Labastide d’Armagnac to Bordeaux

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Our drive from Labastide to Bordeaux was relatively easy. But driving onto the center of a city is always a challenge. We are staying at a hotel in a great location right in the city center. The hotel had told us that we needed to book a parking spot at a parking garage in advance. We booked and paid yesterday so that when we found the entrance to the underground parking garage we just needed to show our QR code to get in. From there it was about a ten minute walk to the hotel.

In Bordeaux walking to the hotel.

After checking in we went for a walk. Bordeaux is beautiful.

Bordeaux
Bordeaux

We stopped for a break at a sidewalk cafe.

Afternoon wine.

I have said this before but our dinner was perhaps the best of the trip. Coincidentally we are at Bistro Reno!

We had dinner at Bistro Réno
Salmon gravlax with quinoa to start
Octopus and potatoes for the main dish
A Madeleine with fresh figs, berries and raspberry sorbet for desert.

Labastide d’Armagnac – 30 September 2021

We are staying two nights at La Villa de Remparts. Our host there, Bertrand Garry Folzant makes beautiful kimonos.

It was really nice not to have to pack up and move on this morning. At breakfast our host recommended several places in the area that we might want to visit. We chose two and they turned ou to be fantastic.

Our first stop was the ruins of the Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac. The ruins of the Villa owned by a wealthy Roman were found in 1860 during the building of a farm. The site has been excavated and extensive mosaic floors have been discovered.

Mosaic floor in Roman Villa at Séviac
Mosaic floor in Roman Villa at Séviac

While we were at the site the farmer in the field next door was harvesting his grapes. we got a close up view of the grape harvester at work.

Harvesting grapes
The vine before the harvester went through
A vine after being harvested

From Séviac we drove to the Abbey of Flaran. On the way we stopped for a picnic lunch next to a village church.

Lunch

Flaran is a Cistercian Abbey initially built in the twelve century. In addition to touring the abbey we got to visit the art collection housed in what was the monk’s dormitory. The collection included a couple of works by Monet and one by Cezanne among others but the highlight for us was the collection of works by a painter I was not familiar with, Ken Paine. There were at least 50 portraits done by him. They were powerful and intense. I very much enjoyed seeing them.

Cloisters

For dinner we drove about three miles from where we were staying in Labastide-d’Armagnac to the next village, Saint Justin. We had an excellent dinner at a restaurant called Le Cadet de Gascogne.

Le Cadet de Gascogne
Salmon Gravlax appetizer
Pork filet mignon with mushroom gravy and stuffing
Chocolate fondant