ROTWEINFRAKTION in Bordeaux!!! A votre santé! KIPPIS!
Folks, if you love red wine you have to visit Bordeaux. It is the capital of wine. LH flies directly from FRA to BOD, so go ahead. But if you have time, travel by car, preferably by a big car so that you can bring cases of wine back home ...! And you do not have to spend hours at a boring airport because your flight got cancelled... hm.
This view is from our hotel's breakfast room, overlooking the Garonne river with Pont de Pierre. A wonderful location to start your city walks in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Have a break at Maison du Vin, with wine tasting, just in the hearth of the city.
The best view over the city we got from the Tour Pey-Berland, crowned with the golden statue of Notre Dame d'Aquitane. Bordeaux is the administrative capital of the Region of Aquitane, has around 220.000 inhabitants plus some 50.000 students, says my new guide book "blue guide, Southwest France".
The view from 47 meters was perfect, and we still had sun. By the way, the blue worm is the new tram, those trams are really cool.
Tartaruga on tartaruga* ... where do people get those funny nick names from?
*Finnisch for beginners: KILPIKONNA = Schildkröte/Turtle
Aprilwetter! ...sagt der Deutsche. 30 minutes sun, 30 minutes rain, 30 sun, 30 rain.
Bordeaux blossoming ... without the wind and rain it had been absolutely great!
Papaver bordelais in April. Do I also have to love this flower because it is called "Türkenmohn" in German ...? And UNIKKO in finnish (uni = sleep).
RWF girlies, we missed this: in the Maison du Vin in St-Emilion we could have sticked our noses to many fragrancies.
If you stick wrong things into your nose, like papaver ... you might get artistic ambitions ... but this is simply a decoration of a dessert, sweet sauce, powder sugar on a black plate, which most probably was a piece of "Schiefer", you know those black tile kind of stony plates to cover roofs.
Our rental car took us to the next destination, about an hour's drive to the west: Arcachon, a cute town at the Bassin d'Arcachon, and that is an inland sea of 155 sq km. Due time lack we did not make it up to Cap Ferrat, so we must come again.
Arcachon is the oyster paradise, not to forget all the other stuff that you get from the waters. And from humid places ... snails are a speciality as well... bon appetit!
How can you eat those pretty fellows with those pretty eyes??? I tell you, salads were pretty good, too. More about french food at the end of this section ....
RWF girls returned back home and my hubby joined me for the rest of the holiday. We hit the road towards east, past Bergerac ...
The view from our bedroom in the morning, can it get more idyllic???
And this is the view to the opposite direction. Finns, you'll love this, NO neighbours in sight! Other nationalities: you'll love it too!
This Périgord area is really full of French history, especially medieval history. Along the valleys you'll find old castles, like this Chateau de Castelnaud, where there is also a museum introducing all kinds of brutal weapons with which the mediaval guys tried to cut off the heads of their enemies. Like the english, who already in those days wanted to conquer those pretty landscapes. Nowadays tourism from UK is extremly expanding and the brits also buy property in southern France, Périgord is actually getting very international.
Place du Capitole, that is where the action is, day and night.
Yes, we did eat it. Fois gras. We eat it every now and then, it tastes nice. Accompanied with sweet white wine ... delicious. We did hear several stories about the methods how the birds are fed. Dear friends, if you oppose to fois gras, do not visit the little medieval town Sarlat either, all they sell there is fois gras. It is almost hysterical!
We bought some fois gras to take home from a recommended local farmer.
Of course I ate also other things, like cheese. A lot of french cheese. My main course one night was this warm Camembert, with nut topping and some goose meet and ham and potatoes on the side. A bit salty, but luckyly I do like cheese.
PS. I'll add bits and pieces later on to this report, time is running our of my hands ... should go back to Cantegrive to get enough sleep ...