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CAHOR BORDEAUX and beyond : 23 to 28th JULY

Wine and relaxation !

As our journey continues we have been meandering our way North through France.
And of course this journey would not be complete without a stop at Bordeaux - famous for wine.

We stopped at Bordeaux for a few days and soaked up the atmosphere (more about the wine later!!)

Wandering through the city we came across the stunning St. Andre Cathedral, we have seen a lot of cathedrals so far and this one of the best.
It took 800years to build - that alone is an amazing statistic.

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Restoration is painstakingly slow - done by hand with a small brush.
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Then we came across the Sea Horse Fountain adorning the Girondins monument.

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The centre is dominated by The Grand Hotel and surrounds, all beautifully restored.
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There is always some form of "Street Art" - this was rather impressive.
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And when in Bordeaux of course you have to do a Winery Tour.
First stop was Chateau Maucaillou at Medoc.
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Where the vines are planted in very rocky river soil, we have never seen that before.
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Followed by the Baudan Winery - small boutique winery - very good wines.
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Quote of the day from our Tour Guide -
"Look at the grapes - growing quietly"
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L'Entrecote : an iconic Restaurant in the heart of Bordeaux.
We had wandered past here a few times and seen very long line-ups.
So of course that has to be the best restaurant so we joined the queue one evening just to see what all the fuss was about.
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Once inside we were presented with the menu - even with our very limited French we worked out there was no choice - one dish only !!
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Lettuce & Walnut Salad - very fresh and delicious with a light lemony dressing
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Followed by Steak cooked how you prefer, with one sauce only, their speciality and unlimited French fries.
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Later we discovered it was established in 1966 and has been serving the same iconic dish with their very own secret recipe sauce since.
And their own wine at a reasonable price (local of course)
Dessert was an option - mind bogglingly huge - we couldn't even think about it.

And yes we did sample some very good local wines at other Restaurants.

Posted by MKaye 08:14 Archived in France

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