A week in France 2017

We had seven nights away during our annual pilgrimage to visit Gaynor & Vic, leaving Moraira on July 18.


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We stayed the first night at Iriarte-Jauregia in Bidegoian.Pleasant hotel except for the receptionist!!, but had a pleasant chat with the owner next morning. Good tapas and wine in the lounge after a violent tormenta
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Next morning we explored nearby Tolosa, with its old centre and beautiful river


Boyzz enjoy their picnic en route to Bordeaux.

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Then 3 nights at the luxurious Chateau Lamothe, a supposed hunting lodge of Edward, the Black Prince, nowadays run by Carla, with daughter Nicola's help. Boyzz were in heaven!


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The moat surrounded chateau had been well restored inside, and we had an impressive bathroom
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The pool was refreshing and the breakfasts, both on the terrace and inside, were scrumptious

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Dined the first evening at the Coq Sauvage


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A quick glance at Chateau D'Yquem - will arrange a visit another year.

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One day we drove to the Sauternes region, sampling wines at Chateau Guiraud, an eco-friendy vineyard. We bought some of their wine
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Lunched at the simple but very friendly Chateau Trillon: delicious mussels, dubious veal cheeks, a good pudd. & a glass of Rayne Vigneau. Then explored the village of Sauternes. Enjoyed 'tapas' for supper on the terrace of Lamothe!
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The following day we visited the very well kept Chateau Reignac with a fantastic tasting tower
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Then enjoyed a picnic overlooking the vineyards around St. Emilion. Drove to Chateau Pressac for a tour, but unimpressed with the guide, so left

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Very old church near Chateau Trillon restaurant


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Dined at the Michelin 'Black Prince' in Lorment.
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Then on to our 'home from home' in St Priest les Fougeres for 2 pampered days


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Boyzz were delighted to try out Vic's lamborghini- Vic seemed to enjoy it too. Gaynor laid on plenty of special Fizz & we enjpyed a walk at the Regional Park
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And Chris was wowed by the Martha Gunn Tearooms box that Jenny had discovered- even the Boyzz seemed interested! As was Toby with Somerville- ouch!


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We stayed at LaGuardia on our way home, at the Hospederia de los Parejes in the centre. We arrived on a feast day, so there was a


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lot of noise for most of the night. But we enjoyed exploring the town, had a complimentary drink & tapa in the hotel cellars, watched the impressive clock striking 8, failed to find a convivial restaurant so bought a good wine and drank it in the delightful, but unlit, hotel lounge.
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Next morning 6-7 hours back to Moraira