Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bonjour la France!

I've been slacking on writing again....I promise I'll try to do better in the coming weeks, especially with the holiday cooking/baking season kicking into high gear.  In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos from my recent trip to France where I went on the anti-Atkins diet and consumed more baguettes and croissants in 9 days than one would think was possible!  YUM!  Don't worry, I washed it all down with plenty of red wine...

So, a little about the visit...  I went to Bordeaux for a few days to visit some friends.  We went to 3 Chateaus in a little town about 40 minutes outside of Bordeaux called St. Emilion.  It was the cutest freaking town....if you ever get the opportunity - go!  We visited Chateau Franc Mayne, Chateau Mauvinon and Chateau Gaudet.  Franc Mayne had the most interesting tour through their caves, which are actually old mines from when limestone was being excavated to build the surrounding towns.  Very cool.  The following day we visited one more, just on the outskirts on the city, called Chateau Pape Clement - this was definitely the most chi-chi of them all. The owner of this one owns 36 others around the world!  After Bordeaux I headed up to Paris for the first time ever...such a gorgeous city, I'll definitely be going back.  Anyway, let’s get to the point - the pictures - enjoy!

Bordeaux - obviously this is wine country...

Fall is starting to settle in on the vines

Yes, that says 1893

**NOTE**  You can click on any of the pictures to make them bigger.