Category Archives: Adventures

Visiting Ille-Sur-Têt

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Our friends Rick and Larry from Sacramento were visiting friends in a small town in southeast France called Ille-sur-Têt.    After Lynn finished her wine exam on Friday, we hopped on the train to pay them a visit!  They were staying with their friends Ann and Richard (also from Sacramento), who moved to Ille-sur-Têt about three years ago and are in… Read more »

Bordeaux Holiday Market

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Lights and tinsel, spirited gatherings and regional specialties– the Bordeaux holiday market comes alive in December and lasts up to the new year. Strolling through the isles marked with brilliant decorations whose intentions are to lure you in, it’s tempting to stop and mingle with every vendor, to learn the history and story behind his or her door.    … Read more »

Boot Scrapers

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Mud Scraper

When visiting new places, I seem to pick up on little things.  So walking around town I began to notice what I later learned were mud scrapers next to the entrances of many older buildings.  Called décrottoirs in French, they come in a variety of styles, and I spent the last couple of days taking pictures (and a getting a… Read more »

Field Trip to Montpellier

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Mark’s class had a 5-day field trip to attend a winery and vineyard equipment expo in Montpellier France, which is on the Mediterranean coast, about a 5 hour bus trip across the country from Bordeaux. We had a couple of days at the expo, which was a chance to see, touch, and learn about all sorts of equipment.  For vineyard… Read more »

Thanksgiving in Cadillac

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My classmate Nea (from Finland) wanted to host and experience an American-style Thanksgiving dinner.  So with the help of Cat (my Canadian classmate) and Lynn she planned a feast for about 30 of our classmates, teachers and their families this weekend.  To make things really fun it was hosted at her family’s estate Chateau Carsin near the town of Cadillac… Read more »

Paris Attacks

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While Bordeaux is relatively far from Paris, it made no difference in terms of the shock and sadness felt here, and all over the country …or the world for that matter.  It felt similar to us in many ways as it did after 9/11.  It was also interesting how being from another country did not really change or diminish our… Read more »

A “Portes Ouvertes” Weekend: Sauternes

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Chateau Closiot

Hold this thought: Sauternes is Not Just For Dessert! Bordeaux has what’s called Portes Ouvertes (Open Door) weekends in most appellations once per month. Many of the wineries within the specific “open” appellation are available for degustation (tasting) without a prior reservation. Because châteaux require reservations, taking advantage of these weekends is a must for those interested in tasting. We… Read more »

Back to School

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I was slugging out my morning commute the other day, and thought it was time, after nearly two months, to share about my school experience and new classmates. I’m working toward a 2-year master’s degree in vineyard and winery management at Bordeaux Sciences Agro; the agricultural school within the University of Bordeaux system.  It’s both a business and science master’s… Read more »