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Wine, waves and song

Wine, waves and song Sunday on an island. The sun shining on the flora, the fauna and the estuary of the Gironde with its beautiful light. A gentle wind wafts the sound of music across the vines. A “Grand Cru” red wine flatters the palette. A veritable moment in paradise. Like the Renoir painting “Le déjeuner sur l’herbe”. That’s how it was last Sunday at the Île Margaux which is a privately-owned property not open the public...
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The Cordouan Lighthouse

Cordouan We visited the tourist office in Soulac to check on forthcoming events and, although it was Autumn we noticed that it was still possible to take the boat to the Cordouan Lighthouse, as we had guests, this was brilliant news. The times of the visit varies as it is linked to the tides, our trip was to be in three days time at 10am. So, lets hope the weather would improve because on the day of the booking it seemed like a force 10 wind was coming off the sea, ideal for the wind surfers but not for our land-lubber guests...
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Royan Market

Royan Market The weather forecast for Saturday was mixed, so we decided to leave weeding the garden and visit the market in Royan, living in the Medoc the journey is quite easy. We caught the morning ferry from Le Verdon as foot passengers (3€ each way) and enjoyed sitting in the warm sunshine on an outside deck for the 20minute crossing. Most visitors to this area think of Royan as a ferry crossing point only...
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The Tour de France comes to Médoc - a personal view

Tour de France After years of watching the Tour de France a personal ambition of seeing a stage of this great race was realised this year as the final time trial came to the Medoc Region on the 24th July. We are privileged to be a member of the St Vivien community spending as much time as possible in France while the remaining time in Britain for work commitments. The opportunity to take a day off house renovations to see first hand the race was an opportunity not to be missed...
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Hollywood in the Médoc

Hollywood in the Médoc The highest tide coefficient of the year in March 2015 resulted in an exceptionally low tide, a good time for a trip to La Negade , Amélie near Soulac, which provided the rarely seen spectacle of much of the exposed wreck of the USA ship Hollywood. On 29 November 1945, this American liner registered under number 2220527 (home port of Los Angeles) came aground off the coast of the Médoc 1.5 Miles to the South West of Soulac sur Mer...
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