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Bordeaux was great!  We stayed at Villa St Simon, a B&B in Blaye (50km north of Bordeaux city). We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived, but quickly realized how lucky we were to find this B&B.  The villa itself has amazing wine to drink, tastings in the evenings, and outgoing owners that make sure you do fun stuff, feel comfortable, and learn about French wine.  I think we will visit Villa St Simon again, hopefully sooner rather than later!

We drank numerous bottles during our visit, and returned home with 10 bottles (which will hopefully make it back to Boston!).

Tasting room.

I spy Charles!

Villa St. Simon is close to the citadel of Blaye, designed by Vauban in the 1680s…

Charles strikes a pose before crossing the moat.

Buildings within the citadel.


Just south of Blaye is Bourg-sur-Gironde…we enjoyed wandering through this town’s streets, visiting the outdoor market, and eating oysters for lunch!

A foggy day in Bourg.

Wash house in Bourg.

A small outdoor market is held every Sunday in Bourg….


We have oysters from the market for lunch with our host Les (right) and another couple visiting Villa St Simon.

We return to Blaye after lunch, and enjoy the clear skies….

Where is the fog?

After a bottle of wine, I felt like sitting in this boat was the right thing to do.

On our final day, we visited Chateau Rousselle, a 57-acre vineyard in Bourg.  We learned a lot about wine from our host Les and the vineyard’s owner Vincent.

Vineyard, with beautiful fall colors.

Les tells us about the chateau's cement tanks.

Vincent tells us about his wine...

....and we listen!

Before catching our train home, we spend a few hours in the city of Bordeaux…

A panoramic view of the Girondins monument (taken with photosynth).

Inside Cathédrale Saint-André.

Charles walks on water.

View of Garonne river.

I will leave you with this homework reading list!:

Les' book recommendations.

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Building in Bourg.

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