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November 19, 2022

A day at Le Port of Vannes !!!

This is a beautiful lively area of my capital city. I always come by here even for a walk. Most of the businesses that we patronize are close by and today was no exception. Let me tell you a bit more on the Le Port of Vannes !!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

Vannes le port marina boats canal nov22

Popular with locals and visitors alike boaters and tourists thanks to its location in the heart of the city, the Marina is equipped with many facilities: harbormaster cultural kiosk, tourist office, green area  and underground parking le Port. If you want to see lively action in Vannes ,you need to come here day or night. 

Vannes le port capitanairie et resto breizh on canal nov22

Vannes le port tourist office on canal nov22

This time was not a happy moment thus, My Dad Elio had a recurrant on his cerebral infactus or AVC Cerebrale and is in coma at the CHBA hospital of Vannes. The doctor tells me he is fighting and improving a bit but still too early, more tests next week. A loving father and grandfather that I had the priviledge to have and take care as my mom asked me to do before she left this world in 2007. Now its all up to God. I will stay home with my 3 sons.

As we had taken reservation to eat out at Don Camilo but due to my Dad entering the hospital was cancelled, we were by there today so stop by without reservation for lunch and ok even took our dog Rex in ! Don Camilo 22 rue du Port is one of the first restaurants we visited when moved into the area but it has been a few years off, We were glad to be back with the same fast friendly service and great food.

Vannes Don Camilo pizzeria dining room to port nov22

Vannes Don Camilo pizzeria dining room nov22

We had our Campione pizzas (ground beef chorizo eggs cream onions, lardons etc) with banana splits desserts and a bottle of Italian Montepulciano d’Abruzzo red 2020 very nice, or for 25,25 euros per person,worth it. No web, RestaurantGuru reviews: https://restaurantguru.com/Don-Camillo-Vannes

Vannes Don Camilo pizzeria Montepulciano d'abruzzo red 2020 red nov22

The passeport escales on ports and with le Port of Vannes: https://www.passeportescales.com/fr/acces-vannes

The city of Vannes on the Porthttps://www.mairie-vannes.fr/le-port-et-la-place-gambetta

The local Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on Vanneshttps://www.golfedumorbihan.co.uk/explore/meet-the-exceptionnal/visit-vannes/

There you go folks,could have been my usual happy post but is not. As said, the blog is my life’s history all of it, ups and downs, good and not so good . This is another test of endurance and I will win as always with now the support of my wonderful 3 young men . Hope you enjoy the Le Port of Vannes and do visit it, worth the detour, recommended.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

November 19, 2022

A re visit to Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil !!!

I come to the end of my road warrior trip, and again I needed to stop by Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil ,in the department 37 Indre et Loire of the beautiful Centre Val de Loire region. This one is a familar one as been here a couple times for the wines but had time to see some. This time was again invited to the property open house , and could not say no. As was doing my road warrior visits in the department 37 planned perfectly on our way back to stop by the open house of Vignobles la Rodaie again.  These again proves the choices are endless and each time we enjoy a bit more of my belle France. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil.  Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Dom Cousseau-Boireau wines side open house nov22

 I was invited again to an open house of one of our favorite house wines in the wonderful wine town of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. Therefore , again, we could not refuse!!! As said , we planned our road warrior trip to stop by here on the way back home. The town is 293 km from my house. A few years back while attending our now favorite salon de la gastronomie et vins in Vannes,(see posts)  we met a couple owners of EARL Cousseau-Boireau from La Rodaie neighborhood of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. It has been an ever increasing good relationship. They have even delivered themselves to our house!!! 

In the open house, again we met Le Canard Roi direct from the farm of  114 Montquartier, Vivy 49680 Maine et Loire dept 49 , no web, and got our magret de canard and aiguillettes de canard,and rillettes de canard or duck by able men Pascal ! Delicious!! We met again, the wonderful red Chinon Vignobles du Pressoir, Daguet family and able Julien where we got our Tradition fruity red grenat pleasant in the mouth ! They are at Le Pressoir, Panzoult 37220.no web but shown in the Val de Loire wines webpage: https://www.vinsvaldeloire.fr/fr/domaine/manoir-du-pressoir.  We took this time the Le Fumoir de Maryse with great saucisson sec and cow milk cheese passing on the salmon, They have a Facebook page :https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057550003901 .  And we took home a Vouvray brut sparkler from Martine and Jean-Louis Rougebec, more on them here:  https://www.vintouraine.com/domaine/domaine-jean-louis-rougebec/

