Travel

Bordeaux

Just arrived in Bordeaux, having driven up from Carcassonne via Agen (no relation, I’m afraid). Enjoying my glass of Margaux while G’s Graves is a little tannic to her tastes. Pretty two-story merry-go-round in the square.

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Le Pic-Nic

By lunch today, we had left Auberge Veyret in Bardenat, seen the Saturday market in Sarlat-Le-Caneda (huge) to pick up some bread, cheese, sanglier (wild boar) sausage, some plastic cups and a cheap knife. We were lucky enough (great!) to be allowed to check in at the Hotel Pontet (just OK) in Beynac just off…

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Old France

We started the day in Chinon, having spent two nights there in the charming and creaky Hostellerie Gargantua, which I would highly recommend. Chinon is small at 8,700 inhabitants, doing laps of its medieval quarter our preferred pre-coffee ritual. If you’re really into visiting caves for wine tasting, I doubt you’d find a better base.…

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L’etape Gourmande

Drive just outside the town of Villandry, famous for its fantastic chateau & even more spectacular ornamental gardens and jardin potager is a farm and restaurant called L’Etape Gourmet. After reading a little, we opted toward here when we were staying in Chinon. However, many people lunch here when traveling from Amboise to Chinon or…

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Lunch at Chambord

Sometimes one can be pleasantly surprised, even amazed, at home delicious a sandwich on the grass can be. Just outside the entrance to the chateau at Chambord is a little shack with a dozen tables. Sandwiches made to order on a delightful ciabatta-like roll. A little country ham, “salad”(lettuce), marinated tomatoes and gruyere. Dejeuner sur…

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Chenonceaux

we visited Chenenceau today. 14km bike ride (20 minutes if it in the rain) just to get there. Fantastique riding back to our current home base if Amboise.

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Burgundy Day 9 – not even France

So, onward and eastward. Spend a night in Geneva to catch an early flight to Zurich to connect with our flight home. If you caught my post on the road, I didn’t love Geneva. In retrospect, I still don’t. Although i can imagine it’s reasonably charming and picturesque. But it is smoky. I’ve never been…

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Burgundy Day 7 – goodbye Burgundy

…hello, Lyon Thursday already. Time to head off from Beaune for Lyon. We drove off, taking a scenic route southwest from Beaune through the wine villages we had biked previously. Then further on the road along the old canals, we stopped at a little bakery where we picked up two tasty little pastries which we…

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Burgundy Day 6 – south of Beaune

Our last day of sightseeing in the Beaune area. Initially we had thought to go biking a second day, but G had picked up a pretty nasty scrape to her ankle from the pedal on our previous jaunt. So, we walked around town and saw the cathedral. Headed back to Hotel La Villa Fleurie, got…

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