Saint Emilion

Day 8 – Bordeaux

Posted on July 4, 2017

Why not? Is your life!

Today started like the others here – a nice relaxing morning before getting ready to head out. We first drove to a nearby winery for a tour of the property and to learn about their process. The property is about 200 acres.

After that, we took a scenic drive around some other local vineyards and chateaus, before heading home to have some lunch and a rest.

At about 4pm, we headed back out, this time driving to a nearby village called Saint Emilion, which is very old and authentically French. We walked around in the 33 degree heat, exploring the small town and looking at the surrounding countryside.

Then it was back home for a nice dinner outside, as the sun began to set (about 9:30pm). I decided to take a few photos and videos as the sun set, and try some timelapse and long exposure photography. I had mixed results. Unfortunately the only ND filter I had was a ND8, which wasn’t enough for what I wanted, but I got a couple of decent shots.

Tomorrow we actually drive into Bordeaux to spend the day.

Day 7 – Bordeaux

Posted on July 3, 2017

Let the wine of friendship never run dry.

We spent today being showed around the local area, driving down the winding roads, through the beautiful country landscape. We were mostly surrounded by huge vineyards, which stretched into the distance.

We also drove through a few small villages, and stopped at various churches and other old buildings to look around.

There was a large, old mansion we stopped into as well, which was actually Marie Christine’s old childhood summer house. The current owner was a sweet old lady who invited us in to look around and have a drink outside.

After spending the afternoon driving around, we headed back home to relax and rest a bit, before having dinner.

Everything is a lot slower paced here. You have more time to relax, space to breathe and it doesn’t feel chaotic. It’s quiet and peaceful, with that classic European lifestyle. It’s a nice change from the jam-packed adventures in Ireland, which were great, but hard to sustain for extended periods of time.

Tomorrow I believe we have a tour of a nearby winery.