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Day 8 – Logrono to Blaye

Do not believe Google Map for a second. 4 hours it said, no problem it said. Yeah. 7 hours and $50 in tolls and untold years of our combined lifespan due to a combination of navigating the Pyrenees Mountains and mad French drivers later…


Our first meal in France consisted of cold carrot quiche and watery creme caramel in a truck stop… Not an auspicious start (the coffee wasn’t bad).

We checked into our accommodation in Blaye (50km North of the city of Bordeaux). Beautiful apartment. The epitomony of French elegance. Bloody shame it’s up 52 of the skinniest spirals stairs ever.

The day did however improve when we took our lives in our hands to stagger down said staircase in search of sustanace (and alcohol).

Stumbled across a little restaurant and pigged out on baked Brie, confit duck with foie gras, and the best creme brûlée either of us have ever had. Paired with a great little Bordeaux from the right bank out of Bourg. It was Merlot dominant backed up by lovely Cabernet. Eminently drinkable at 2 euro a glass.

Off to Bordeaux tomorrow to check out the Cit du Vin. 

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