Under the LA sun….such a great lifestyle …

We have had a two lovely days in the sun in Los Angeles. We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to stay with our dear friends Roger and Frances.  Our days usually begin with a walk on the strand along Manhattan Beach and we really look forward to that. It must be brilliant to walk day after day without getting wet and cold! The … Continue reading Under the LA sun….such a great lifestyle …

Idyllic Issigeac …

Issigeac is an idyllic medieval town, notable for its unusual circular layout.  It is brimming with architectural delights mainly dating from between the C13th-C16th, quaint streets, and has the most wonderful Sunday Market. Entering the market in the early morning light It is one of most colourful and vibrant French markets I have seen – similar to the one in Sarlat, but on a smaller … Continue reading Idyllic Issigeac …

Return to Paris …

It was with some sadness that we left Bordeaux- we had a wonderful time both in the city and in the Castillon district, seeing some striking villages, drinking good wine, enjoying historic sights, and generally enjoying that ‘je ne saie quoi’ that we feel when in France. On arrival in Paris the transfer from the Gare Montparnasse by taxi to our hotel went smoothly, and … Continue reading Return to Paris …

Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne – a very long tour …

Friday was the day we planned to go back into Bordeaux but as the weather wasn’t too bright we modified the plan and headed off to Chateau Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne, which offers guided tours and tastings. As we drove towards the town, we passed the inevitable fields of dried sunflowers which will provide seeds, oil and even animal feed when harvested. The village of Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne is tiny … Continue reading Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne – a very long tour …

Saint-Emilion time…

Yesterday the sun showed itself just in time for our return to Saint-Emilion and made for a perfect few hours in a beautiful town. Saint-Emilion has been a World Heritage site since 1999, by virtue of its cultural landscapes and the link between past and present is obvious. While stuffed full of historic monuments like churches and monasteries, extensive vineyards and their modern day endeavours … Continue reading Saint-Emilion time…

A wild goose chase, Pomerol and Le Comptoire

After having such a great time in Saint Emilion, the following hour was somewhat of a shambles. Whilst in the Italian restaurant where we had lunch, I managed to place a call to one of the Chateau du Jour, namely Chateau Grangey and booked an English-speaking tour for 2pm. Every day, the Saint-Emilion Office de Tourism posts the names of four Chateaux at which you … Continue reading A wild goose chase, Pomerol and Le Comptoire