Excursion to the sea station of Le Verdon
How often have I looked west on the beach of the Médoc and crossed the horizon with my thoughts - in a steamer to America. So it could have
been to take the wishful thinking from here to the New World, then as now. And this could have been the case back then: I go to Le Verdon to
the Seebahnhof, board the ship after completing all the formalities, busy life on the quay, the chimneys smoking...
The port of Saint Vivien
Saint-Vivien. This is a little corner of the region where you need to get out walking and rambling along the little roads that criss-cross
it, roads smothered in grasses and wild flowers, well-away from the hurly-burly of the Atlantic coast. In and around the village many people
get on their bikes, not only to do a bit of shopping in the centre, post a letter or drink a cup of coffee, but also to go as far as the port
and savour a magic moment admiring the light of this “ little Camargue “...
The Cordouan Lighthouse
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...
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...
The Tour de France comes to Médoc - a personal view
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...
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...