Tell me about Bordeaux & St. Emilion

Old Jan 21st, 2008, 06:12 AM
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Tell me about Bordeaux & St. Emilion

Thinking about including this area of France into our trip this September. I have not read any trip reports from this area and would like any info that you might like to share.

We are interested in wine and beautiful countryside.

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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 06:54 AM
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Town pretty cosmipolitan with good shops.

Two rivers confluencemakes for damp enviroment. Sweet wines to the south, basic reds to the East, V good to the North.

Oysters to the West.

St Emillion is World Heritage Centre.

Suggest search on this site.
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Old Jan 21st, 2008, 07:24 AM
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Hi O,

See my trip report:
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...p;tid=34676645

Photos at http://tinyurl.com/sjch4

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I love Bordeaux, but I've spent a lot more time there than most Americans do. I have a file on it - if you want it email me at [email protected].

St Emilion seems to draw gasps of delight from most American visitors. It bores me, except for the monolithic church. I find it pretentious and overpriced. There's one wonderful restaurant there, but otherwise I never visit it anymore. But that's just me. I'm sure you'll be glad you visited it (just don't skip the church).
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Oh, and beautiful countryside does not describe the areas around Bordeaux or St. Emilion. You'll have to go farther into the Dordogne to find that.
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I thought Bordeaux was OK - but I enjoyed Dijon, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Chambery, Avignon, Perigueux, Rouen, Montpellier, Aix en Provence, Nice, & Strasbourg more.

St Emilion is good for one 2-3 hr visit or an overnight. It's kinda one-dimentional (wine). Like St Cirq indicated, the countryside gets a lot prettier a few hours east.

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