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May 12, 2012 - John asks some questions about France

Is it where Joan belongs? What is sacred to the French? Why are the French not 'politically correct' about indigenous peoples and should they be? How come French Socialism is truly conservative whereas Anglo Conservatism is radical? How can a society so regulated be such a pleasant place for the middle classes? How come you don't need to book for a reasonably priced Michelin star restaurant? How come a glass of excellent Bordeaux in a crappy cafe in a crappy shopping mall only costs about 3AUD? How come nobody told us about Bordeaux? How...

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Nov 21, 2011 - Bordeaux

Nous aimons Bordeaux. We arrived in Bordeaux on dusk and and got ourselves squared away. Usual routine kicked in where we go looking for a restaurant for dinner. By this time it was dark and while walking around the city we became captivated with how beautiful Bordeaux is. So much so that we instantly decided that 2 nights was not enough time to spend here. The next morning we immediately arranged an extra 2 nights to ensure we could soak up as much of this beautiful place as possible - and we haven't even seen a winery yet! Planning our...

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Oct 29, 2011 - Bordeaux -- 30 years later

Marilyn’s Musings The trip is winding down. We are in gorgeous Bordeaux for a couple of days before we jump on a train for another couple of days in Paris and then home. In my mind, we just left on this trip; my credit card reminds me that I am dreaming! The trip from San Sebastian (in pouring rain most of the way) was another four hour trip, so by the time we checked in at the Royal St. Jean Bordeaux Hotel across from the train station, all we had time for was a quick tram into the center of the city for a walk, a glass of wine and dinner...

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Aug 6, 2011 - Le Verdon, Fraance

The big attraction for today's stop is tours of Bordeaux (wine country)... the ride to Bordeaux is two hours (each way)... since we had visited here on a previous cruise, we opted out of a four hour round trip and elected to take the shuttle bus to the small town of Soulac-sur-Mer. Soulac-sur-Mer id described as a small seaside resort. That is exactly what it was! Not one of our favorite stops... starting with where the shuttle bus dropped us off. When the bus stopped and opened the doors... we looked around (there was nothing within...

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Jun 10, 2011 - Bordeaux: The New Jersey of France

We get into Bordeaux around 8 am. It's raining. Since we've been told by the bus manager that all the Marseille folk are going to Bordeaux for the weekend to enjoy the weather and wine, this seems a little odd; however, we're sure that it will pass. We enter the city proper, and all is gray and dirty. Sex shops line the streets and “lap dance” signs light up the pavement. Still, we're sure it will get better. We arrive at the hotel, where the manager does not seem even a little pleased to see us. In French, she tells us to "quickly hide our...

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Jun 9, 2011 - Our beginnings in France

Bonjour all….and where are you now you all ask? Well, to be honest we’re actually sitting in a Laundromat completing the mundane but necessary task of washing clothes…clothes that have been worn that many times that they were threatening to walk off us with the aromas coming from them! But seriously? We have landed in Belgium, the home of delicious chocolate and beer, after just under four weeks of exploring France from South to North….so if you’ve got the time read on for French adventures! If our memories serve us correctly, we left you...

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Jun 5, 2011 - Bordeaux

Another great day in France, Bordeaux our last, and the weather fantastic again nice and sunny with few clouds, 27. Again walked to tram and enjoyed the public transport system to view all the sights. Loved the amazing Opera House, sandstone floors, stairs and statues along with gold trimmings and magnificent art work covering the ceilings with massive chandeliers. Enjoyed a relaxing coffee next to the Saint Andre cathedral constructed in 1863 which has a huge 8 tonne gold statue on top nicknamed Ferdinand-Andre. Another amazing sight we...

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May 7, 2011 - Chilling in Bordeaux

We had a great day visiting and talking mostly in French with Jen’s cousins. It is on family visits like this that we really get to hear how much the kids have improved their French. We went for a walk with the dog, a bike ride, a trip to the mall to find mother’s day presents, a trip to the wine shop and a visit to a neat boucherie. After dinner we went through our trip blog on the computer with Michel and recalled all that has happened since our visit in August.

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May 6, 2011 - Airbus factory tour

We woke up early and headed to the Airbus factory after a quick buffet breakfast. The Airbus factory is impressive. The largest buildings by volume in Europe. 49 A380s (the double decker planes) have been built so far, with 200 hundred on order – 75 for Emirates alone! The parts for the planes are built all over Europe, and then flown, floated or trucked to Toulouse where they go through final assembly and testing. The kids really enjoyed the tour and the gift shop. We enjoyed the drive through the beautiful French countryside, managing to...

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Nov 7, 2010 - First time in Bordeaux - Part 1

Nothing can really prepare you for your first trip to Bordeaux. You've tasted. Devoured books, magazines and websites. Listened to the sage words of friends who have been there before. But you're never ready. The drive from Mauvezin to St Emilion was 235 km. For the most part it was an easy 90 minute drive along the A62 at 130 km/h. Clear day. Little traffic. We could see the city of Bordeaux in the distance, when "Betsy", our reliable (not) GPS system gave us the warning that we should leave the motorway. She'd led us astray before. We...

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Sep 25, 2010 - Sept 25 terri s bday

So the big decision was if we should travel on terri s bday or not! We decided to travel and get our ass to Marseilles, although we knew it was going to be a 6 hr train ride, terri was ok traveling on her day! To make up for it, I booked us first class train seats, we had a lovely day seeing the west souther part of France from our first class seats, and guess what...sipping on some Bordeaux wines! I, Lynn, have found a new addiction, the classic baguette with ham, cheese and butter.. And don t even think of asking for some mustard..eat it...

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Sep 24, 2010 - Sept 24 ST Emilion day trip Time to venture out again..

Being in the Bordeaux city we just had to get out into the vineyards! Surprise surprise. We found our way into a small town called ST Emilion just an hour or so out of Bordeaux. This little midievil village had so much to offer. From visiting the monolithic church carved out of limestone dating back from the 11th century to listening to the story of Emilion, the monk, who lived in the underground caves the last 17 years of his life (between 750 and 767, ya thats the year!) The feel and sight of this small village was breath taking, created...

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