Camino de Santiago March-May 2014 travel blog

Emergency parcel from Janet and Stan Franklin

Packaged opened

Gross Cloche

Porte de Bourgogne


Before we left Edmonton, we were given an emergency kit. Inside was a bottle of whisky and a half dozen Eatmore Bars (made in Canada). Thank you Janet & Stan - you saved my life last night at 3:30 a.m. when I felt an infection coming on...I downed an Eatmore bar - and today I'm feeling much better. I can hardly wait to try the liquid medication - that should have me clicking my heals!

Bordeaux is a lovely city located on a large river close to the ocean. The city centre is filled with beautiful historic buildings. The weather is not much warmer than it was in Edmonton and it was raining on and off. Nevertheless, folks are sitting outside drinking and eating and smoking...but not us. We had a lovely lunch indoor at the Cafe Opera. Last night I ordered roast duck and thought I had been given rare roast beef and today I ordered salmon and was given a delicious plate of what appeared to be lox but sliced thickly like roast beef. I'm in food heaven in France! Everything tastes fantastic - the French seem to have a personal relationship with what they eat and drink - nothing haphazard here.

We are in a tiny room at the Ibis Bordeaux Gare Saint-Jean. Modern but with tiny beds (about 2/3th the width of our twin beds) where one must be careful rolling over in the night. The location is great, close to the River, and only a few blocks away from the Gare. There's a wine bar downstairs and we are heading there now.

Tomorrow we leave early in the morning by train for Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

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