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My good friend Zulema met up with me for some wine tasting in the Bordeaux region of France. We stayed in a charming bed and breakfast in the French countryside near the town of Pugnac. The bed and breakfast was on an estate that used to house a winery. The lovely British couple that owns it, has completely restored it from it’s formerly sad state to a wonderful countryside B&B, with a few modern touches like a pool, mini golf course as well as lovely gardens. Our trusty station wagon size Renault since the smaller cars were all manual shift, I guess the French don’t like automatic drive. Since I haven’t driven a stick in over 20 years, didn’t think it a great idea to relearn in France…

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We had a lovely dinner in a small family owned restaurant in the town of Pugnac, with a set menu, wine, salad, soup, entree and dessert, plus coffee for €18 or about $26, which for France is a bargain! The server spoke very little English, we probably should have studied a little more French to figure out that she was saying rare cooked beef….

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Dessert was lovely

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We became big fans of roundabouts (traffic circles) because they made U-turns a breeze when we went the wrong way:)

We got much better, we only got lost once per trip towards the end or I mean took the scenic routes once per trip 😉

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Lovely city of Bourg, right next to the town we were staying.

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On the River Garonne

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A very nice wine maker at a tasting

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At Pugnac winery, which would have been walking distance to our B&B, we received a tour of the whole facility, very cool.

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St Emillion, known for expensive wines and gorgeous country side

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A church where they had just found a cemetery and were excavating it

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Gorgeous cobblestone streets

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Vineyards

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Overlooking the lovely town of St Emillion

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Bordeaux

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Fantastic meal in Bordeaux, one of the best we had in France, good wine, oysters and charcuterie. We forgot to ask for the fromage,ie cheese. One of the cutest little bistro’s ever!

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Church time! Stained glass

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Arches

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Art on the street

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I thoroughly enjoyed the French countryside in the Bordeaux region, the towns of Bourg, Pugnac and St. Emillion, as well as Bordeaux city were all quite cute and charming. And the wine is très magnifique!

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