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Jun 29, 2017 - Bordeaux, France

My train from Nimes to Montpelier was uneventful but when I arrived in Montpelier my train to Bordeaux was delayed over an hour because someone died on the train. So we all clambered on the next train to Bordeaux and it was crowded and miserably hot for about two stops. I shared a little room with three seats with a woman and her daughter and we all sweltered together. It finally began to cool off as we travelled west and the breeze coming through the window felt good. The woman and her child got off in Toulouse and another woman got on. We...

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Jun 23, 2017 - Transfers

I'm fairly sure I almost got a full night's sleep thanks to black out curtains and forcing myself not to nap. We left our airport hotel for terminal 5 at Stockholm Arlanda. If one arrives Arlanda at terminal 1 or 2 one gets the impression the airport is tiny. Add in 3,4,and 5, and the magnitude of the place is evident. Our flight was slightly delayed, but loading was fast thanks to the unusual procedure of using both the front and rear hatches at the same time. Norwegian Air is all efficiency. Nothing is included in your ticket except the...

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Back to Europe

Jul 18, 2016 - Carcassonne to Bordeaux

We our medieval town at 9am with a couple of hickups. Our bus could only go so far to the walled town, and we had to walk the distance which really wasn't too far. The bags thank goodness were taken by a small van. Well this van taking the bags to the bus had an accident - the door at the back came open and two large bags fell out and tumbled onto the ground. Fortunately for us they were not our bags but if there was anything in the bags that were fragile I would say they would be broken. Our bus drive was quite long but we went via the...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Bordeaux

Bordeaux’s geographic position near the Atlantic coast in southwestern France and built on the banks of the river Garonne, made it a major port since pre-Roman times and even until today. The appeal of visiting Bordeaux is to see its noble 18th century center where wealthy merchants built their mansions, grand buildings, churches and monuments, and tour the surrounding vineyards. Harman has fond memories of visiting Bordeaux many times in the past where his English family had a business that provided fertilizer for the vineyards. LE GRAND...

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France 2016

May 2, 2016 - Bordeaux wander

We didn't get lost today! I must been northern hemisphere oriented, or maybe I listen to Chris. Off on the tram to town and an old city walk. 12 km later back home and weary. Interesting place, a mix of cultures and such history. We had arvo tea opposite a church celebrating 920 years in the business. We had a gallery visit too. Off to Spain tomorrow after picking up the car. No where near the fear and trepidation associated with driving that we had last year (Or am I deluded?). Nearly worked out which side of the road to look on when...

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May 1, 2016 - Paris to Bordeaux

No boulongarie visit this morning as it was closed for May Day so didn't get to say goodbye. There must be a term for the UNREALISTIC expectation that one would miss the train even though the night before the metro station is selected, correct line chosen, time checked, platform checked, minutes to walk determined, pre-day inspection completed, and ticket printed. But STILL one of us worries. After nearly being eaten by the ticket entrance turnstile with our huge bags we made the first part and then…. the platform indicator was blank and...

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Oct 22, 2015 - Bordeaux, days 2 & 3, France

We got into Bordeaux late afternoon, and found Cosy B&B accommodation, much easier the second time round. We stayed here back in 2012, Jean Piere is such a nice host. Over the 2 days stay we have walked again around Bordeaux, and enjoyed this beautiful city. Yesterday Marg & I took it easy, had hoped to go for a bike ride but rain changed that plan. So Marg & I just had a "petite flanerie" (stroll & looking around - French phrase). If only we had lots of cash - this place has such nice clothes & shoes very chic & classy - a females shopping...

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Buts 2015 Euro Trip

May 14, 2015 - Catch up time. Peragaux

Sorry about my silence. Touring is more tiring than I remember. Plus the Internet connection has not been robust. Enough complaining! First, the food is heavenly. Always interesting choices. One cannot have a bad meal aboard. Each dinner is accompanied by a white and a red, different each day. Tuesday we had a "light lunch" at Siaurac a chateau and winery that has been in the same family since 1852. Lunch started with a tabbouleh that included,radish slices and quinoa plus a small roll like thing with a little savory stuffing. A cold cream...

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Apr 22, 2015 - Bordeaux

We have spent the last couple of days hanging out in Bordeaux where the sun is shinning and the wine is flowing - Had the most amazing day in St Emilion as we hired some bikes and got to ride thru the vineyards and stop off for sampling at the Chateau's - just so quiet and beautiful - so proud of the kids as they biked 11kms - Tomo did so well keeping up and the roads were so easy to ride around. On Thursday we head to our canal Boat just near Bordeaux we will get to glide past the vineyards - everyone is very excited. we wont have internet...

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Aug 16, 2014 - Bordeaux in the fresh morning air

We've decided today that we are going to give ourselves a time limit, as we are both feeling a bit tired and worn out, as we've burned the candle at both ends quite severely the past few days. So, the plan is we'll leave town by 2pm, and be in Nantes by 5pm. That will give us a chance to have a break for a couple of hours, before heading to dinner, then spending a relaxing night in the room catching up on some R&R. First things first, breakfast and load up the car, then go to find a post office where we can buy some boxes to send home...

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Aug 15, 2014 - An evening walk in Bordeaux

Well, after three hours of driving, we have arrived in Bordeaux. WOW! To me, this is like a mini Paris. The architecture is very similiar, there is a river running through part of the town, and it even has it's grungy little pockets which you'd feel uncomfortable walking in at night. But, those pockets are small. And the rest of the town is, well, beautiful. I booked a place which was a reasonable price, but a little way out of the main part of the old town. Unusually, the receptionist asked me to make payment for the hotel in advance, and...

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Mar 27, 2014 - Bordeaux, France

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...

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