Ellie and I had a very long day. She is passed out on the bed in my hotel room in Bordeaux and as soon as I finish my wine I will join her.
We left Soustons this morning and drove to our next home, a very lovely place on the Arcachon basin. I will talk more about it in coming days. Anyway, we did no more than drop off the car and then took a train into Bordeaux, about 45 minutes. Bordeaux is celebrating la fete des vins, which is basically a huge, mobile tasting along the banks of the Garonne river. You buy a book of tickets, good for tastings at various pavilions.
So from the hotel, it was 2 km walk to the Garonne. But we couldn’t find the ticket booth, so walked an extra km. Once armed with our book of tickets and tasting glass, it was a 2 km hike along the quais, stopping along the way for a nice cremant (fizzy white), an excellent wine I never heard of, called chateau Donjon de Bruignac, which is sold (the owner told me) at a wine store on Hubert Street downtown (no idea). Had a few others, which are now completely mixed up in my head, but could not find the Medoc pavilion. No worries. I am going to the Medoc on Tuesday.
So now, somewhat the worse for the wine, I tried to find my way back to the hotel. The old city of Bordeaux is exquisitely beautiful, full of 17th century architecture. Along with blind alleys and dead ends. I did have some serendipitous discoveries. A lovely turquoise sweater for 50 €. Then, a bar a vins where Ellie and I shared a whole Spanish sausage (very good) and I had a glass of something called Les Puits de la Cassagne. Yes, it does mean The Pits and it was so good, I bought a bottle (9€) which I’m drinking now.
Of course, as usual, no one had ever heard of the street where the hotel is located, even though it is in the center of everything, near the Musee des Beaux Arts, the Hotel de Ville and Bordeaux cathedral. So we walked way out of our way, probably adding another 2 km to get back. Anyway, we certainly covered a lot of Bordeaux, but will be coming back often during our stays nearby over the next 7 weeks.