S: The Traveling Adventures of Larry and Susan | FRANCE 2012 Vol. I
BC: DEPARTED | BOD. FRANCE | 27 SEPT 2012
FC: Bordeaux | FRANCE | France's Wine Capital of the World visited by Larry and Susan | 2012 | Designed by www.SusanAldridgeGraphicsDesigner.com Photography taken by Larry Ragan 2012 | LA BREDE | PODENSAC | PESSAC | BISCARROSSE | CAP FERRET ST. EMILION | LOURDES | DORDOGNE | LASCEAUX | FEODAL | TURSAC | ~ Other villages we visited ~
1: FRANCE | BORDEAUX | ARRIVED 27 AUG 2012 | Bordeaux is classified "City of Art and History". The city is home to 362 historical monuments with some buildings dating back to roman times. At the location of each historical monument, Bordeaux is also the world's major wine industry capital. | Downtown Bordeaux | Photographed by Larry Ragan 2012
2: We're so excited to be here in Bordeaux! The first thing we wanted to do after eating was to walk down the cobblestone streets to see these beautiful buildings. Some of them are monumental and others should have been. We both appreciated our tour guide given by Christof, a co-worker with Larry at Dassault Falcon in Merignac. We had such a great evening! | Downtown Bordeaux
4: THE CAILHAU GATE This was the main entrance into the city. It provided access to the river. It was built in 1495 to commemorate the victory in 1495 by Charles VIII at the Battle of Fornovo against the Italians.
6: NIGHT on the Town! From the cobblestone streets to monumental site seeing, we were exhausted. The Jungle Café and Bruno's Café were perfect spots to stop for a drink of wine and some beer.
8: LOURDES | is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes said to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. At that time, the most prominent feature of the town was the fortified castle that rises up from a rocky escarpment at its centre. During the 8th century, Lourdes and its fortress became the focus of skirmishes between Mirat, the local leader, and Charlemagne, King of the Franks.
10: LOURDES | France | 1 SEPT 2012
11: BASILIQUE of Lourdes is the largest Catholic pilgrimage destination in France, and one of the most popular Catholic shrines in the world. Lourdes lies 497 miles south of Paris in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains.
12: The Basilica’s bells play the “Ave Maria of Lourdes."
13: Sanctuary of Our Lady | THE SANCTUARY of our Lady of Lourdes incorporates 52 hectares of property and 22 places of worship, including the sacred grotto, two basilicas, and a variety of buildings for pilgrims and the sick. Outside the sanctuary, many pilgrims also visit the Lourdes home of the young visionary, St. Bernadette. The facade of the basilica bears a circular panel with the image of Pope Pius X smiling and holding in his left hand the decree of November 13, 1907, by which the Mass of the Apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes was extended to the Universal Church. Larry and I were able to attend mass at both the lower and upper levels of the cathedral. The service was in French but we tried to make out of what was said best as we could.
15: Our trip to Lourdes has been amazing!! The locals are as warm and nice as expected. We've been able to visit all of the places here and took home a few souvenirs. The food and the company was fantastic! Lourdes has been one of our favorite sight seeing spots and we loved being able to go to their service even though we couldn't understand.
16: sight seeing | LOURDES
17: ~ DOWNTOWN ~ Shopping Lourdes was a new experience for us both. They had everything from food to religious souvenir's.
18: Saint-Émilion's history goes back to prehistoric times and is a World Heritage site, with fascinating Romanesque churches and ruins stretching all along steep and narrow streets. The Romans planted vineyards in what was to become Saint-Émilion as early as the 2nd century. In the 4th century, The Latin poet Ausonius lauded the fruit of the bountiful vine. The town was named after the monk Émilion, a travelling confessor, who settled in a hermitage carved into the rock there in the 8th century. It was the monks who followed him that started up the commercial wine production in the area. Larry also found a 69 Mustang parked right in front of us. Who what of thought! | ST. EMILION
20: Saint Emilion is a display of the Romanesque architecture and an architectural style of Medieval Europe characterized by semi-circular arches. Saint-Emilion is also the oldest wine area of the Bordeaux region. Saint Emilion wines are considered the most robust of the Bordeaux. They are generous, very colored, and reach their maturity quicker than other red Bordeaux. We both sat in the "courtyard" shown to the left for some drinks.
22: ~CLOITRE DES CORDELIERS~ Franciscans following the precepts of Francis of Assisi. This term was given to them during the seventh crusade, because of their clothes made of coarse cloth and a rope belt. While they originally lived outside the city of Saint-Emilion, the monks were authorized by the Pope in 1338 to establish their convent in the city. The Cordeliers cloister was built at that time. In 1383, King Richard II of England gave its definitely buildable parcel. Four centuries, until the French Revolution of 1789, the Franciscans occupied the site which then had a church, the entrance courtyard, a winery, a winery, a wine cellar, a garden and a main building with six rooms . At the end of the nineteenth century, the owners had the idea of using the basements to make the winery and cellars. A practice now sublimated, that is to CORDELIERS offer both a magical and sparkling unique.1957.
24: Farewell St. Emilion... until next time....
26: Castlenaud historical monument in 1966, overlooking the Dordogne valley and offers a magnificent panorama of the sites Beynac and La Roque Gageac Marqueyssac. Open to the public since 1985, this castle is entirely devoted to the art of war in the Middle Ages. Enjoy our large collection of weapons and armor, large furniture, reconstructions of his engines of war size. In addition to models, to better understand audiovisual modes of attack and defense of a medieval castle. Rossillon family property, the castle has received three major campaigns of restoration.
28: This Castle is Amazing!
