September 30, 2018 Blaye FR

We had an early start to the day.  The weather continues to be great, highs in the low 70’s and lows in the low 50’s.  We headed into Bordeaux which is the home of Cabernet Sauvignon, the area we wanted to visit produces some of the most expensive wines in France.  

Our Dutch App that we use to locate places to stay recommended we stay at a winery called the Marquis de Vauban.  It was free so we punched it in as we left Rochefort, after a nice relaxing Sunday drive of about 110Km’s we arrived.  Our expectation was a spot in a parking lot.  We were very pleasantly surprised to find we are parked right in the vineyard of the winery with electricity, and water provided.  We went into the tasting room and signed up for the 4pm English tour.

The view from the front of François.

We had a few hours to kill so we walked into the town of Blaye to see the fortifications there which is a UNESCO world heritage site.  This is another fort designed by the French designer Vauban, (the same guy our winery is named after).  It was designed in 1660 on the site of a medieval fort on the River Gironde.  The Gironde is the largest River estuary in Europe and it is about 3 miles wide here.  The purpose of the fort was to protect Bordeaux from ships coming up the Gironde.  It is an immense fort and was put to the test in 1814 when the British besieged it.  The fort withstood the siege and kept the British from getting down the Gironde.  It was decommissioned after WWII and turned over to the town.

Looking across the Gironde River towards the town of Paulliac.  Goats have taken over one of the outer parts of the fort.
An inland entrance to the fort with a bridge over the dry moat facing the town.

We took our winery tour and tasting with a couple from Wales.  After the tour we took a nice horse carriage ride into town to top off the night.  While we were relaxing there was a knock on the door of the RV and it was the guide from the horse carriage wanting to know if we wanted an aperitif for the night, of course we did.  The aperitif was poured from a used Evian water bottle.  After everyone from the campground got their glass he asked what it was, we had no idea, but felt better when none of the other guests knew either.  It turned out it was blackberry currant mixed with red wine.  It was delicious.  After that we returned to the RV to have our dinner, and call home.

This black swan was out looking for dinner outside the RV.

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