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European Road Trip: Bordeaux (pt 1)

Thursday, November 12, 2009
After a successful visit to Paris, our four travellers headed to Bordeaux, capital of the Aquitaine area in the south-west of France. Famous for its wines, it also has splendid Gothic cathedrals and 18th-century mansions. If you love history, wine and cycling, this is the place.

Quartier Saint-Eloi is a beautiful area and is the place of the old town hall's Great Bell. The town hall is now elsewhere but the bell remains and is a symbol of the city.

Bordeaux has 116,000 hectares of vineyards, 57 appellations, 10,000 wine-producing chateaus and 13,000 grape growers. Annual wine production is around 850 million bottles. The region produces quaffing wines right through to some of the world's most expensive vintages.

Wine lovers drool at the chance of seeing some of the world's oldest and most respected wine-producing chateaus: Lafite Rothschild, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux, Latour and Haut-Brion. Their vintages are way beyond most people's budget, but it's always interesting to see where these superlative wines come from.

Château de Beauregard is an elegant 19th-century bourgeois mansion on 2.5 hectares of grounds. It has 10 bedrooms, each named after a great French writer. Modern comforts have been added to traditional rooms. The south-facing rose garden has a pool and barbecue and the old stables have been converted into a spa. Guests are treated to a bath infused with donkey's milk.

The restaurant Auberge d'Antan has rediscovered the flavours of days gone by with cuisine prepared over an open fire.

In the same wooded park, the former hunting lodge has been transformed into accommodation for up to six people.

Château du Cros produces exceptional quality wines and is a charming place to visit and do tastings. The present owner's grandfather acquired the domain from the Count de la Chassaigne, a 16th-century philosopher, in 1921. The 90-hectare vineyard overlaps Loupiac and Sainte-Croix-du-Mont. You will not only learn about the wines but before you leave, you'll know a little more about local history. A fortress hidden in trees on a ridge is associated with Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart.

There are affordable tasting options around Bordeaux, and it's a good idea to take one of the many tours available with a local and knowledgeable guide.

Canoeing and kayaking down the Dordogne River is a special thing to do. You drift gently passed Beynac, La Roque-Gageac and other small villages in beautiful sections of the river seen only when you're on it. Boat and equipment hire is good value, and along the way there are plenty of places for a picnic and a swim. There is good accommodation to suit all budgets, and it is quite possibly a place you will want to linger.

Location

Bordeaux in France's south-west.

Cost

Château de Beauregard Traditional Rooms start at around $100 a night and Prestige Suites around $300.

Prices correct at November 12, 2009.

For further information

Château de Beauregard
Avenue de la Résistance
09200 St-Girons
Ariège-Pyrénées
France
Ph: +33 5 6166 6664
Fax: +33 5 3414 0793

Chateau du Cros
Loupiac 33410
France
Ph: +33 5 5662 9931
www.chateauducros.com
contact@chateauducros.com

Visas: No visas are required for stays up to three months.

Electricity: 220V at 50Hz and European two-pin plugs are standard.

Time zone: GMT+2.

Currency: The euro.

International dialling code: +33.

User comments
I will not be watching getaway while these 4 morons spoil the show. They are painfull, narcisistic and just a waste of viewing time. If this is the best example of young-uns travelling, I feel sorry for that generation. I want to see a quality travel program. Not some kiddie version these try hards are *** onto our screens. When they've either finished travelling, or killed themselves, I may watch again! Ciao!
back off! what did she ever do to be considered "utterly moronic and useless"...are you watching the same show i'm watching? i hope she doesn't have to read that pathetic comment below...because i did and it was a waste of time. GO CJ!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
i cant believe someone as utterly moronic and useless as CJ won a trip as cool as this! they should have given it to someone with a personality and some semblance of intelligence
We are thoroughly enjoying the travels of this group of 4. They are so natural and refreshing and obviously enjoying their experience, we almost feel like we are travelling with them. Looking forward to next week and Pamploma.
i agree with the below comment. will there be a second series? better be with courtney and cj!
Firstly good on you for making this show. I travelled around europe last year in a van, and this has made me want to do it all over again!! for those people who are winging and moaning about this segment, open your eyes!!! Whilst i was overseas i encountered more Aussies than any other nationality and these people are believe me representative of the usual person i met along the way! if anything they are more willing to experience the whole experiece, not the usual bogan aussie that goes to Europe and gets drunk starts fights and doesnt see anything beyond the unimaginative contiki or Fanatics tour!!! Europe is supposed to inspire change, growth and an ability to learn about your self and experience the world outside the "bubble" of Australia!! so for all you wingers get a life and get to you know your real young Australians and stop giving these awesome guys a hard time about one or to comments that dont agree with you!! keep it up
getaway please make a second series of this show with courtney and cj, they are so cool,and i love watching.
How stupid can these kids be - and to say nothing for channel nine who aired these young kids, who did not know better but should have known that jumping off that bridge is inviting tragic outcomes - if not for them - other 18 somehting year olds who think if they did it i can and all will be right! Well, let me tell you, go have a look at the icu wards and the old peoples homes that are full of kids, having a lark and ending up as para or worse quadraplegics. The outcome is not fun for family nor friends. What was aired was nothing more than stupid on the part of nine and dumb from those kids. Get it right channel nine - kids look up to your program and now what are they thinking.......

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