Sauternes : This is about grape…..
Would you like to cycle through one of the most famous regions in the world ? Bordeaux and its renown chateaux are classified Unesco World Heritage. Can you smell the mild air of the small forest cycling roads leading to the Ocean ?
Our trip starts in Bordeaux.
The Garonne is one of the main rivers of France : it runs through Toulouse and Bordeaux, the two main cities of Soutwestern France.
You’ll have a rest in the evening in the fortified city of Saint Macaire
and have a stroll in the narrow cobbled streets…
or have a drink at a café terrace under a shady parasol…
visit this medieval shop selling regional products…
discover architectural treasures…
and enjoy the warmth of the last sunny rays along the walls of the fortifications…
or on the banks of the Garonne
Or unexecpected encounters…
After a good night, ride along a protected road with no cars…
cross one of the largest european forest
among fragrant flowers
If you look up…
… or down…
Cicadas music will be with you all along the way. This smal insect which is emblematic of Southern France, and only sings when the weather is hot enough…
The roads are perfectly waymarked : you will easily find your way thanks to a detailed road book.
You will ride through quiet villages.
A windmill among the vineyards.
Cussol windmill dating from 1730
This domaine belonged to François Mauriac family.
François Mauriac is a famous French writer ( 1885-1970 )
In 1952 , Nobel Prize in Litterature.
Just round the corner on a small road
among the vineyards
The Château de Malromé
famous French painter Toulouse-Lautrec’s Château
He painted numerous canvasses and many posters.
Bordeaux wine is still produced in this Château
The Ciron River.
Marvellous little river
that you will follow at your own pace.
And through the contryside :
Al along the tour you will discover many ancient Châteaux
Le château de Budos
Le château de Villandraut.
Where you can have a rest beneath shady trees.
Sainte-Croix du Mont.
You will always find a place to have a drink or a snack
Then, once in Sauternes, one of the most famous wines in the world,
Sauternes Church among the vineyards
This is the end of the first part of the post :
In the second part you will discover Sauternes and its most famous Châteaux :
Le château Yquem.
and many others
and also the charming tiny ports of the Bassin d’Arcachon
and finally reach the Ocean