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  • Day96

    Ruhetag 1 in Bordeaux

    October 6 in France

    Da muss ich erst nach Frankreich runter düsen, damit Franzi sich mal ein bissl Ruhe gönnt 😉
    Die Wiedersehensfreude ist natürlich sehr sehr groß!
    Nach einem leckeren Abendbrot gestern hieß es heut erst einmal ausschlafen und entspannt frühstücken. Trotz Ruhetag wird trotzdem nicht gefaulenzt 💪🏼
    Nach dem petit dejeuner machten wir uns auf zum Stadtrundgang durch Bordeaux. Viele schöne Ecken gibt es hier zu sehen. Und auch die Einflüsse von St. Jacques begleiten uns auf unserem Rundgang
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  • Day102

    Ach, was für ein netter Abend gestern! Mit Hilfe von Händen & Füßen, etwas Französisch & Englisch und ab und zu des ein oder anderen Übersetzungsprogramms, konnte ich mich mit meinen Hospitalieros Dominique und Pasqual beim Abendessen gut verständigen.
    Nach einem ausgiebigen Frühstück mit Dominique startete ich entspannt bei Sonnenschein und 18 Grad. Ja! Ich bin wirklich im Süden Frankreichs angekommen. Die ein oder andere Palme sehe ich nun öfter am Straßenrand, die Vegetation hat sich merklich verändert. Es geht wieder durch jede Menge Weinberge - dieses Mal ausschließlich rote Trauben, die zurzeit gelesen werden. Es ist auch deutlich feuchter und wärmer, ich sehe viele Vogelschwärme und so manch grelles Gefieder (da fehlt mir wieder die Kenntnis, aber sie sind leider zu schnell zum Foto-Rätsel-Spaß 😂).
    Nach gut 27 km beziehe ich heute meine Herberge in einer alten, liebevoll restaurierten Mühle. Als ich ankomme springt ein Reh durchs Maisfeld hinter der Mühle und ein Fasan sucht schnell das Weite, als er mich entdeckt. Die nächsten Häuser sind bestimmt 500 m weg. Das ist wohl die bisher einsamste Herberge. Die Wände sind einen Meter dick und der Empfang entsprechend dürftig (bin mal gespannt, ob der Footprint durchgeht 😅).
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  • Day103

    95. Etappe: Bazas

    October 13 in France

    ... oder: Pilgern in der Jagdsaison

    Ein bissl gespenstisch war es schon so ganz alleine in der alten Mühle. Habe dennoch gut geschlafen und so ging es heute entspannt los bei viel Sonnenschein. Ich folgte brav der Beschilderung. Das System hat sich seit ein paar Tagen verändert, aber so langsam hab ich den Dreh raus, wann ich wo abbiegen muss oder einfach gerade aus gehen kann, auch wenn das nicht unbedingt mein GPS will. Nur habe ich heute die Rechnung ohne die Jäger gemacht!
    Schon zum Start fielen mir die vielen Schüsse auf und es war mir ein wenig mulmig zu Mute, als ich den ein oder anderen Pfad durch den Wald nahm. Zu Recht! Denn nach meiner Mittagspause, brav der Beschilderung folgend, stand ich auf einmal vor einer Absperrung, die mir erklärte, dass es für Wanderer keine gute Idee ist, dort zwischen dem 1.10.-20.11. langzulaufen. Es sei denn, man möchte gern Bekanntschaft mit den Jägern oder den Gejagten schließen oder sogar zu Letzterem werden 🙈
    Also bin ich wieder umgekehrt und doch meinem GPS für die letzten 12 km über Landstraße gefolgt. Nicht besonders schön, aber sicher!
    In der Touristeninformation meines heutigen Ziels Bazas erklärte mir die sehr nette Frau, dass ich auch für morgen besser nicht der Jakobswegmarkierung folgen solle und gab mir 3 DIN-A4-Blätter mit der Alternativroute. Im Anschluss buchte sie mir noch mein Refuge für morgen - was für ein toller Service!
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  • Day101

