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overcast 19 °C

PHEW! We made it to Saint-Emilion! Airplane, bus, high-speed train and car rental, 19 hours later, we’re at Chateau La Confession, in Saint Emilion. Flight was pretty good but we had to deplane away from the main terminal and get bussed over. However, that delay meant our luggage was ready on the belt when we got thru customs - piece of cake.
The bus ride from Charles de Gaulle airport normally should take about 55 minutes. We were almost 2 hours! There were three spots within the city with strikes happening. The French seem to be a strike-happy people. We got to Gare Montparnasse with moments to spare to get on the train to Bordeaux.

Once on the train, we found out that the earlier train that day had been cancelled due to strikes. It felt like we were in a scene from Harry Potter - the train was filled with Ireland supporters for the Euro Cup - a little rowdy but overall pretty good. The side had played Monday in Paris and their fans were travelling to Lyon for the next match. However, the TGV was jam-packed! We actually stood for the whole 3+ hours - but that was truly welcome after sitting so long on plane & bus.
Once in Bordeaux, it took awhile to find the car rental desks because the whole train station & area around are under construction. But we were set and made our way to the chateau. (Mary Ann is very fortunate with a part-time job - the owner of Megalomaniac is also part owner of this chateau and the guest suite was made available for our trip!)
A little exploring in the UNESCO-rated town - visit to a boulangerie, a boucherie & a grocery store for breakfast supplies, then dinner at a little spot in town - time to call it a night. We’ll explore the town and a few chateau’s tomorrow.
Strikes? Yes - they sure impacted our travel, but like contestants on the Amazing Race, we reached our final destination.
Wine? YES - a glass of rose with dinner and some generous Bordeaux at the chateau.

A bientôt!

Mary Ann & Alena

Posted by otisandma 00:41 Archived in France Tagged planes trains travel automobiles strikes

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