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21.05.2009 - 26.05.2009 22 °C
We got off the train in Bordeaux to some beautiful sunny weather, great start to the day. We headed to the area where our hotel was supposed to be, which ended up being right in the centre of all the tourist attractions and in a beautiful area. Took us a little while to find it, but we finally did. There is only one real hostel in Bordeaux that we could find online, and they were booked, so we ended up finding this cute little two-star hotel that had cheaper prices than the hostel. We asked for the cheapest room, and the guy said we have one with a double bed. He sounded a little sketched out that we would share, but I mean this is Europe we have seen more naked people walking around here than ever why is it strange to share a bed? The room ended up being really cute; we got our own shower and toilet in a huge bathroom which was sweeet, plus a little tv. Remember we havent watched TV since we left, so we found french MTV and we have been watching that. Our French is improving fast with that.
We toured around Bordeaux for the first two days. The area around our hotel is so nice; it is filled with boutiques and designer wedding dress shops (we were very tempted to go try them on but we figured it would be harder to lie in French). This place is extremely pretty; we have decided it is the most romantic place we have been so far. Everything is clean and there are barely any pigeons, and barely any creepy French guys. We toured around and saw the ruins of the old castle, the Place de la Bourse, the beautiful fountain at the Monument to Girondins, and the Mirroire d'Eau - this is a big "mirror" on the cement, that has water coming out of it on hot days and everyone just runs through it, all the kids play in it. It is right by the river and the biggest in the world. It is really really neat. Whenever we got hot from walking around we just went and walked around in it, until Michaela got glass in her foot. Then we left.
Yesterday we went on a half-day chateau tour. We figured we would splurge because we are in Bordeaux and we had to see the vineyards and chateaux. We ended up going to Chateau Monlot, which specializes in red wines. We took a beautiful bus ride out to the chateau through the vineyards, then we got a little history lesson and had a tour of the vineyards there. We got to see the cellar where they kept the wine, got a little explanation on how things are done, then the best part...... the DEGUSTATION. (wine tasting). We got to try two different wines; one from 2002 and the other from 2006. Breanne really liked them both. Michaela isnt really a wineo, more of an alcoholic, so she just took them back as fast as she could. We got a lesson on how to drink wine and check the colour and aroma, how to hold the cup, etc. Overall it was a really good time. After this we got to tour the ancient town of St Emilion where the chateau actually is, and it was ridiculous. The town is soo old, it is actually the town where the Benedictine Monks used to be based out of. The old church, the Monolithic, is the main tourist sight; it is underground and was actually carved out of a huge piece of stone. Also, no buses or heavy vehicles are allowed to actually drive through the town because so much stone has been carved or taken out from the tunnels under the city that the roads would actually collapse. It was pretty neat to tour it, even though we could not take any pictures underground, only of the tiny streets.
Afterwards we bought some Macaroons; I guess this area is known for their macaroons. Very delicious. Since we are staying in a little hotel and not a hostel we havent met anyone here. Instead we have been drinking in our sweet hotel room at night ourselves and entertaining eachother by dancing to strange French music and taking lots of pictures.....
Today we have been trying to figure out a way to bring back as much wine as we possibly can to Canada. Apparently it is illegal to ship anything like that so we have been trying to work some magic. If we cant figure anything out we will just drink the wine we have bought for you and think of you while we do it. It is a rainy day today, first in about a week. We are heading to Saint Malo, a little resort town in northern France for a week... so excited!! We are not excited about our 4am train ride though... we may just drink wine until 3am then head to the train... we will see how it goes...
Michaela and Breanne