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Feb 21, 2014 - Bordeaux

Heavy rain again early in the morning so packed up & moved off towards France. We didn't actually see any sign of the border itself. We did see a sign saying that the border was 1km away but that was all. I presume that we were in the Basque region & that this region extended into France as we had noticed that a lot of the signs were in two different languages both in Spain & France. This other language uses a lot of Xs, Zs & Ks so must sound really strange. Well we've turned another corner, so to speak, & are heading North again up the...

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Nov 22, 2013 - Bordeaux

Today we took the very efficient and cheap tram into city centre of Bordeaux. The city sits on the western bank of Garonne River and since Roman times has been an important trade centre. The historic buildings seen today in the city are from the 18th century when the city was at its height of prosperity. We started are exploration of the city at the Place de la Bourse right next to the river. The magnificent buildings were reflected in the Miroir d'eau. Radiating back from the Place de la Bourse was the old town. We wandered through narrow...

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Nov 18, 2013 - A good journey south with a few interesting moments

We headed south again to Bordeaux. The journey started with a little tense moment when we had to get by some road works with just inches to spare, just after we left the campground. There was further road works through another town but not too narrow. We also had to fill up with LPG for the first time in France but that went without a hitch. Nice wide space and a very high canopy. We got to the campground just outside Bordeaux and thought for a while that we wouldn’t find a pitch big enough for us (despite them saying we would have no...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Reprise en main du voyage par les filles

Un contre-temps médical, rien de grave,mais c`est ça être avec des vieux..... Un insolation et l`autre une intoxication... Maintenant passons aux choses sérieuses. Nous vous avons laissé avec Saint-Émilion et depuis nous avons visité Bordeaux. Nous avons déniché un super bel appart bien situé avec terrasse. Toujours important pour nos 5@7. Le vieux bordeaux est très beau avec son architecture et son bord de l`eau. A Bordeaux tout tout mais tout est fermé le dimanche. Par chance, nous avons découvert un marché où abondance de crevettes,...

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Jun 3, 2013 - San Sebastián and Bordeaux

San Sebastián Today they spell hero p-o-s-k-o-s. never before have elements been braved like this honeymooning couple have withstood in their intended beach part of the trip. Insane wild winds, lots of rain, 11 degree days and all this two days before the start of summer. My brand new speedos have gone unworn, and there was no beaching in this fine town. We stayed in a great hotel, which was handy as the weather and a town wide strike meant we spent a bit of time hanging around the accommodation digs. Key highlights included us actually...

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Europe honeymoon

May 16, 2013 - Bordeaux

We spent the morning wandering around the centre of Bordeaux, which is not far from our B&B. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its outstanding 18th century architecture. It is very beautiful, with a lovely large park and many pedestrian only streets. In the afternoon, we drove to Bourg to visit Chateau de la Grave (http://www.chateaudelagrave.com/index.php). We had a very interesting tour of the winery from the owner, and enjoyed tastings of several vintages. It was a very enjoyable visit. The...

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May 15, 2013 - Avranches to Bordeaux

A long drive from Avranches today, about 6 hours driving time. We stopped in La Rochelle for lunch and arrived in Bordeaux about 1700. Despite all the sitting, we managed to get almost 14000 steps in because we walked to and from a restaurant that was about 45 minutes away.

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Sep 10, 2012 - Arrive Bordeaux

Hi All Great train trip from Paris on the TGV 1st class, nearly 3hrs very pleasant way to travel , leaves our Ozzie trains for dead, very fast and extremely quiet. Note to Laura , that clumsy gene you thought came from my side definitely comes from your mum's. She did a Laura, spilling a whole cup of black tea over her lap, thankfully the money belt , her new pale blue pola fleece (which now has pale green sleeves) saved her from severe burns!!! This all happened at Montparnasse station waiting for the train, very embarrassing for me...

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Buts Mer de Mer 2012

Sep 6, 2012 - Bordeaux

We have pretty much been under the pump lately, hence no postings. Paris was fantastic. We went to the Lido Club to see an amazing show -nthe same type as Moulin Rouge but apparently better. It lived up to it's name. It was a very late night and we were up early the next day to explore Paris. We visited Notre Dame, The Louvre in which we saw the Mona Lisa and a few other great painters. Then we explored the city for a couple of hours. The day ended in an authentic French Restaurant with singers etc. It was a great night with everyone...

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Jun 7, 2012 - France - Bordeaux

25th -26th May 2012 - (Bed No 36) We arrived at our hotel quite late so a relaxing night was the plan for what was left of the day. The next morning it was suggested to us by the hotel receptionist that the best way to get to the centre of Bordeaux was to take the tram. It was only a few minutes’ drive to the station where the lovely attendant gave us heaps to information on what she thought were the best things to see in town. (Here again is another example of a very helpful French person). As we hopped off the tram, the first impressive...

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May 12, 2012 - Bordeaux

We are now in Bordeaux and pinching ourselves. We can't believe that such a beautiful city exists. Many cities have their old towns which sometimes have a slightly unreal air about them perhaps because you know their limits and are aware of the contrast between old and new worlds as you step across their borders. Bordeaux is one of, perhaps the, largest eighteenth century city. It is UNESCO listed because of this. Wide streets bordered by creamy-honey colored buildings, lovely little areas, not really squares, where buildings are set back...

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May 12, 2012 - Bordeaux

7th May 2012: Monday Trip to town to get the tickets for the winery tour this afternoon and the bus trip that starts at 11am. Before the bus tour, I head off to a wine shop hoping to find Kev's wine he has asked me to get for him.  I found the location and the wine shop at the address he gave me but not the wine.  I search a number of wine shops on the way back but as time is short due to the town tour starting at 11am I have to hurry back without the wine.  I give up in discus. On the way back to the meeting spot I decide to trek through...

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