Bordeaux

Castelnau Bretenoux castle

“Smarter” family travel: A tale of two castles

“I don’t think we can drive across that!” Matt stared through the windshield at the narrow suspension bridge, glinting in the summer sun. The car would fit – just – but the bottom of the bridge was made of wooden slats. Could it possibly have been …

Enjoying the Bordeaux 2012 Fete le Vin

A bit of Friday relaxation in Bordeaux

Ah, it's Friday. Bet you wish you had a bottle of French wine this big. Matt snapped this photo of me at the 2012 Fête le Vin in Bordeaux - a festival that we basically stumbled upon and which proved to be a serendipitous highlight of our trip to the …

The bell tower of the monolithic church in Saint-Emilion

Going underground in Saint-Emilion

Once we finished our Saint-Emilion scavenger hunt and had some lunch, it was time for our English tour of the underground hermitage and monolithic church so called because it is carved out of one piece of stone in the hillside. In addition to …

Cloister of the collegiate church in Saint-Émilion

A Saint-Emilion scavenger hunt

Drive about an hour northeast outside of the city of Bordeaux, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of glorious rolling vineyards, exactly the kind of landscape you might imagine when visiting France. Cross the Dordogne River for which the region …

Playing at the Miroir d'Eau in Bordeaux, France

Best of France: Getting wet in Bordeaux

Please click on picture to see a full size version. Bordeaux is a beautiful city, its architecture and light distinct from other parts of France. The buildings are often constructed of native limestone, which is soft and golden and seems lit from …