And of course , our reason to be there the Cousseau-Boireau vinyards . Heck, here we tried them all again. Starting with our favorite Tradition 2021 vintage, nice again and great price/quality ratio. We tried a new one done by the daughter and son in law as continuation of the tradition, that looks very promising. We got a case of each!  The wine town of Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil showcasing the property and a picture of the owners Christel and Claudine :https://stnicolasdebourgueil.fr/en/vignerons/vignoble-de-la-rodaie/

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Dom Cousseau-Boireau wines entr open house nov22

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Dom Cousseau-Boireau wines bibs open house nov22

Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Dom Cousseau-Boireau wines stock open house nov22

A bit of background on the wines of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil appellation follows the contours of the eponymous town. The vineyard is located on the borders of Touraine and Anjou, on the high terrace of the right bank of the Loire river. Cabernet Franc dominates, and only Cabernet Sauvignon is tolerated within the limit of 10% of the grape variety. The sandy-gravelly soils, with a clay bottom with some clay-limestone slopes, give gourmet and fresh wines, with lively notes of flowers, raspberries and cherries that will brighten up your table.

There you go folks, always nice to be back in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. There is so much to see here and so much architecture and history in the valley of the kings of France! And with great wines too; I am king here too. Hope you enjoy my return to Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

November 19, 2022

A re visit to Bourgueil !!!

I am coming to the end of my road warrior trips, and again I needed to stop by Bourgueil ,in the department 37 Indre et Loire of the beautiful Centre Val de Loire region. This one is a familar one as been here a couple times for the wines but had time to see some. This time was no exception and was able to re visit the Church Saint Germain that was in renovation on the exterior and the halles or covered market. These again proves the choices are endless and each time we see a bit more of my belle France. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of Bourgueil.  Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The town of Bourgueil is located in the Indre-et-Loire department 37 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. It is located in the heart of the Loire-Anjou-Touraine regional natural park. The town is located in the Touraine Angevine, formerly the province of Anjou. It is at 20 km from Saumur and 12 km from Chinon as well as 301 km from my house.

The Church Saint-Germain has a Romanesque nave contrasting with a Gothic choir. The choir was rebuilt in the 13C in the Plantagenêt style. The front door was renovated in the 12C. It is a rectangle whose vaults rest on four monolithic columns. The keystones are decorated with bas-relief and painting. The old 11C nave was rebuilt in 1888. However, the church was recorded as early as 1002 by a papal bull of Pope Sylvester III. 

Bourgueil ch Saint Germain belltower nov22

The bell tower dates from the beginning of the 12C, it is Romanesque, it is pierced by two semicircular bays on each side.  The original gable is still visible, it is composed of small stones forming a reticule.  The nave as a whole was restored and the side aisles redone by 1887-1888. The Choir comprises three naves of three bays, it is an example of Angevine architecture from the end of the 12C. The arches of the vaults rest on four columns forming a square and surmounted by carved capitals. The keystones and those of the doubleaux are decorated with sculpted figures.  Outside, the corbels bear sculptures of the heads of grotesque figures.

Bourgueil ch Saint Germain nave to altar pulpit nov22

The Halles or covered market constitute the heart of the city, they are surrounded by the main shops and services of the city center. On its south side, the building of the old city/town hall is attached to it, it is from the beginning of the 19C and overlooks the north side of the Saint Germain Church. Les Halles were rebuilt at the beginning of the 19C on the site of an earlier halle. Bourgueil market has long been known to be one of the most important in Touraine.

Bourgueil covered market halles front nov22

Bourgueil covered market halles side nov22

The city of Bourgueil on its heritage: https://www.bourgueil.fr/patrimoine-2/

The Touraine Valley of the Loire tourist office on Bourgueil heritage trailshttps://www.touraineloirevalley.co.uk/natural-heritage/patrimonial-trails-of-bourgueil-bourgueil/

There you go folks, always nice to be back in Bourgueil. There is so much to see here and so much architecture and history in the valley of the kings of France! And with great wines too; I am king here too. Hope you enjoy my return to Bourgueil as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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