A town named after a saint that was never canonized. A church carved in to one large rock. Wine stores on every corner and vineyards as far as the eye can see. Wow! Saint-Émilion!

Château Saint Ahon

We wanted to get out of Bordeaux to see at least one vineyard but wine tasting and driving don’t mix so renting a car was out. And we aren’t the type of travelers that enjoy large tours on a schedule. So, tram or train?

Fête le Vin 2018 (Bordeaux Wine Festival)

It is the week of the Bordeaux Wine Festival – Fête le Vin 2018!! Wine tasting, parades, a ferris wheel, tall ships, street artists and more wine! How could you not have a good time!

Bordeaux, France

We have arrived in Bordeaux, the world’s major wine industry capital. This first week we thought we would concentrate on the many outstanding churches in Bordeaux. Next week……the Bordeaux Wine Festival!

Narbonne, France

Travelling by train to Bordeaux we had to stop in the lovely French town of Narbonne. We absorbed as much as we could with only 22 hours before our onward journey. We certainly were tempted to stay longer.


We have often said we wanted to visit Pensacola, Florida but that has not yet happened. Instead we find ourselves on a Regional Express train heading north to Peñíscola, Spain to celebrate our anniversary. What a wonderful few days we had.

Albufera Natural Park

Everyone we know in Valencia has been telling us that we had to visit Albufera. Separated from the salty Mediterranean Sea by only a narrow strip of land, Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary less than 7 miles south of the city of Valencia. An easy day trip by bus for 1,50 Euros each…

The History of Silk in Valencia

We initially did not understand that there are two separate sites promoting Valencia’s historical silk industry. One is the The Lonja de la Seda, or Silk Exchange, used as the center for commerce in the silk trade, the second is the Silk Museum.

The Town and Castle of Xàtiva

We decided to branch out this week and take a train to the town of Xàtiva in the province of Valencia. Catching a train from the city seems easy enough but there are always those little details that come back to bite you – little details that locals take for granted, but are missing from…

Lladro, Botanical Gardens and Museums

This week we visited the Lladro Boutique and Factory. Wow! Their figurines are just simply beautiful. We also walked another 25 miles or so trying to catch the last few sites of Valencia before we head off on new adventures. With our anniversary coming up (special plans), a trip to Bordeaux, France and then more…