Short break in Aquitaine

Having our friends K&P visiting us in Carcassonne gave us the incentive to discover a little more some not too far away places.

This time we are heading west to the Atlantic coast and the Aquitaine region.

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Day 1: We arrived early afternoon in Arcachon. We checked in our lovely T Boutique Hotel:

and then went on for a long walk to discover part of the town

Stopped for a well deserved drink and a plate of charcuterie in a new brasserie called “Le Bordeaux” across the street from the railway station.

On the way back to the hotel and walking along the seafront, we spotted a very pleasant restaurant where we are going to head off to for dinner.

Despite the pouring down rain, we made it back to the aforementioned restaurant. I of course had to have my fill of sea food.

Day 2: Not too early a start.  A very short drive down a few blocks to grab a cup of coffee for breakfast and do a bit of shopping. My friend P was wanting and did succeed to picked small local specialities in order to fill her advent calendar which I thought was a very good idea.

We took the opportinity to take a last look at the sea from the pier.

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and we head off out of town. Now one cannot go to Arcachon without having a close look at the famous Pilat Dune.

We made it to the top, a lot harder than what I reed from 25 years ago. Anyway, the view is fantastic especially on a this sunny day.

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Back down was much easier and we head off to our next destination which is 80 kms away. It does nor take long to reach Bordeaux town centre where our hotel is located. I saw a painting of the Hotel les 4 Soeurs in the lobby and could not resist taking a photo. It also shows the bar next door where we had some lunch sitting outside in the sun.

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We spent the afternoon walking miles around the old town, along the river and in the parcs.

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Mid November, temperatures around 20c and beautiful colours in the parcs. Most enjoyable.

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Untypically, we had an excellent dinner / evening in a Spanish restaurant located right in the centre and a few minutes away from our hotel. La Bodega de Bordeaux is a lively place with a very friendly atmosphere.

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A fairly early night

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Day 3: Quite a longer drive today as we wanted to make a detour via the medieval sacredvillage of  Rocamadour. Not my first time there but always quite impressive.

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have to say that it is very quiet at this time of year. Basically all the shops are closed and the same goes for bars and restaurants. We only found a creperie open. It was good enough for a snack and a drink before getting back into the car and head back to Carcassonne.
Made it in time for aperitif and a light dinner followed by fairly large amounts of whisky.

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