Because of the region’s renown in the world of wine the bordelais cuisine is often overlooked and greater emphasis is placed on the accompanying wine than the food itself. While Gourmand’s may argue about attributing a particular delicacy or dish to a specific area for most of us the description ‘south-west France’ is sufficient provenance and which side of the Garonne supplied the cepes, lamphrey, or chestnuts matters little.READ MORE
Bertrand De Goth the Archbishop of Bordeaux and local Gascon lad was chosen as Pope in 1305 taking the title Clement V. After delaying his departure from his castle at Villandraut for three years he finally settled in Avignon to begin a period of almost 70 years when rival popes reigned in France and Italy.READ MORE
All landscapes have stories to tell – often bloody, occassionally misremembered and sometimes celebrating virtues that are no longer highly valued, but they are what make a place worth visiting. The countryside you can explore around Bordeaux is not one but a number of landscapes ranging from semi-wilderness to some of the most valuable (certainly the most expensive) arable land in western europe. Between those extremes lie small plots, family farms (- sometimes the subject of long-standing disputes over inheritance), woodland reserved for la Chasse, riverside meadows and hamlets and small towns.
A few of the stories that we know we have set out in other pages but there are many more waiting for you to discover …..