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The country of France is literally filled with medieval cities, alpine villages, and glorious beaches. Vineyards and wines make it world famous, as do the many classical museums and monuments. Ancient caves with prehistoric drawings, theatres and palaces, art galleries and eclectic villages – there is something for everyone in this amazing country!
This is one of the best known Médoc wineries. It is in the hamlet of Bages, 2km west of Pauillac. It has been in existence since 1939. There is a seasonal art exhibition every year between May and October, and entrance is free to this.
You can take guided tours of the cellars and have a wine tasting, although you need to book in advance for this. There is also a delightful village bistro which is run by the same family where you can eat supper.
You may want to stay a night in this lovely area.
The name comes from the English expat community who paid for the promenade in 1822. It runs for 4km and is mostly used by cyclists and skaters. You can hire bikes, skates and scooters to check it out.
There are interesting things to see along the way such as the art deco Palais de la Mediterranean, and the huge iron sculpture La Chaise.
There are many campsites in this area where you can park an RV and spend a few days.
Hire a few bikes, take your time and enjoy the scenery!
This is a double tiered arena in Nimes which is the best-preserved arena in France. It was built in 100 BC and could seat 24,000 people. It is often a venue for events, and used to host gladiators and bull fighters.
You need an hour or two, unless you go to a show there. Have a walk around and see how it must have felt to fight in from of the crowds.
The abbey was founded in 1118 and restored 100 ago. You may see how Cistercian monks lived many years ago. There is a church to view and a barrel-vaulted dormitory used by the monks. The landscaped gardens are worth spending time in. be sure to check out the earliest metallurgical forge in Europe, which was used in the 13th century.
You can do the self-guided tour, which is available in six languages. Guided tours are also available.
Allow a half day, and then visit the shop. Spend some time in the garden after that.
These consist of seven chapels built between the 12th and the 14th centuries. What makes them special is that they are built into the rockface.
Look out for the grave where the original hermit St Amadour is buried, and where Roland’s famous sword, Durandal was embedded in the wall.
A point here is that this is still ‘active’ so please dress with respect.