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Discussion in 'Alaska' started by USBYGS, Jun 16, 2006.
New respect for Rose´... all i'm sayin'....
Out of touch! Been moving every few days and exploring the region in depth. Touring castles, exploring small villages, churches from the humble to the extravagant, and local wines of course. The country side rides have been the highlight with small, never straight, and rolling hill roads. Again, picts to follow, hopefully at our next place.
Chagall showing in a limestone cave:
insert cricket noises here......
In Bordeaux today... Stopped by Saint Emilion for a couple bottles of wine. Because we can. Not braggin'.... Or am I? Our last cottage was on part of a 49 room chateau. No dungeon. At least that we could see.
Did a valve adjust there on a cool morning before our daily venture into the country side. All is well - we have wifi here so if I can stay coherent long enough I will update with pictures... Did I mention the wine?
Who you gonna please with that little thing?
A Gardian (cowboy) in a traditional round up. It is all about the white horses and the bulls in the Camargue area. Aggressive - athletic bulls that leap over the fences during the games! The bulls in Camargue style of fight are not injured. Instead of this, the objective is to remove the ribbons attached to the bull’s horns
if you want to see it:
look close and you will see some people on the ground who were not paying attention to what was coming!
The road to get there...
traditional and western saddle
Some pink birds Gina wanted to see...
Roadblock... now what was the password?
You've heard that often?
Every chance I get...
It's tough to find time to update... Spent some time in Bordeaux, Bergerac, St. Emilion - all $$ about wine here. But today we learned all about Cognac - in Cognac. Went on two different tours and the town in in the middle of a blues festival. Iggy Pop, Cranberries... all kinds of acts. Town full of peeps. We have a small hotel room in the middle of town just a few blocks from all the action.
Our last place may take the cake though. It was in a Chateau in Bourg. Right in the middle of their 45 hectares vineyard. We had the best room in the chateau and our bathroom was in the tower! Can't wait to post pictures. Been slow uploading them with sketchy internet. These stone walled buildings are not the best for internet!
Oh yeah, the bike is starting to get loaded up with wine... Hard to be here and not pick some up but where to put it on the bike!?!
You need to have a support party to help drink the wine. I'm a pro.....
On the bike? HA! I think that as usual this is more likely --->
Our place a few days ago...
It is a problem:
Just need a bigger glass:
Found a new helmet and riding gear:
Bought a new portrait:
Last night, in Angers, we came across a wine tasting event with 24 different local independent wine makers... Cost 3 euros for the glass - and then you could try all the different wines from each booth... Lots of cremante (like champaign). Lets just say that Gina was really feeling good after a couple of hours!
The views from our rooms have been crazy brilliant...
No internet for a few days - at mc'ds for wifi to check the vitals! We are in the Loire valley heading slowly towards our German home. The end is near but we are busy as ever. Triple sec was first made by a man in Saumur. He made liqueurs for his chocolates and it turned out people liked the liquor better than his chocolates. One was made from orange peel, regular and bitter, and distilled three times - hence triple sec. We toured the original, Combier, who made this in a time without patents and now there are many imitators. Cointreau being one of them, made in a neighboring town. Combier still hand cuts the white bitter part of the rind out and only produces 700,000 bottles a year. The big distilleries (Cointreau) don't cut this out and make 15 million bottles. Noticed a difference in taste due to this... Now cognac is a different ball game with the soil differences for the grapes used... Another story.