on the trail I think I’ll fit right in.

      I think the whole world is in a heat wave right now. It’s 104 F in Bordeaux. Yuck. It will cool off before the hike but it will also be rainy. Hmmmmm. Which is better?!

      On the upside, our two rooms in the Hilton are luxurious compared to that one room in the hostel in Paris. (These were way cheaper too!)

      I also saw another couple that was dressed like us- probably other Camino hikers. Slobs unite!

      We went to the old town of Bordeaux which turns out was settled by the Romans. I drank from an ancient Roman well (I’m sure the water was fine) and we stumbled on a cathedral that was built in 800’s. No… not 1800’s! My bucket list thing was to put my 104F feet into the Miroir d eau.

      Considering Europe is known for their lack of ice and tepid beer I’m surviving considerably better than I’d have thought. I just really want an ice cold water though.
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    • Day 48

      Travel day

      May 8, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

      We left Paris today and headed to Bordeaux, France. It’s about 35 miles from the western coast. We took a high speed train for the trip and It definitely felt much faster than any US train I’ve been on. We were greeted at the train station in Bordeaux by a stairway, with of all things, a picture of Multnomah Falls painted on the steps. We couldn’t believe it!! No explanation - just the pic.

      We got to our Airbnb and then headed downtown to explore a bit. I wasn’t sure what we’d find here, but so far, as always I’m amazed at the wonderful sites we stumble upon.

      We just wandered today, but what we found was SO beautiful. The old streets, buildings, alleys are so quiet and peaceful. The vibe of the city is so laid back and enjoyable. Eventually we laid down in a grassy park, in the shade and took a nap with hundreds of others doing the same. We had hand scraped snow cones and we eventually found the “Miroir d’eau”. It’s on the riverside and is the largest mirror in the world - 3450 m sq - made of water. Hundreds of kids and families were playing in it. The mirror area would fill up - maybe 4-6” - and then start draining leaving a thin film of water on the black concrete. And then magically, it would reflect EVERYTHING! It was absolutely gorgeous - and refreshing to walk around in. This was a great start for our short time here.
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    • Day 50

      Last day in Bordeaux

      May 10, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

      Our last day in Bordeaux was unique - we went to La Cite du vin, which is a wine museum!! It was a really modern museum that took you thru everything to do with wine that you could think of, and ended with a tasting on the top of the building overlooking the city. Was a very cool experience.

      Then we headed over to Bassin de Lumieres for a one hour show. This was absolutely incredible! This exhibit is very hard to describe. It was works of art, paintings, graphically set to music and somewhat animated - displayed over the water, and on all the walls and floor in an old MASSIVE submarine bay from WW2. The French have done a remarkable job of repurposing old buildings. This literally brought me to tears at one point, as it was almost overwhelming to all the senses. The videos and pictures won’t do it justice. It was absolutely mesmerizing.

      We also walked by the most amazing wine store I’ve ever seen. Three stories, straight up, all displayed on a spiral staircase. It caught my attention.

      Finished the evening hanging around a Starbucks (to use their wifi to plan our next city), and then had wine, bread, cheese and meats for dinner sitting outside at a cafe. Beautiful night.
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    • Day 2

      Bordeaux. La noche y Hotel 2

      March 29 in France ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Después de toda la tarde callejeando por la ciudad.... Y subiendo por primera vez en tranvia.... Por fin llegamos al hotel
      A descansar, que mañana nos toca el segundo día de paseo por la ciudad.. esperemos que no llueva!Read more

    • Day 12

      Bordeaux 😀 sehr schön

      September 7, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Bordeaux ist mega 😀. Leider konnten wir nicht alles sehen. Nach der Ankunft wurden wir im Rathaus empfangen. Am Abend ging es dann zum Französischen Automobilclub wo wir eingeladen waren. Ja und dann ging es noch ab in die Altstadt…. Es war very Nice👍😀😀🥃🍾🍺🥂Read more

    • Day 12

      Bürgermeister Empfang

      September 7, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Leider war der Bürgermeister nicht vor Ort. Aber eine ganz liebe Vertretung hat uns empfangen zusammen mit der Nachfahrin vom Gustav Eiffel. Danach gab es ein kleines Häppchen mit nem lecker Sektchen dazuRead more

    • Day 2

      Foie de veau avant le grand départ

      April 20, 2023 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      La journée commence bien une nuit de sommeil complète, levée et petit déjeuner, Luc retrouve son sac on est prêt pour le grand départ demain matin 26,5 km.

      Pour dîner: un foie de veau persillé le temps de se provisionner en protéine et caloriesRead more

    • Day 4

      Spanish tapas - Can't help ourselves!

      April 8, 2023 in France ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

      After our exertions trying to get through all the Saint-Emilion samples on offer this afternoon, we decided to venture back into Bordeaux for some food. We came across this Tapas bar (El Pata Negra), which was completely empty at the time. By the end of our meal, as you can see, the place was bouncing.
      I know we are in France, but we just love our Spanish tapas.
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    • Day 27

      Final night in Bordeaux

      October 10, 2022 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Tonight we treated ourselves to a tasting menu at L’Observatoire Du Gabriel, a Michelin star restaurant about 10 minutes from our apartment. There was still a bit of drizzly rain about, so we took umbrellas and walked very carefully on the wet cobblestones.

      The restaurant is situated in Place De La Bourse, a very grand square which faces the Garonne river. From the moment you enter the building the staff are there to greet and assist you as needed. We were escorted to an elevator and taken up to level 2 where we were again greeted by someone who relieved us of our umbrellas and jackets.

      We were seated at our table, which was in the centre of the room. The sommelier then brought over the wine list (as big as large book) and our menu options. We could choose a 5 course or 9 course tasting menu, so elected to go for the 5 course option as we just didn’t think we could manage 9 courses. Just as well as, in addition to the 5 courses, you receive a savoury pastry, 4 appetisers, an amuse-bouche, and petite fours at the conclusion of the meal.

      We started with a glass of Krug champagne to celebrate our last night in France in this wonderful restaurant. I had never had Krug before (it was very good), so another thing ticked off on the bucket list. Poor Ian was trying to navigate his way through the massive wine ‘list’; in the end, we asked the sommelier for some assistance. As the menu was predominantly seafood based we went with a white from Château Olivier in honour of Mimi’s family. It was a Gran Cru Classé from the Pessac-Léognan region we had visited on Saturday, and turned out to be an excellent choice.

      All the decisions had now been made, so we could sit back and enjoy the wonderful ambiance, fabulous wine, delicious food, great service and, of course, the company! We started with a savoury pastry, followed by four fabulous appetisers. Next was an amuse bouche comprising grilled sardine with white beans in a vinaigrette in a crisp tart shell.

      Then began the Saturn Menu in 5 Acts: OYSTER - from Matthieu Dumas slightly vinegar, beef tartar and iodised rice cream; MUSHROOMS FROM HERE - in 3 ways, barnacles and whelks candied in a juice; EEL- lightly smoked with onion in various expressions, the chef’s signature dish; COD - cooked as a croque monsieur in a basquaise way; and, finally for dessert HONEY - from our hives, meringue and citrus emulsion, roasted fig and sangria. We had an espresso to finish the meal and were offered petite fours, but were too full so they boxed them up and we had them for breakfast. We also received a small citrus cake each and a signed copy of the menu.

      I have to applaud Ian for getting through the menu, especially the oyster course as he isn’t particularly fond of oysters or steak tartare, but he did enjoy the dish.

      The experience was wonderful from the moment we arrived until when we rolled out the door about 3+ hours later.
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