Wednesday, April 27, 2011

French Wine Country: Part Deux

After a couple of days in Loire Valley, we said goodbye to the wisteria and headed Southwest to the Bordeaux region.  It is a vast region, impossible to cover in one short trip, so we decided to focus on St. Emilion (you could spend two weeks in Bordeaux and just skim the surface). 

I've been obsessed with 2005 St. Emilion red wines for quite some time now (I'm not quite sure how it happened but probably because I couldn't afford a 2000 and 2005 was the next best (well known) harvest year).  Anyway, getting to take a trip to the town was a quite a treat for me.  The wine alone is spectacular enough to win my heart, but the fact that town itself was insanely charming captured me completely.  By the end of the trip, I was trying to talk the Mr. into buying a property and starting a winery.

What I would give to restore this gem...

Back in reality, during our two short days in Saint Emilion, I savored every moment.  Driving up and down the winding country roads everywhere you looked you could spot what you thought was the most beautiful property you had ever seen.... until you looked out the other window and saw something even more stunning.  It was pure bliss for the eyes.

We also spent hours walking up and down the winding cobblestone streets of the charming town while enjoying the view of the landscape below.

Our hotel in Marcay was hard to follow, but the location in the middle of the town was very convenient.  The name was Au Logis des Remparts (but if you can, splurge and stay at the Relais & Chateaux hotel called Hostellerie de Plaisance which is in an even better location and looked truly exquisite.  If you are looking to splurge on a hotel in France, just google Relais & Chateaux... a company that runs all of the top luxury hotels in France and all over Europe).

I absolutely adored the light blue shutters on all of the limestone buildlings.

These old stone flower beds lined the streets in all the towns we visited.  I love the effort they put into making the streets look beautiful.

Blue shutters, limestone and roses.....

you had me at blue shutters.

Our favorite lunch spot.  Tucked in next to the old cloister with a terrace backing into a vineyard. (Favorite meaning we went twice...  breaking my strict no repeat rule).

The cloister built in 767 AD.

 The vineyard backing into the terrace of our favorite little restaurant. 

The beautiful old church where we spent Easter.

After a quiet Easter brunch (French style - complete with open faced tartines and espresso) we bid farewell to our new favorite treasure. 

À Bientôt, Saint Emilion.

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