13.10.2014 - 17.10.2014 28 °C
??France?? part two Bordeaux special
Hi Harry here, we are still in ??France?? heading to ??Spain?? we have had some amazing adventures and met some great people so this time? around I will gently give you some funny facts about Europe here we go.
The first croissant was invented in Austria?
All the underground escalators in London travel a distance equivalent to 2 trips around the world each year
Sweden has the most number of McDonalds in Europe per capita
It takes 35 minutes to get to Africa by ferry from Spain
Europe has 50 countries - we have seen 8, 42 to gooooooooooo
Europe is the 2nd smallest continent but has the 2nd largest population
??France?? part two day one
We check in to our ?Aussie? owned country home (with a really nice touch of modern) and meet our host Simone. We quickly unload our gear and head out to some winery's for the afternoon (Bordeaux specials in red wine?) anyway see you tomorrow.
??France?? part two day two
After a day's run we take a ?drive to Saint Emilion and checked out the village?. And find ourselves taking a tour through the wonders of Saint Emilion. First we peered into the house of Saint Emilion himself. Emulsion was a hermit and didn't come out much - he was also being a monk?. Then we went in the largest monolithic church in Europe - it is amazing and so big when it's only made out of one rock?. You could only just make out some of the pictures that were painted back then✏️.
After our tour ended we relocated to a pizza bar?. This day just got even better. But it could get worse, because the heavy rain has started to pour down on us. But we are in the red? wine region so mum and dad decide to stop off at a local family vineyard to taste?. Me and Jack are sitting there like stunned mullets - we are so bored??. Our wine host decides to bring out a little bit of wine for me and Jack to smell (and have a little sip). over all that was pretty great (and wet). So what better thing to do than get chocolate and have a feast at home next to the fire watching Moby Dick. See you tomorrow in Bordeaux.?
??France?? part two day three
Today we are going to Bordeaux. Bordeaux is a big city 20 minutes? from where we are staying at Simone's. We arrive to see the mist fountain and the big palace in the old part of town. We start strolling down the Main Street by the river front to the markets (with purchases of heaps of glass stuff from mum) and we try to hurry her up. We cross the tram track to find ourselves smack bang in the middle of the old city centre and decide to stop for lunch in the the park next to the river.
Time for a walk. We stroll along the Main Street looking into shops and bearing off into little side streets.
Lately I have been noticing many cyclists? and they even have there own bike lanes and traffic lights and guess what - they even have automatic bike hiring machines. All you have to do is chuck in your credit card and it only costs 1.50€ a day so about $2.20 NZ. So why not. We cruise around the river front - it's nice and flat ground. On the way we see two skate parks filled with skaters, BMX bikers and scooters doing insane tricks. But we continue down the river to the main bridge in Bordeaux, over it then back again all the way to meet dad for a smoothie and relax session?. And what a great finish to a great day see you tomorrow for a new location.
France part two day four
Today we are heading to a new location (still in the Bordeaux region) but we still have thing to do before that.
I wake up to see mums face staring at me saying time for a run?, as I turn back over to the other side of the bed she yanks the sheets off to send a cold breeze? to awake me. Aaaaaaaahhh. On the way down the driveway we spot two bikes (mint condition) and decide to swap to the bike route. Even all the way out in the country they have bike tracks?. With the flat roads it is perfect for biking because it was built over an old disused train track. And if you really wanted to, you can bike all the way to Bordeaux 40 km away- but not today?.
Me and mum make it home for breakfast? and to relocate. but mum and dad have a surprise installed for me and Jack. We arrive to what looks like a canoeing camp but we walk straight past it, into a massive tree adventures - but it is twice as high as the one in NZ. We suit up into our gear and I start on level two. There are 6 levels and I can go up to level 5 but even the instructor said 5 was hard and to do 6 you have to be over 17. Jack does well and conquers levels 1 and 2. Way to go Jack!!!!!
Level 2 is a breeze - it has two flying foxes and other obstacles including wobbly bridges, see saws and heaps more. Level 3 has two choices, the hard way or the easy way so I take the hard way that includes tight spaces, wobbly planks? and a couple of flying foxes and some big ladders. But once again I breeze thorough it...... Now up to level four now and this is definitely getting harder and I just manage to finish it. But is was a whole lot of fun - it had nets, wobbly bridges and finished with a giant flying fox that went far up in the tree tops and across the river to the camp ground and back.
Now it is time for me to decide if I can do number 5 - it is twice as high as 4 and has all the hard obstacles. Why not!!!! I start with a big rope net connecting to a wobbly bridge then a little flying fox that I have to pull myself up on. But all of that and more lead up to the hardest obstacle of all. The Tarzan jump. The Tarzan jump is a 10 meter platform that you have to jump off and swing into a net. I jump, smashing down to the earth? before, swinging back up into the net and grabbing it. Wow what a great jump and to finish off with another flying fox over the river and back down to earth. Great day- now it is time to head to our new place - see you there.
We arrive to our cool cottage in a typical little French village. It has a pub a dairy and a bakery and now I will give you a summary of what we did over the few days we were there. Firstly most days we go to the lake for a swim. It's really. I r and they have made a man made beach there too - complete with a playground, beach chairs and even wifi. We hang at our house at night and watch a couple of movies including Huckleberry Finn and The Perfect Storm.
Every morning Jack's Job is to go to the dairy and get a fresh baguette for lunch and practice his French skills. We are still in wine territory so we check out some small vineyards.
Well I guess I will see you in Spain - we had to ??San Sebastián?? tomorrow. It is over the French border on the Atlantic Coast. North East ??Spain??.
Off now to brush up on my Spanish (lol)?? ps don't forget to check out my photo gallery