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Monday, April 22, 2013

Un Bon Weekend

We are going to Biarritz!
I have not fallen off the face of the earth--I have been in the southwest of France with our good friend, Thomas Ung. We left insanely early on Saturday to catch an EasyJet flight to Biarritz.

I see wonderful things...










The beach at Biarritz











We walked around a bit, enjoyed the sea air, then drove to St. Jean de Luz.
St Jean de Luz arch

Inside the church where
Louis XIV was married.





















For lunch we headed to the home of the parents of Thomas' friend, Mathias. He and his girlfriend, Eva, treated us to a true basque lunch. We sat in the sun, took our time, enjoyed a great Rioja reserva and talked--in French, Spanish and English.


The cathedral in Bordeaux.
After lunch, Thomas drove us to Bordeaux(stopping a couple of times for him to nap). We walked around a bit, then had dinner--by this time we were both tired and grumpy.
Balconies

















A ferocious guard.
We had a good night sleep, woke late, then headed to St. Emillion.
part of the city wall


Bordeaux is beautiful, but St. Emillion is something completely different. It was a medieval walled city on a hillside. Stone everywhere, and buildings that have stood for 100s of years.











We had lunch here, then walked around. I took so many photos this weekend that I killed the battery in the camera. Thank goodness I can take pics with my camera, too.

My Croque Monsieur

Thomas' tuna and shrimp salad



Some pistachio, hazelnut and chocolate
ice cream for dessert.
Cloisters in the cathedral

someone's house
The last medieval building that survives.
One of the many beautiful streets




















Inside the Bordeaux cathedral.
We headed back to Bordeaux and walked around some more. We were headed to the river Dordogne and stumbled on a huge flea market. I found a old piece of lace and eyelet, probably cut from a petticoat. The price was 20€, but I hesitated, so it dropped to 15€.

We stopped for coffee near the center of town and enjoyed the sun, visited the church which was started in the 1090s, and had dinner at a place close by. We got ice cream for our walk back to hotel. I have always liked flower flavored food, but the violet gelato was the best ever.
Now we are headed back to Paris on the train--Thomas to work and me to spend time with Mario before I head to my last destination--Cologne, Germany (Köln).

I am trying to catch up, but there so much to see!

juliette

2 comments:

  1. Arghh!? You've been in Bordeaux and that's exactly where I live! Thomas didn't know, too bad!! It sounds like you spent a good week-end. Hi to Mario!

    Segolene

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  2. I know! We even saw the sign to Talence! So sorry I didn't know ahead of time. I would have loved to see you and your family. I will have to come again with Wayne.

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