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Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

After leaving Roanoke we headed out to Appomattox Court House National Historical Park. The park is relatively small, very impressive and (of course) commemorates the surrender of the South and the end of the 4 years of U.S. Civil War.  The U.S. Civil War was arguably the world’s first modern war. People often forget just […]

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Off to Roanoke, VA

It’s been a while. Still recovering from 7 weeks in Bordeaux, and getting things up to date at home. But we are on the road again. For a weekend trip we headed out to Roanoke VA. Among other things we wanted to travel along the Skyline Drive, see more of the Shenandoah Valley and finally, […]

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Wrapping it Up in France

Well, it’s about time to wrap up the trip to Bordeaux. The last few days we were very lucky to be accompanied by glorious weather as well as our friends Sally and Michael. Fittingly enough, at least as far as we were concerned, we spent the end of our trip in St Emilion and Medoc […]

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Bordeaux & Visitors from England

As our trip to Bordeaux was drawing to a close, our good friends Sally and Michael Oxlade, from the time we lived in England, flew down to Bordeaux to join us. We spent the next several days catching up, tasting wines at various vineyards and touring around.  After meeting in Bordeaux, the next morning  we […]

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Sunday in Bordeaux

We had beautiful weather during our day trip to Cognac. The next day, Sunday, was also very nice in Bordeaux. We hiked over to to the Basilica (Basilique Saint-Seurin) for the 9:00 AM Mass which was, of course, all in French.  The building of the Basilique Saint-Seurin de Bordeaux (Basilica of Saint Severinus in English) […]

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A Day Trip to Cognac

After a mildly harrowing week, five of us set off for a guided tour of Cognac. The guide picked us up at our hotel and we drove off on our way to Cognac. It’s a pleasant drive of about an hour and a half through the French countryside, similar to the drive to the Médoc […]

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Hanging Out in Bordeaux

This week—during the week—we’ve been kind of hanging out in Bordeaux and going to French class. Among other things we took a couple of boat rides up and down the Garrone river where we could get a view of some of the bridges that cross the river including the Stone Bridge that we cross every […]

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In The Dordogne Valley

Along with Gerry Ponto we went took a train ride out to Sarlat in the French countryside for a weekend visit. Sarlat, in the Dordogne valley, has a reputation for being a stunningly beautiful village. It is undoubtedly that, and much more. Sarlat is surrounded by other beautiful and picturesque villages, complete with medieval castles […]

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In the ‘Hood

The last few days saw us taking several walks around the neighborhood where we are staying in Bordeaux. We also took a trip up to the Médoc Region where we—you guessed it—did a little more wine tasting. First: the ‘hood. We are staying at the Adagio Hotel while we are in Bordeaux. It’s kind of an […]

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