    93. Etappe: Saint-Ferme

    October 11 in France

    Ich glaube, mein GPS zählt falsch, denn irgendwie waren es dann heute wieder 30 km!
    Mein gestriger Hospitaliero hatte gut für mich zum Frühstück gesorgt, so dass ich noch ordentlich was fürs Picknick mitnehmen konnte 🎉
    Den Weg verlor ich heut ab und zu mal, denn die Beschilderung stimmte nicht mit meinen GPS überein. 5 km vorm Ziel wurde ich dann so richtig nass, ein toller warmer Sommerregen. Und der Empfang in meiner Herberge war herzlich. Die Hospitalieros wohnen 300 km entfernt und sind nur für 2 Wochen hier, um Pilger willkommen zu heißen. Sie haben mir auch gleich mein Zimmer für morgen reserviert! Ich übermachte in einer alten Mühle und bin schon sehr gespannt!Read more

  • Day104

    96. Etappe: Captieux

    October 14 in France

    Votbildlich hielt ich mich heute an die empfohlene Route. Dadurch konnte ich leider nicht so viel Natur genießen, denn sie führte mich ausschließlich über feste, teils viel befahrene Straßen - aber somit sicher vor Jäger und Wild. Morgen kann ich wieder dem eigentlichen Camino folgen.
    Da die Etappe nur 21 km lang war und es nicht so viel zu gucken gab, war ich schnell am Ziel. Gerade noch rechtzeitig um trockenen Fußes in mein Refuge einzukehren. Heute habe ich ein großes Bett mit Bettwäsche und sogar Handtücher 🎉
    Werde jetzt noch ein wenig entspannen, denn morgen werden es über 30 km. Es geht nach Roquefort! Aber der berühmte Käse kommt wohl aus nem anderen Roquefort 😅.
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  • Day97

    Ruhetag 2 in Bordeaux

    October 7 in France

    Heute zeigte sich Bordeaux von seiner regnerischen Seite. Also wurde das museé d‘aquitaine besichtigt. Frère St. Jaques war natürlich auch vertreten.
    Anschließend noch einen Regenspaziergang zum Hauptbahnhof um unsere morgigen Abfahrten zu erkunden und anschließend macarons 😋
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  • Day1

    Bordeaux

    May 4 in France

    Wake up late -> take a nap -> go out for a beer and walk around

    Trying to get in the new mindset of having no schedule and no obligations, but it’s not that easy! We are formatted to be busy and productive. We’ll need a few more beers to get there :)

  • Day668

    Joué, France

    April 25 in France

    Many of the posts over the coming week will be brief as we'll be focussed on getting to Calais as opposed to exploring France; that'll have to wait until June 2019!

    We spent a long time driving today, despite the distance being under 200km. We topped up the tank with diesel (its a lot cheaper in Spain than in France) and soon crossed the border. When we entered France the roads suddenly became a lot busier and there was roundabout, after roundabout, after roundabout. We passed our new friends Sandie and Rosie parked in a layby, beeping our horn enthusiastically, then passed them once again in the opposite direction when we were forced to turn around, after the traffic had come to a standstill. We never did find out why. We are being cheap and avoiding the tolls, so a steep and narrow winding road was our alternative route. It was stressfull trying to squeeze past other cars when the tarmac wasn't wide enough for both of us.

    Driving through the Villes and Villages Fleuris, we began the roundabout obstacle course once again, working out that we'd covered a measly 20miles over the course of an hour. We were both glad we could share the driving, but after a quick shop in Lidl and lunch in their car park, things got a bit easier, with wider, faster roads and fewer roundabouts.

    Our stop for the night was in Joué, a rural village in the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne, just south of Bordeaux. It was a little way off our route, but a grassy patch beside a quiet road, with trees and meadow grasses around us was a good remedy for the day's driving.
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  • Day9

    La Rochelle to Bordeaux

    September 18 in France

    We really couldn’t wait to get out of the ‘Aire de Camping’ in La Rochelle, but we stopped to top up the water and dump the grey water tank before we left. The highway to Bordeaux was excellent and we found our way there no problem, but we had to investigate parking options for leaving Albi so spent a lot of time poking around the industrial areas around the Merignac airport before making our way ‘downtown’.

