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Arcachon Bay – Day 7

Oysters! We took a bus from the pier to visit Arcachon Bay, sample recently harvested Oysters and have lunch bayside. What a fun day trip. When we arrived the tide was pretty high. All we saw of the oyster beds were these “sticks” poking out of the water. We took a boat over to the other side of the […]

Paulliac – Day 6

Time for the left bank, or Rive Gauche, home of the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bordeaux_Wine_Official_Classification_of_1855). We were docked in Paulliac but toured the Medoc from north to south. We saw Château Margaux (Premiers Crus), Château Lafitte Rothschild (Premiers Crus) and stopped for a tasting at Château Marquis de Terme (Quatrièmes Crus). We had a lovely dinner at […]

Bourg and Blaye – Day 5

Two picturesque little walkable towns, home to two large right bank wine regions. I had never heard of Côtes de Bourg or Côtes de Blaye but they both have some great Bordeaux wines – most of which are never exported due to their lower price point. We had a small semi-private tour (24 people) that started at a wine bar in Blaye called La […]

Libourne, St. Emilion, Pomerol – Day 4

We started the day with a visit to Libourne – known for its markets. We then rode to the town of St. Emilion (home to Château Cheval Blanc – ironically it is the merlot that Miles loved in the movie Sideways), and visited the estate and winery at Château Siaurac (wines from Pomerol and Lalande-de-Pomerol) – followed by a tasting […]

Cadillac – Day 3

Just south of Cadillac, cooler water flows from the Ciron  into the Garonne and creates this foggy mist. This mist floats over the vineyards in the mornings and dissipates in the afternoon. This flux between humidity and warmth are perfect conditions for “noble rot” which gives Sauternes, like the wines of Château De Myrat, which we visited, their intense flavors and sweetness. The […]

Bordeaux – Days 1 & 2

We had a lovely week in Bordeaux exploring the area, learning some local history and tasting some great wines. On our walking tour we saw the Girondins Monument with a fountain & towering column erected to honor the revolutionaries from the Gironde region. We also wandered along the Garonne and its river-side gardens. Here is […]

Yosemite

We finally made it to Yosemite. I am not sure why we waited so long but we made it nonetheless. Last June we made reservations so that we could stay on the valley floor. If you don’t stay on the valley floor the closest accomodations are almost an hour away. There are really only four […]

Cuba – Havana Cars

The embargo froze (to a large degree) the state of transportation in Cuba. There are also a couple of oddities.  While we saw a smattering of newer cars across the island, the number of cars still running and in good shape from the fifties is amazing. Many are used as taxis or are available for […]

Cuba – Havana

Our last stop in Cuba was Havana. Almost as old as Santiago de Cuba, Havana was founded in 1519. There are preparations everywhere for the 500th anniversary, which will be celebrated this fall. It is the largest city, with over 2.1 million residents. It is a study of contrasts with most of the great architecture […]

Cuba – Cienfuegos

Cienfuegos is a quirky city. Founded by the French as a holiday town, it has had many masters through the years and the architecture reflects it. There are a number of local streets that now house artisans selling their wares.  The Cienfuegos Botanical Garden, founded by an American sugar planter named Atkins, started as a center […]