Bordeaux - A Westside (Wine)Story

Since last time I wrote, the weather has gotten slightly different, and I have to admit that the "winter" is on it's way. So far, that means rain, and I guess it's fair enough, since it hasen't been raining at all the last 2 months. But no reason to put life on hold for that matter! Since this week-end was combined with two days of holidays, I went to Bordeaux, the wine capital of France in the west. I've been wanting to travel there for a long time, and finally I got the oportunity. Together with one norwegian friend and two friends of he's, we took the train and where ready to act as tourists again. First impression of the city; it was like a mini Paris! However, the city was much bigger than I'd expected, but it had the familiar parisian architecture of Haussmann. Great buildings everywhere, no funny french accent, not over-crowded but still alive. Bordeaux has my vote! Apart from wandering around in the city and profiting from the nightlife, my favourite experience was to visit two wine castles. We got to learn about wine production, see the wineries, and taste of the production in a real wine cellar. Oh what a life, living of wineproduction.

Some winefacts;

- The wineproduction started when the grape plant was introduced by the romans, 2000 years ago.

- In France, wine can be called wine when each bottle contains a maximum of 2 gr. sugar.

- The grape plants are considered to be contributing to top quality wine when they are between 25 and 35 years old.

- Ros wine is made when the skin of the grape is removed early in the production (and is not, as I thought, a mix of red and white wine..beginner mistake!)

All in all, I was very happy to spend some time in a new beautiful french city, the fifht largest in France. And what about everyday life in Montpellier? Even though I enjoy my life here, I realise that it's difficult to build close relationships with people when my policy has been to only speak in french and try to avoid the use of my mothertongue. I do have french friends here who I appreaciate a lot, but I also realise how I miss the people that really know me, back home and around in France. Therefore, I desided to do some travelling in order to see them! I'll go to Paris in two weeks to visit my great friends from Australia. Now I'm finally able to speak french with them - such a fantastic thought! And my dear friend Alice, who I met in Oslo three years ago, she'll get a visit in the beginning of December. I will probably be busy studying for my exams soon, but the great thing is that I'll be practicing french. It's a win-win situation between studies and leasure!^^

Here are some pictures from Bordeaux;

The cathedral

Archacon, costal town close to Bordeaux

Sushi - our favourite!



Wineries!

Chteau Rousselle





This was my second glass, I promise!



Chteau Falfas



Ok, I stole some grapes, but it was off season..

That's all for now from my corner, have a great afternoon! xx




7 kommentarer

01.11.2011 kl.20:50

Wonderful! And through all of this, your English is still very good; I'm impressed! Maybe some day I'll be able to visit you in whatever part of the world that you are currently living... And we'll drink wine, from Bordeaux or ... anywhere else. I'm a non-discriminatory wine drinker.

Thanks for the updates Jeanette. :)

Kathrine

01.11.2011 kl.21:27

S koselig lese bloggen din igjen! Veldig fine bilder som alltid, ser ut som du koste deg p vin-tur! M ha vrt spennende lre om hvordan de produserer vin!

Gleder meg til hre og se mer av ditt franske liv!:D

01.11.2011 kl.22:45

Thanks, but who wrote the first comment?? I would like to know - no reason to be anonymous..:)

Og takk for det Kathrine, koselig hre! Ja det var veldig spennende, fikk ikke med meg alt, men litt:P

Daniel

01.11.2011 kl.23:52

Vi savner deg ogs!!

Gy se ting du har opplevd og steder du har vrt -du vet at du kommer til f rollen som vinekspert ved passende anledninger fra n av? :)

Jeg klarer liksom ikke helt bestemme meg; enten s kler Frankrike deg, eller s kler du Frankrike! Du er i hvert fall i riktig land, det er helt sikkert :D

Gleder meg til se deg igjen, og hre mer om alt du har opplevd!. Ogs vil vi begge gjerne komme en tur nedover og beske deg p vrparten! :)

PS: Jeg har merket at det blir stadig vanskeligere flge deg p Facebook, er liksom noe med sprket der jeg ikke helt henger med p.. :P Det er vel et godt tegn, men er glad for at du skriver engelsk p bloggen din, s kan vi flge med her. Enn s lenge... :)

Helene

02.11.2011 kl.17:25

Fint se at du koste deg p vin-turen! Kan tenke meg det ble litt mer enn to glass vin... ;) Hres ut som turen var vellykket og lrerik, og du kler forresten sushien bedre enn meg ;)

Godt hre at du skal treffe dine nre og kjre snart, da har du masse glede deg til kan jeg tenke meg :)

Love, Helene

Jeanette

02.11.2011 kl.18:57

Daniel!! s koselig med tilbakemelding fra deg, savner deg snn!! Hehe skal prve stille opp med noen tips p neste sammentress, men jeg innser det trengs opplring gjennom generasjoner for bli vinekspert..:P (Men det kreves vel ikke av noen;)

Og bare s det er sagt; si ifra nr dere vil komme, s booker jeg plass i timeplanen!:D Dere kan til og med bo hos meg hvis dere vil, jeg har sovemadrass og dobbeltseng - s da trenger det ikke bli s dyrt heller!

Og skal ha det i tankene med hensyn til sprk p facebook..;) MEN alle statusoppdateringenr skal fortsette vre p engelsk, hehe.

Ses snart!! Stor klem

Jeanette

02.11.2011 kl.19:04

Helene! Takk for fin kommentar:D Hehe det ble litt mer enn to glass vin ja, og en del annet godt i glasset:P Snn det skal vre i feriene;) Og ja, sushi er jo bare knallgodt, fr nesten lyst til lre deg like det..:P N gr det veldig fort til jul ja, og da skal vi kose oss! Kvalitetstid med sster er nsket!^^ Love you too<3

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