    Unfortunately, it was rush hour and our GPS took us straight through the town, so we ended up in endless lineups and lights, and our 430PM arrival time ended up being more like 7 PM. Luckily for us, the place we found on ‘Park4nite’ turned out to be really good - right next to a marina and a McDonald’s so we got WiFi, a view and a ready toilet open most hours of the day.

    We got ourselves set up and Gin cooked us a great meal that we enjoyed overlooking the marina. There were they very big fish, that looked like maybe catfish, swimming around below us and grabbing the bits of food we tossed in to them. The weather was again perfect and although our plans to get to the tourist information Centre to plan our stay fell through, we spent the evening plotting out the plan for the next day. The place was quite industrial but there were several other RV’s about - some looking like they’d been there for a very long time. One even had several ‘outbuildings’ set up where I think his pets slept at night. We crossed path with some of these people in the McDonald’s in the morning getting coffee and using the toilets.

    The next morning we were searching for a few bits and pieces for the RV so we popped into the local boat chandler. It looked like a good place to possible park long-term so we talked the them about paying something to leave the RV. After exploring several options nothing panned out unfortunately but we did find some of the electrical bits we needed and got some ideas for other things. Albi has been a bit neglected with preventative maintenance so there are a few electrical connections and metal brackets that have rusted out so I wanted to replace those and get the connections redone before anything failed. We also bought some covering for the salon seats because they are cream colored and are very quickly going to get dirty and worn badly.

    Having that sorted we jumped on our bikes and headed into town, which was about a 5KM ride. At the tourist information we picked up a walking tour/map and a bunch of information on the wine regions and the coastal area and the national park nearby. The whole Bordeaux wine area is set up for biking and there are many maps. There are also at least 100 different Terroir/Chateaux that permit RV’s to stay out the property - many for free, so we got the contact information for those in order to plan out our stay in the area.

    We locked up the bikes and began the longer version of the walking tour of the city. It proved to be a good tour of the main sites and gave us a good orientation of the city with some background history and architecture. Bordeaux is nicknamed the ‘Moon Port’ because of the curve in the Gordonne river that looks like a sliver of a moon. We walked through the crowded cobblestone pedestrian shopping areas, along the river and in and out of the many town gates that formerly protected the city’s center. Bordeaux has been described as one of France’s most beautiful cities and we certainly enjoyed the architecture and shopping along the way.

    With the walking tour complete we made our way back to our marina front camping spot for dinner and a nice glass of wine. We found Albi safe and sound but with two new ‘neighbours’ on each side of us. A very large bus RV with a family inside and a smaller one behind us with a couple from France and their scooter. The French couple was parked just a foot or two off our rear bumper which we were none too pleased about, but since we were leaving the following day we let it stand without a fuss. We did wonder with all the space available why they had to be so close - perhaps they felt it was more secure to be close to the other campers.

    The following day we decided to try and find some parking for the week of our absence and spent some time on our bikes around the area. Just over a small bridge I found another RV parked behind a locked gate and after driving around a bit I found the access point. Although it is posted as ‘Keep Out’ and ‘Defense d’entrer’ when we went in we discovered that is essentially an area of house boats built from barges and the RV parked there belonged to one of the owners of the barges (from a sign in the window). This gave us an idea. We decided to move Albi in there and make a sign of our own. We had overheard a couple talking about being in an Air BnB on the barges, so we made a sign for Albi that said (in French) ‘we are staying on the adjacent boats for a few days, if there are any problems please calll...’ and our number. The area is fenced in and secure, and we figured that the sign would at least defer any issues until our return. With the van secured we jumped on our bikes for ‘day 2’ in Bordeaux.

    The second day we returned to town and completed the ‘hidden sights’ walking tour, which somewhat overlapped our first day but took us slightly further afield. We found some hidden and quiet squares, cathedrals and markets and of course stopped for our daily gelato. ;) The tour told the story of a successful trading town that thrives today as the center of the wine industry and a bustling tourist hub. Back on our bikes and back to the RV so that Ginette could get the tram out to the airport for her flight to Canada in the afternoon.

