We left Bordeaux – slight delay as our captain anxiously awaited the very late arrival of the French pilot – required because the Gironde is tidal and we had a low bridge to contend with (more tidal stuff later) and sailed up the Dordogne to moor at Libourne from where we visited St Emilion.
St Emilion a real gem and thankfully not swamped with tourists. Apart from countless more wine sources and shops, it includes a cathedral (very ancient and hewn out of the limestone cliff. Too dark (and strictly forbidden) to take photos. Only problem is a huge tower/spire which was a late addition and threatens to bring the whole lot crashing down. So there is much subterranean concrete and steel being installed.
Lots of nooks and crannies and hidden cloisters all designed to convince you to consume and purchase their fine wines
Meanwhile the kids seem to be fine at Posh Pets. Also what was nearly the most expensive “selfie” ever as I whisked of my mask and an Airpod went flying!!!! Fortunately one of my fellow travellers spotted it on the edge of the precepice so crisis averted!!!
Next morning went on a walking tour of Libourne. I was the only participant so had my own private guide. Everyone else has opted for yet another wine tasting!!
Next a cruise out of the Dordogne, past numerous Chateaux and a soggy tour of the Medoc region in the rain – they don’t call it Aquitaine for nothing. Some of my fellow geriatrics/travellers and places seen along the way….
Back to the mooring at Fort Medoc: now somewhat overgrown but one of three forts across the Gironde to stop the Brits sneaking up river and taking back Bordeaux
We have to keep manoeuvring to avoid getting swamped by the twice daily Gironde equivalent of the Severn Bore (Le Mascaret). A tidal phenomenon which comes roaring up river twice daily complete with surfers and kayaks etc
Keeps the captain and crew on their toes!!! Full moon and all that!!!
Everyone else buggered off to yet another Chateaux for more wine tasting and a Classical concert – dressed in all their finery. I opted to stay on board to take advantage of liberated WiFi as we cruise back to Bordeaux where they will rejoin the ship. Tomorrow off to Cadillac and more Chateaux..