Friday, June 24, 2016

France: Bordeaux (Part One)

So, our primary reason for picking France and Spain to explore for this time period was purely gastronomical. Both countries are world renowned for both their cuisine and (VERY IMPORTANTLY) their wines. But secondarily, both cultures are known for their beauty and relaxation, and all of this just sounded like a perfect trip.

Upon arrival to Bordeaux, we promptly dropped our bags at the apartment (AirBnb is always the way to go!!!) and headed out. We had no plans or "sites to see", but just wandered around to get a general feel for the city. First impression, super clean! It also, it just had an air of elegance to it, especially in the architecture.

Enjoy our leisurely stroll with us:

SO many cheese options...Adam about stroked out trying to make decisions!

Cheese as smooth as butter....drooling yet?

Just classically beautiful

This isn't even a park, just a common area

Creepy eyes, judgement for sure!

My favorite brewer from Brussels!!!!!!!!

We opted to start out first fully day in Bordeaux with a wine tour. Obviously right? It is Bordeaux after all. Prior to joining the tour company we took the-long-way walk to get to where were to meet them, to explore more of the city.

Where our apt. accommodation was, calm of the morning

I made really good friends during breakfast

Taking fountain architecture and sculpture to a whole new level. This one was absolutely MASSIVE.

And now let's FINALLY get into the wine tours!
I really can't recommend a better way to enjoy to explore wine country of the Bordeaux region than going with a tour company.
  1. You have a driver. So you can drink. Your partner can drink. It doesn't matter how little or how much you drink. You are in Bordeaux, you will be drinking, and you better not be driving.
  2. You have a region wine experts there to explain everything to you. We love learning new things, and it really does make a difference. I appreciate wine, and the process to get to the final product in my liquor cabinet, significantly more doing this.
  3. You get into vineyards and wineries that you otherwise wouldn't have access to, from the public.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

After a nice day of tour and tasting wine, we delved back into city exploration.

As night falls:

I lost the battle to get the following pictures (from the tour photographer) in chronologic order: