The weather today was beautiful. We wandered around St-Emilion for a while until we found a place for coffee. The sun coming up and shining on the yellow stone buildings was pretty spectacular.
We broke up the drive to St-Junien with a picnic lunch.
We arrived in St-Junien too early to check in to our Hôtes Chambres. The reason for our stop in St-Junien is to visit the nearby martyred village of Oradour sur Glane. On June 10, 1944 the Nazi SS murdered the entire village, men women and children, 643 people. The village has been preserved as a memorial exactly as it was in 1944. Allison and I visited Oradour in 2004 but Duke hadn’t been there before. It is a disturbing place to visit but a powerful and very necessary place to visit.
We are staying at Le Clos de la Muse a Chambres de Hôtes. The mural on the wall is Monet inspired. The building was built in the eighteenth century.
This morning it was pouring rain when we went out for breakfast. First we went to see the Porte Cailhau, one of the gateways of the city then we found a place for breakfast.
Then it was back to the hotel, pack up and walk to the car park. Thank goodness we have good raincoats.
We drove to the Cité du Vin museum. It was a perfect day to learn more about wine and wine history.
At the top of the museum we gat a taste of wine and a wonderful view.
The drive from Bordeaux to Saint-Emilion took less than an hour. Saint-Emilion is a picturesque old village full of wine shops. We are staying in a very nice chambre de hôtes over a wine shop, Hôtes de Saint-Emilion.
We ate at L’Huitrier Pie a gourmet restaurant right next door to where we are staying. It is a Michelin listed restaurant so it is difficult to compare it to other restaurants where we have eaten. Each dish was a work of art, the taste combinations in each bite were complex and the service was perfect.