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The Length of Aquitaine

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A travel journal to Aquitaine by MagdaDH_AlexH

Les Landes Photo, Aquitaine, France More Photos
Quote: a drive (and a few stops) through Aquitaine in the spring of 2011

Bordeaux to Agen

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The canal bridge, Agen Photo, Aquitaine, France
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We leave the golden Bordeaux on a somewhat hectic morning and without a clear destination in mind or accommodation booked. Driving east, we get off the motorway as soon as practicable and quickly enter the heart of the many appellations that constitute the famous Bordeaux wine growing region. The village of St Emilion, although perhaps not quite the holy of holies – this would be the Pauilliac and Margaux areas north-west of Bordeaux – is still a major fine-wine producing centre and a pretty -and further prettified – tourist sight in its own right. Golden stone, cobbled streets and steep alleyways look good in a rustic-but-well-scrubbed way. The people walking the streets all appear to be ...Read More

Etap Agen

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Hotel | "A Typical Etap"

Etap Agen Photo, Aquitaine, France
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Etap Agen was very much like other Etap hotels we stayed at: fairly formulaic, basic standard of accommodation at a good price (especially for three or four people). [Etap is the budget brand of the Accor hotel chain, just one notch up from the hostel-like F1 and one notch down from the Ibis. There are zillions of them in France, at least one in pretty much every medium sized town and more than that anywhere bigger. Etap, just as the name suggests, are typical motels, and often located on the outskirts of the urban areas, off the main roads or city bypasses; ideal for those passing through by car but often not as convenient for those on foot. The best comparison point in the UK would be ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 16, 2011

Etap Agen
Le Passage, Agen
Aquitaine, France

L'En-Cas de l'Aubergiste

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Restaurant | "Traditional Local Food"

L'En-Cas de l'Aubergiste Photo, Aquitaine, France
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We had a Sunday lunch at L'En-Cas de l'Aubergiste (Innkeeper's Trunk) in Agen and a very nice meal it was. After a long stroll by the canal we found ourselves walking rather desolately among Agen's mostly closed cafés and brasseries. It was half past two on a Sunday and any chances of food were slipping away fast. The proprietress of Le Cas offered us a Menu and we ordered the full works without much faffing about (and with little thought give to the cost). All in all it was a duck galore, beginning with a starter of a warm duck and lardons on a bed of salad leaves. The mains was more duck, strips of breasts in green pepper sauce, cooked to perfection and surrounded by blobs of various ve...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2011

L'En-Cas de l'Aubergiste
2, Place Lapeyrusse, Agen
Aquitaine

Les Landes

Attraction | "Thin forest on a sandy swamp"

Les Landes Photo, Aquitaine, France
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Les Landes is an area within the French region of Aquitaine, almost directly south of Bordeaux. It's a strange land, a not-very-healthy looking forest of mostly feeble conifers growing on sandy soil. Originally it was a flat swamp, not drained until the 19th century. Currently it is a vast "parc naturel régional", bit of a green lung of this area.The Atlantic coast adjacent to Les Landes boasts some excellent surfing beaches, but the inland stretches have a subtle attraction of their own, one stemming less from the landscape that is neither particularly beautiful nor lush and more from the feeling of being in a place with sparse vegetation and even sparser population. Holiday cottages thi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Les Landes
South from Bordeaux
Aquitaine

Vieux Village

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Restaurant | "Decent if a bit uneven"

Vieux Village Photo, Aquitaine, France
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The Old Village restaurant is located on the outskirts of Agen, in the so called Le Passage, off the main road coming out of town towards Les Landes and not to far from the Etap hotel.We ate there two or three times during our stay in Agen and we found the food good and very plentiful, if a little bit slapdash on occasion. The décor and set-up of the restaurant is a bit strange, with a normal looking bar section and a large, fairly cavernous hall-like area with long tables under a high, glass ceiling. The walls are decorated with images of buildings to create the impression of sitting in the street of an old fashioned village (thus the name, I presume). We had basic...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Vieux Village
Le Passage, Agen
Aquitaine

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MagdaDH_AlexH

MagdaDH_AlexH
Perth, United Kingdom

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