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    • Day49

      Bordeaux!

      May 9 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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      Traveler

      just stunning!! Love the pic of Jordan on the mirror. what? Love the architecture. I think US needs to take note, that they should renovate rather than tear down,....Keep the beautiful old churches and bldgs. no bueno for the food? Oh well, I know I could live on desserts, breads and pastries!!

      5/10/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      So the mirror was definitely better during the day with the cloudy sky than the evening. But nice both times

      5/10/22Reply
      Traveler

      I just love all the buildings.

      5/10/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      We think of you every time we see “the spires”. 😃

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    • Day4

      South toward the trail

      June 17 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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      Traveler

      You are all very brave!

      6/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      Us?! No way! You are much tougher and braver! Technically our Camino hasn’t started yet. We are still just tourists.

      6/18/22Reply
      Traveler

      That is a lot to navigate in a foreign country. I am anxious to follow your path.

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    • Day48

      Travel day

      May 8 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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      Traveler

      Multnomah Falls!! That's crazy!

      5/8/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      We debated it for a sec, but it’s pretty clearly the falls, I think

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      Traveler

      that bridge clinches it for me

      5/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Sure looks like it! It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls. I think we just take it for granted.

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    • Day4

      Bordeaux

      July 13, 2021 in France ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Bordeaux

      Grüße aus Bordeaux
      Unsere zweite Reiseetappe erreichten wir stilvoll, wie wir halt sind, mit dem Schnellzug von Paris, wohl bemerkt als Fahrer der ersten Klasse. Dazu passend verbrachten wir in Bordeaux zwei Nächte in einem exklusiven Privatzimmer und genossen ein hervorragendes Frühstücksbuffet. Tatsächlich war das die günstigste Unterkunft die wir auffinden konnten, aber Bordeaux gefiel uns von Beginn an. Wir genossen die ruhigere Atmosphäre der Stadt nach dem Pariser Trubel. Die Altstadt von Bordeaux, welche im Grunde die ganze Stadt umfasst, zählt überigens zum Weltkulturerbe, wenn uns nicht alles täuscht.
      Nicht verwunderlich also, dass wir diese von vorne bis hinten zu Fuß besichtigten. Das Öpnv ist allerdings auch sehr gut ausgebaut und umfasst sogar eine Fähre, welche wir wie richtige Touris als Stadtrundfahrt nutzten.
      Leider mussten wir aufgrund des Wetters des öfteren Regenpausen einlegen, zu unserer großen Trauer auch in einem Cafe, in dem wir uns einen Kaffee leisteten und verbrachten einen Abend entspannt in unserem tollen Zimmer, welches einen Fernseher hatte den man mit seinem Ipad verbinden konnte und somit Netflix schauen konnte. Abgerundet wurde unser Abend durch den durchaus komischen Musikgeschmack des französischen Volkes, welches wir in einem Club in der Nachbarschaft vernehmen konnten. Alles in allem waren wir auch in Bordeaux weiterhin verwirrt durch die französische Sprache und freuten uns bereits auf die Einreise nach Spanien, wo Klara als Dolmetscher hinhalten soll.
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      Traveler

      Schön auch euch mal auf Bildern zu sehen

      7/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      wir haben doch nur versucht dich nachzustellen 🤨

      7/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      Ich finde die ersten beiden super

      7/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      Einfach die ausm Tanzinternat

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    • Day50

      Last day in Bordeaux

      May 10 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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      Traveler

      Those are bizarre and cool.

      5/10/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      They had exhibits all over them and we had smart phone like things with us that would activate when close.

      5/11/22Reply
      Traveler

      I bet this was amazing to see in person.

      5/10/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      So amazing!!

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    • Day11

      Bordeaux und die Île d'Oléron

      September 13, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Nach dem kurzen Abstecher auf die Düne, fahre ich nach Bordeaux. Leider habe ich nur 1.5 Tage Zeit; mache aber das Beste daraus und beschliesse schnell, dass das nicht das letzte Mal in dieser Stadt war.
      Am 1. Nachmittag besuche ich die Cité du Vin und bin ziemlich begeistert. Eigentlich gehe ich so gut wie nie in ein Museum, aber vom Weinmuseum wurde mir bereits so viel vorgeschwärmt ("das beste Museum, in dem ich je war!"), dass ich da hin musste. Und ich fand's tatsächlich auch sehr cool und hätte noch einige Stunden mehr da verbringen können.. Und das Allerbeste daran: im Eintrittspreis ist ein Glas Wein mit Blick über die Stadt inklusive 🍷 das lasse ich mir natürlich nicht entgehen 😉
      Am 2. Tag mache ich typisches Touriprogramm und erkunde die Must-Sees der Stadt. Ausserdem finde ich Mini-Boule-Kugeln (...when in France...) , die noch perfekt in Kari's Garage passen - Manu wird sich freuen 😊 (im Nachhinein befürchte ich, dass ich mir hier gerade selber ein Ei gelegt habe 🤔) .
      Der Regen (und mein fehlender Regenschirm) verscheuchen mich dann irgendwann zurück auf den Campingplatz.

      Am nächsten Tag fahre ich weiter auf die Île d'Oléron. Eigentlich war der Plan, einen vollen Tag (plus jeweils ein paar Stunden am Tag vor- und nachher) da zu verbringen - etwas Strandzeit , etwas packen für die nächsten Tage (denn ich bekomme Besuch 😍), etwas Natur zwischen 2 Grosstädten. Leider spielt Kari nicht so ganz mit. Nach einem gemütlichen Nachmittag im Süden der Insel ist am Abend plötzlich das Abwaschbecken verstopft und der Wasserfilter tropft. D.h. Ich verbringe meinen letzten vollen Tag damit, das Wassersystem zu flicken ⚒️
      (Spoiler: es war nicht geflickt.. 💧 Das musste dann aber ein paar Tage warten, denn die richtigen Ersatzteile habe ich dort nicht erhalten...)
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    • Day12

      Bordeaux 😀 sehr schön

      September 7 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

      Traveler

      Hat da Juliette Binoche gesprochen?

      9/9/22Reply
       
    • Day12

      Bürgermeister Empfang

      September 7 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

    • Day27

      Final night in Bordeaux

      October 10 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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      Traveler

      Wa wa wow!

      10/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      It was pretty special - a night that will be remembered for a while to come!

      10/15/22Reply
      Traveler

      I love it! 🥂😀

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    • Day12

      Abendessen im Automobilclub

      September 7 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Ab geht es zum Abendessen.

      Doch bevor das Essen kam hat Madame Eiffel uns ein wenig Geschichte von Gustav Eiffel präsentiert, und es war wirklich super interessant!!!

      Für mich gab es als Vorspeise einen Melonenbällchen salat, der hervorragend war❤️

      Danach lecker zucchini röllchen gefüllt mit angebratenem Gemüse.

      Die Nachspeise habe ich leider nicht ganz geschafft. Ein lecker Vanilleis in einem Sangria Spiegel und Feigen.

      Merke Feigen sind echt super lecker
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