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 sais 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 …

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 …

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 …

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

Saint-Emilion time…

The sun obligingly 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…

Saint-Méard-de-Gurçon, Eymet and beyond …

As we sat waiting for the rain to abate before taking off on today’s little adventure, I realised I have not said much about the local village, Castillon-la-Bataille. The village is named after the battle fought in 1453 between the French and English, in which the English suffered a massive defeat. The defeat marked the end of the Hundred Years’ War and Aquitaine, having become an … Continue reading Saint-Méard-de-Gurçon, Eymet and beyond …

Out and about in Libourne …. and a little bit of food and wine

The weather is not really playing the game currently, so we had to brave the rain and make our way to the port bastide town of Libourne, located on the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers.  Libourne prospered due to its trade in wine, wood and salt. The life of the town revolves around the historic central square, bounded by arched arcades, with wonderful … Continue reading Out and about in Libourne …. and a little bit of food and wine