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May 11, 2018 - Libourne market and Chateau D'Abzac

The ancient walled town of Libourne was originally established by an Englishman (Roger de Leyburn) in the 12th century and is at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Isle rivers. It is in the center of a prosperous wine area and became a very important port. All the houses around the main square were built on the model of a Roman camp with a central square surrounded by arcades with two major entries. At one time the fortified town of Libourne formed a perfect square (55 meters per side). The market, one of the most prestigious in the...

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May 10, 2018 - St Emilion

The village of St Emilion is very old and has a very interesting Monolithic church that is carved entirely from one huge cliff of limestone that originally started with a natural cave. The church is dedicated to St Emilion and he was said to have lived the last 17 years of his life in the catacombs that are beneath the entire town. There is no wood inside – only huge pillars, side chapels, vaulted ceilings and altars carved from the limestone. The church was started in the 17th century and took over 50 years to complete. Pilgrims from all...

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May 9, 2018 - Blaye and Bourg

Thank goodness no wine tasting today!! This morning was spent on a scenic drive around Blaye. Blaye is a small town on the Dordogne River that has a high limestone cliff behind it on which a Citadel was built in the late 1600's. On the opposite side of the cliff there is a narrow road between the GirondEstuary and the cliff. The earlier settlers for this area used the natural cliffs formed in the limestone for living caves. As the years went by and houses were built, they were built right into the cliff and some where built in front of the...

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May 14, 2015 - St. - Emilion and Chateau Siaurac on Tuesday

The luncheon I described earlier was at this Chateau. Our visit included tours of the vineyards, winery and chateau, lead by the owner. The vinyard culture was especially interesting to a gardener, me. The chateau, which is from the 1700's, is suitably classical, everything I straight lines including the trees planted on a strict grid. This is also the style of tree plantations in the Perigord region. The gardens also include romantic, English section. The winery is set up for large productions - perhaps 50 to 100 thousand )(can't quite...

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Aug 29, 2010 - Libourne and St. Emilion

One thing I love about France is the fact that most villages of any size have a weekly market selling local produce, fish, meat, crafts and sometimes have a brocante as well. A brocante is literally a "secondhand trade" -- a flea market in other words. Patricia and I first went to 1 of the smaller villages, and then to Liborne, which had a large market in the town square and spilled into the streets leading up to it. Wonderful selection of fresh fruit -- 4 or 5 varieties of strawberries! -- radishes, spices. It wasn’t long before we...

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