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Wine Tasting & City Tours

Another blog so soon – I hear you say… Well its cause we got a bit behind, enjoying ourselves too much and not having time to tell you all about it.

After a short drive leaving Spain behind us we arrived in Bordeaux staying in another Bed and Breakfast, where with our hosts limited English and our limited French as well as our superb sign language skills we managed to get by for the following 2 nights. Our first afternoon was spent navigating the city to find parking, only once thinking we were a bus when clearly we are not and only once visiting a street the wrong way with not too much tooting from those coming towards us…. Argh! We then visited the world’s longest pedestrian only shopping strip (1.2kms) slowly checking out all the shops etc… As you can imagine this took us a while, so we left exploring the rest of the city for the following morning, where we took another touristic train (yes, we do like these) to see the main city sites. This was a train with a twist though as it was pouring with rain and it had a roof but not the top half of the sides… so we got a little wet! Our afternoon was spent visiting Chateau Troplong Mondot and Chateau de Le Riviere for tours of their vineyards, a cooking class – learning to make Canele (a local cake) and of course wine tasting. Finally on our way back to Bordeaux we visited the village of St Emilin for a brief look around. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour, even picking up a set of Canele tins so we can make upon our return. No bottles of wine bought though as we don’t have space – whoops!

Heading across France to the town of Lyon was not much fun as it poured with rain the whole time and made navigating even more fun. Steve did a FANTASTIC job, I’m sure I helped a little bit, maybe. Due to the weather and having completed a full days driving we decided not to venture into Lyon to wrestle with parking and find dinner. We thought the easiest solution was to go somewhere local for a meal, easier said than done, no where French in sight we ended up with French Thai food with a waiter who had little English. With the rain clearing the following morning we braved the parking in town and spent a little over an hour finding the tourist centre as we walked around and around and around in circles following the signs but not finding the building. Due to limited time, another Hop-on- hop-off bus with the thing to do, taking it first the whole way round without stopping to get a view of the city then a second time to get off and look at a few sights. When we wanted to get off however, it rained so we made another circuit to get our jackets then continued again for round three. This time making it off at the stop we wanted for fabulous panoramic city views and a visit to the graveyard.

Spent last night trying to wrangle everything into our bags (previously it was spread through the car) as today we are driving to Paris and droppin off, Au Revoir Car.

Posted by SteveandLydia 01:46

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Oh the places you have been, and the things you have seen! Just as well there's been a little rain thrown in to keep it real!!!!! Bordeaux sounds a bit hair-raising with it's one way streets, Yikes!

by Lesley Keiron

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