Bordeaux Journals

St Emilion and the Dordogne

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A July 1989 trip to Bordeaux by MichaelJM

Half-Timbered cottages in Bergeracs narrow streets Photo, More Photos
Quote: This was a holiday to one of our favourite districts in France. Fine wine, good food, superb views and a dip into France's history.

St Emilion

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Fields of grapes Photo, Bordeaux, France
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In 1999 the jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion, covering over 7,500 hectares, was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The borders were established at the end of the 13th century, by Edward 1st of England and it's important to realise that the region is made up of a total of seven other communes. Now we’ve drunk a fair bit of their wine, and we were intent on exploring this town renown for its prolific production of top rated red wine. The wine we knew to be supple and fruity with a fair degree of alcohol giving a well rounded and full-bodied taste. We also knew it to be in the higher price range of quality wine. So you won’t be surprised that we decided to have a tasting or two. Indeed the small chatea...Read More

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Château de Roquetaillade

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Attraction | "Chateau de Roquetaillade"

Château de Roquetaillade Photo, Bordeaux, France
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This well-maintained chateau looks as if it has been plucked from the middle of England. Indeed it has, because this part of France was part of English territory when the chateau was built in the early 1300s. Since that day the chateau has remained in the same family and it is reported that it escaped destruction in the French Revolution, because the owner at the time doubled his worker’s pay and asked them to leave the chateau intact, "touch nothing except the finest wines of the chateau". That successful ploy has resulted in a chateau that has required only the normal external maintenance. Inside, has been extensively restored under the quirky and creative style of le-Duc a fashionable internal desi...Read More

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Château de Roquetaillade
Mazeres
Bordeaux, France
05 56 76 14 16

Bergerac

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Half-Timbered cottages in Bergerac's narrow streets Photo,
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So, like you, we’d heard of Cyrano de Bergerac, but in fairness I knew little about this Dordogne town. Other, of course, that they produced a little bit of wine! It required some investigation and so we pointed the car in the general direction of the town. Bergerac is a greedy town and occupies both sides of the Dordogne, but in all honesty I would recommend that you spend your time in the northern sector. The town’s port is mainly used for pleasure trips and from here you can take a ride down the Dordogne on a replica of a traditional Dordogne vessel, where you’re sure to see a plethora of birds including kingfishers, cormorants and heron. This is basically a fairly laid back affair a...Read More

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St Emilion

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St Emilion Photo,
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Apparently the town producing one of our favourite French wines is the oldest wine-producing town in France and we were keen to view it. The town clings on the side of a south facing hill and the belfry acts as a great orientation. We were mightily impressed of the view down over the cluster of red pantiled roofs from the Place des Creneax, but having struggled up the tower (you’ll need to be fit to manage this one) there is a more superior view over the town and the surrounding countryside—the regimented fields of meticulously cared for vines. Although the town has a high reputation for its wine it should also be known for its underground church. The Eglise Monolithe is the largest und...Read More

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Lascaux II

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Attraction | "Lascaux Caves"

Lascaux II Photo, Lascaux, France
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Lascaux caves were stumbled upon in 1940 as four youngsters looked for their lost dog. It was an incredibly well preserved testimonial to the artistry of prehistoric man, and the paintings were said to date back over 17,000 years—days when a number of now extinct beasts roamed the plains of France, from woolly mammoth to sabre-toothed tigers. Dangerous times, when the hunters had to leave the safety of their caves in search of food armed only with crude flint spears. So proud were the locals that they very quickly opened up their discovery to visitors who came in the thousands to view this primitive art gallery. Unfortunately this sounded the death knell of Lascaux, and visitors’ presence c...Read More

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Lascaux II
2 Km South of Montignac
Lascaux