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Aug 10, 2009 - Bordeaux

Hi everyone...sorry for no updates in awhile between no easy access and a pretty crammed agenda finally got a chance to catch up. After Nantes we were anxious at finding our hotel by car. As a precaution we stopped and called for instructions to get to the hotel only to be told that not only were the streets pedestrian only but we would have to park in a public lot some distance away. After much ado in driving through the pedestrian mall (a trick we learned in Nantes), after schlepping our luggage up a flight of stairs, we are informed by a...

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Jul 15, 2009 - Une journée au paradis

Suite du 14 juillet Je suis arrivé au camping à 50 km de Bordeaux vers 16h00. Ce camping est de type « Familial » c'est-à-dire qu’il a un nombre de site limité (30 environ). On est le 14 juillet et il y a un repas communautaire du 14 juillet organisé au camping (payant évidemment). J’ai donc sauté sur l’occasion car ce genre de repas communautaire est toujours intéressant étant donné que l’on y fait des rencontre. Le thème du repas est « Les gaulois » au menu, apéritif de type potion magique; suivi de charcuteries accompagné de pain cuit...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Bye Bye les Pyrénées, bonjour Bordeaux

Bonjour à tous, Oui je sais, je n’ai pas alimenté le blog depuis plusieurs jours. C’est que peut-être qu’il n’y avait rien d’intéressant à dire. Le lendemain du Tourmalet, mon cou ne fonctionnait plus (appelons cela un torticolis ou équivalent). Plus question de faire du vélo quand on est presque plus capable de dormir, de se déplacer même à pied. La sortie par temps froid dans le col l’Aspin semble avoir laissé de traces. À moins que ce soit mes « importante ostéophytose antérolatérale et postérieure » ou ma « calcification ovalaire nucale...

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Feb 17, 2009 - Francine's Mom Visits/Bordeaux

Francine's Mom Arrives Shortly after New Years, we received a much anticipated visitor to our home. Francine's Mom, Antonniette, or Babcia to the kids, arrived from Canada. Antoinette was born and raised in France, in a small seaside village on the Normandy coast, called Dives sur Mer. At the age of 25 though, love took her to Canada to join her new husband, Bruno who also grew up in Dives. After the second world war, and for reasons Antoinette still doesn't understand, Bruno and his parents made the decision to emmigrate to Canada. Once...

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Jul 31, 2008 - Arrived

After 9 hours on a plane I finally arrived to France. Being in France after so many years is so strange. I really don't remember too much. Being with my family again is so nice. I really missed them all. I really can't wait until we start doing things.

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Apr 25, 2008 - France- Bordeaux

Ah, the country. But Bordeaux is a little rough around the edges, there is a bit of grit, some street kids and we are staying, (once again) in the red light district. It must be karma, I dunno. So aside from hearing street kids fighting or swearing or drinking at 3 am its pretty chill. The town is easy to navigate as well and we headed off on our first guided tour of a couple of chateau's to see how they make wine here, see the vineyard and get our drink on. The tour was great and we buy two dope bottles of wine which the wine maker...

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Jul 13, 2007 - Bordeaux

After sitting on a train for 11 hours, the last thing Jeff and I wanted to do was try to check in using my very limited French, but we had to run into one hostel that didn't have a night clerk that spoke English eventually. When we finally got to our room we ditched our bags and grabbed some delicious kebabs from the Chicken Box around the corner. The next morning we walked around town seeing all of the important sights. Pretty much every sight is where Girodins were guillotined during the counter reformation. In the afternoon we went on a...

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Jul 3, 2007 - Bordeaux Woe

Hello family and friends, I'm sitting in luxurious comfort once again on the TGV - first class no less. We've just left Bordeaux and today officially marks the end of my carefree years as a 20-something. Not the inspiration for the title of this post however - I have plenty to celebrate and Ian is ensuring it's a very special day! If I'm feeling any older today it would have more to do with the red wine, café au laits and copious amounts of baguette and other boulangerie goodies consumed over the past week in France, than any date on a...

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May 31, 2007 - Bordeaux

Tuesday 29 May So we arrived in Bordeaux to find more semi unpleasant weather. The great thing was that the hotel was directly opposite the road from the train station. We had a great view from the windows down on the station hall. We toured around town and made contact with our friends Bruno and Stef who live in Bordeaux. We met them at Toybox 2006 during the Mardi Gras Festival in Sydney. They both are Flight Attendants with Air France and it was a miracle that their schedules allowed them to be home at the same time. They invited us...

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Sep 1, 2006 - Bordeaux, France

We stopped for a couple of days at Bordeaux, on the way, a large picturesque city, in a wine growing area. We went to a local park, that had a playground, that the children enjoyed, and the rest of the time we went out to lunch and dinner, savouring the local food and wine.

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Aug 7, 2006 - Anyone for a Bordeaux

Great first class seats again took us to Bordeaux St Jean station in 3 ½ hours on the TGV bullet train. Heaving our heavy packs on to our backs we headed out into the 30 degree Bordeaux sun to find our hotel. Tram C took us to the centre of town where our hotel - Hostel Studio was a few hundred metres up the road. Sweating quite heavily, we arrive to find we had been moved to one of their other hotels - Hotel Bristol 300 m in another direction. Fifteen minutes later we arrived at Hotel Bristol where we were moved once again 100 metres down...

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Jul 14, 2006 - Paris to Bordeaux

I got up at 7am this morning. So early. Only had about four hours sleep. We met for breakfast and then got on the coach at nine. Today, we are expected to drive about 8 hours to Bordeaux. First stop we made was a petrol station for a toilet stop. I got a kit kat bar. The money is so hard to workout...I always use the notes to avoid having the sort through the coins which also means I've got a ridiculous amount of coins left. We then drove to a Chateau Mansion which was amazing - we didn't to go up the mansion though as we only had enough...

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