    After sorting the bikes I walked back to the Bacalan district ‘Eataly’ area - a market area and restaurant warehouse at the termination of the tram where the locals and tourists congregated for drinks and dinner in the evening. On Wed and Thurs night they offer $1 oysters on the half shell so I had a great oyster meal and a couple ‘blanche’ beers. I met up with a US couple and their new baby having some problems finding accommodation so I helped them out with French booking into a BnB and we chatted about the town, the state of Canada/US affairs and each other’s lives. Soon enough they were off and I was back at the RV making sure all was ready for my own departure to Amsterdam the following day to visit some old cruising friends from our sailing days.

    The following day it was cold and raining and my plans to bike to town fell apart pretty quickly. Instead I walked the 15 minutes to the recently opened wine region museum and spent the day there. This was a really cool experience that explores the worldwide wine industry and gives some insight into the Bordeaux region’s suitability as a successful participant for so many years. There are many interactive displays including one dedicated to wine tasting which allows you to experience the many fragrances and tastes of wines. There are many historical dioramas and displays that discuss how wine evolved over the years, its history and place in human culture and the state of the industry today. I discovered that France is the largest producer of wine followed closely by Italy and Spain. The New Zealand wine industry has nearly quadrupled it’s output in the last 10 years! I also paid the extra to have a tour of the spectacular building which was completed in 2016 and cost nearly 300 million euros. It is designed to look like wine swirling in the glass and is very unique both inside and out. Too quickly it was time to go and after securing Albi and the bikes in the rain I boarded the tram. For 1.70 I was at the airport in 45 minutes as opposed to a 45 Euro quote from a taxi or 35 Euro Uber!

    I finally arrived in Amsterdam many hours later after flight delays and an overcrowded Schipol airport. It was strange to be in Schipol again as we had used it many times when we were in Germany for our travels. I even remembered where the Starbucks was! I am now hanging out in a small town north of Amsterdam on our friend Monique and Janbart’s boat ‘Cocoon’. Unfortunately we cannot sail because the boat is in maintenance but we are having a nice relaxing time exploring and catching up. I am hoping that Albi is OK back in Bordeaux, and am assuming since nobody has called me all is well. When I return we will leave the city and head for the wine regions and the coast around Bordeaux. We will have about 10 days after Ginette gets back to explore this before I leave for work again. Ginette will head west into Spain and take on a few legs of the Camino de Santiago, and we will meet up again in early November to work our way south for warmer weather. It is chilly in Holland, and the 30’s we’ve had in the last few weeks I’m afraid are gone until next summer. I’ve bought some warmer clothes here to prepare, and hopefully we can eke out a few more weeks of warmth before I need to pull them out.

    Until next time.

    Derek and Ginette
    Fast Albert
    Bordeaux, France
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  • Day3

    Tour of Bordeaux

    September 24 in France

    This morning we visited Bordeaux by motor coach and on foot. The city is located on the left bank on a bend of the Garonne River and was known as the Port of the Moon. It is also called the Sleeping Beauty. According to our local guides the Beauty has awakened due to a massive revitalization of the waterfront during the last 20 years. The warehouses that lined the docks have been torn down revealing the lovely 18th century buildings of the city center. It was named a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. We saw the Grand Theater, the stone bridge commissioned by Napoleon, Notre Dame church and the memorial monument to the Girondins, who supported a constitutional monarchy during the French Revolution but lost their heads during the Reign of Terror. We also strolled down the Rue St.Catherine, said to be the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe. It follows the path of an old Roman road.

    The ship cast off for Libourne after lunch so we spent the afternoon on board enjoying the sunshine. The chef also demonstrated how to make macarons. Delicieux!. Speaking of delicious we had one of our best meals that evening: escargots, Chateaubriand and crepes suzettes! With Bordeaux wines of course. Our dinner companions were a lovely couple from England, Bob and Martine (who is French). A pianist and vocalist have been our entertainment each evening. Tonight she sang music from operas. Her voice was amazing. A nice way to end the day.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Gironde, Departement de la Gironde, Gironde, Gironda

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