Robyn's 2010 European Adventure travel blog

Mairie at Libourne


Cistern in Centre of Square

So Many Strawberries!

Melons and Radishes Also in Season

St. Emilion

Shop Selling Grapevines

Or Ready-Made Wine

The Church at St. Emilion

Just a Nice Courtyard

A Very Small Cheese Shop

Looking Down a Steep Street in St. Emilion

Overlook at the Church

Getting Ready for the Heat of the Afternoon

Old Map of St. Emilion Area

Patricia's Place is Top Right

Art Museum

Old Wall

Catching up on my writing!

One thing I love about France is the fact that most villages of any size have a weekly market selling local produce, fish, meat, crafts and sometimes have a brocante as well. A brocante is literally a "secondhand trade" -- a flea market in other words.

Patricia and I first went to 1 of the smaller villages, and then to Liborne, which had a large market in the town square and spilled into the streets leading up to it. Wonderful selection of fresh fruit -- 4 or 5 varieties of strawberries! -- radishes, spices. It wasn’t long before we starting thinking about lunch. :)

Of to the town of St. Emilion, which is a World Heritage site, with Romanesque churches and ruins along steep, narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in the area as early as the 2nd Century. The town was named after the monk Emilion, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th Century. Monks who followed him started up the area’s commercial wine production. St. Emilion is a principal red wine area of Bordeaux (along with the Medoc, Graves and Pomerol). As in other areas on the right bank of the Gironde (versus the left bank which is the Medoc area), the primary grape varieties used are the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lunch was at Les Giron Dines, on the patio overlooking the town. Just beautiful, as was my lunch of croustillant chevre and salad, some Haut Garriga rose, and an espresso. On the drive back to Patricia’s (which is just on the northeastern border of the St. Emilion area), we saw a number of classic sports cars (1920s and 30s?), all out for their Sunday drive. Not sure what kind they were, but they were spectacular!

The afternoon was warm (close to 30 degrees C) so, after tea by the pond, I spent the rest of the afternoon writing and relaxing, until we had dinner back down by the pond later in the evening. One nice thing about this part of France (that I didn’t notice in the Medoc) is that most often there is a wonderful, cool breeze in the evening. Perfect for sleeping!

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