31: Castlenaud was such a fun Castle to visit. You can sense a bit of how it must have been and their way of life back then.
32: Castle Beynac | Dordogne, France
34: CASTLE BEYNAC, (one of the four baronies of Périgord) The first unquestionable mention of the castle dates back to 1115 when Maynard de Beynac undertook the building of a mighty fortress around the former keep on the plateau. In 1194, Adhémar de Beynac returned from the Crusades and died without direct descendants. This inspired Richard the Lionheart, with his title of Duke of Aquitaine (and direct suzerain), to claim the stronghold and, having succeeded in doing so, entrusted it to his lieutenant Mercadier. The latter was feared throughout the region as a result of his mobs which pillaged the villages of Périgord on behalf on the English.
36: Chateau de la Brede
37: The castle's construction began in 1306 upon the ruins of an earlier edifice. Remodeled from the Renaissance on, it has conserved the character of a fortress, with its atypical polygonal shape, which is reflected in the waters of the surrounding wide moats. The castle is accessible by three drawbridges, which today have been replaced by three wooded walkways allowing one to cross the carp-filled moats.
38: Montesquieu | It is here in this castle, on January 18 1689, that Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brede and of Montesquieu, more commonly known as Montesquieu, was born. Quite attached to the family castle of La Brede, Montesquieu spent many hours in his room, where he edited part of his text "The Spirit of the Laws" (l'Esprit de Lois), and in the library.
39: This 216 square meter vaulted room holds several thousand works from Montesquieu's era. In 1994, the Countess Jacqueline de Chabannes made a grant to the municipal library of Bordeaux of the totality of the manuscripts and works still conserved in the library, in order to preserve the unity of this valuable collection.
40: MANY ROOMS | The discovery of many rooms, entirely furnished, the antechamber, the salon, the secretaries' rooms as well as that of Montesquieu's wife, the chapel, Countess Jacqueline de Chabannes' salon and the emblematic spaces in which Montesquieu worked such as his room conserved as it was in the XVIIth century and his library, which will lead you to know the writer.
42: Maison Forte Reignac Castle
45: MAISON FORTE | de Reignac | in the Perigord
48: CAP FERRET Cap Ferret is a small sandy peninsula that just south from the Medoc 30 miles west of Bordeaux, part of the vast sea of sand dunes and pine trees that carpets the coast and hinterland of Aquitaine. To the east is a lovely bay, Bassin d’Arcachon, all glittering blue water and antique yachts. To the west, a third of a mile across the peninsula is the beach, mile after mile of wave-lashed Cote Atlantique, surfers and skimboarders (the latest retro craze) splashing through some of the cleanest waters in Europe. A few old Nazi fortifications (covered with graffiti) are tumbling into the Bay of Biscay; there is a campaign to save them from the waves as they form part — albeit a rather unpopular one — of France’s heritage. We had a blast!!!
50: Biscarrosse Biscarrosse stands on an area of the coast where ancient dunes are present and were elaborated in the 4th millennium BC. No matter where they are from, La Teste, Biscarrosse, Bias or St Julien, those woody dunes, since the antiquity, are called mountains . It is hardly surprising that the first inhabitants named Biscarrosse, the place where there are hills, this site that must have stood from the wide surrounding plain.
52: BISCARROSSEE, FRANCE As for the spelling, the logic would want us to write Biscar followed by the suffix Osse , Biscarosse . Nevertheless, the common use revealed the written form Biscarrosse which correspond to the several matching namesdesign in 1957. | BISCARROSSE
55: This tower was built in the 15th C and crowned with a steeple but it has always remained separate from Saint-André Cathedral. From the top, there is a panoramic view of the town, if you can manage the 229 steps up the narrow staircase and don't hit your head on the door which is a low as it is narrow! Blessed Pey Berland (or Peyberland, from Pierre Berland; c. 1380 – January 1458) was the Archbishop of Bordeaux from 1430 until his abdication, during a pivotal time in the history of the city and of Gascony. During his tenure, the city of Bordeaux remained staunchly faithful to the King of England in the last phase of the Hundred Years' War, but the French took the city in 1451. | Tour Pey Berland
56: ST. ANDRE CATHERAL The cathedral was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096. Of the original Romanesque edifice, only a wall in the nave remains. The Royal Gate is from the early 13th century, while the rest of the construction is mostly from the 14th-15th centuries. The building is a national monument of France. In this church in 1137 the 13 year old Eleanor of Aquitaine married the future Louis VII, a few months before she became Queen.
58: SAINT ANDRE CATHEDRAL A separate bell tower, the Tour Pey-Berland, is next to the cathedral. | ST. ANDRE
59: ST. ANDRE cathedral at Bordeaux is an imposing Gothic edifice located in the heart of the capital of Aquitaine.
60: was our temporary home here in France. We were 5 minutes away from Larry's work. We stayed at the Quality Inn which was nice except for the night we got locked out of our room, and couldn't find the laundrymats. Our favorite place for Pizza was right down the street. It's called Pizza Pai. You get your own 14" pizza. And they love their water. It is served everywhere in wine glasses. Carrefour is the "Wal-mart" of Europe and they're all over. They carried clothes, food, tons of cheeses and even electronics. We had such a fun and exciting experience! It has been the trip of our life-time. Larry works hard in the aircraft industry and we both thank Dassault Falcon for giving Larry the opportunity to work in a different country and me the opportunity to just go. We thank God for everything! | MERIGNAC
62: Quick is the "McDonalds" here in France. You can get similar foods except the french fries are authentic. Our favorite bread place, Le Fournil. He makesthe best bread in town. We know!
63: MERIGNAC | food & drinks