Category Archives: Adventures

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 »

Settling Into Bordeaux

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So far, we really like Bordeaux.  It’s like a smaller, more relaxed version of Paris, with great bars, restaurants, and shops…and similar architecture and atmosphere.  But perhaps most appreciated, folks are really friendly and helpful.  It’s comfortable here. After all our prior travels, we someday wanted to live and immerse into another country, with a different mindset, language, and food… Read more »

Our First Visitor

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The evening after we arrived into Bordeaux, our close friend Andrea joined us, just in time for a late Saturday dinner in the nearby square.  She took the TGV train down from Paris where she was visiting her sister. And the next morning she joined us for our first foray to the outdoor market on the riverfront of the river… Read more »

Zürich and Geneva Switzerland

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It felt kinda strange…suddenly we were on our way!  Through all the preparations we hadn’t thought much about actually leaving. We were thankful the flight to Zürich was uneventful and we arrived with all our bags.  No small miracle nowadays.  We’re here for a couple of days to get adjusted and visit some friends.  From here, we’ll take the train… Read more »

We’re Off!

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From all our family, to friends new and old, to work colleagues, and even total strangers, we are very thankful to those who helped us prepare for this adventure.  Whether it was direct help, or just your friendship and support, we wouldn’t be where we are today without you.   We’re definitely off to a great start, thanks to you!… Read more »