From Bordeaux to Marseille via Andorra, Episode 450

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Categories: Occitanie, Off the Beaten Track in France

This episode with Bernadette and Steven Fernandes is all about letting the day happen and taking the back roads. They've been visiting France for years and mostly avoid big cities because they like the small things that give flavor to the experience. We share a few laughs and talk about cannelés, rillettes, going to the wrong Roquefort, enjoying a couple of chateau accommodations, going into the chicken coop, sharing a lunch break with a horse, the way to enjoy a day in Marseille AND two speeding tickets. We keep it real on this podcast! This episode contains great recommendations for accommodations listed below.

From Bordeaux to Marseille via Andorra Favorite Moments

  1. Waitress and dinner at Chai Pascal in St. Emilion
  2. Andorra surprise
  3. Tours of Monolithique church and bell tower in St. Emilion
  4. Picnic lunch in St. Emilion at Les Cordeliers and discovering rillette
  5. Fresh eggs at Chateau La Motte
  6. Mirepoix
  7. Great glass of wine at great price in the afternoon at an outside café
  8. Market and windy lunch in Saint Pierre la Mer
  9. Templar church in Luz Saint Sauveur
  10. Meeting fellow travelers from UK
  11. Scouting Thermal baths and ski areas in Pyrenees
  12. Food shopping at Intermarche and cooking dinner
  13. Marseille Old Port walk
  14. Relaxing time at Chateau La Motte
  15. Les Halles in Narbonne
  16. Walking through Lourdes and having lunch at café
  17. Wine tasting at the Cave in St. Emilion
  18. Bayonne Chocolate
  19. Terrace garden at Abbaye de Fontfroide
  20. Family with Bernese Mountain Dog
  21. Seeing horse at rest area
  22. Seeing sky jumpers near highway on the way to Lourdes
  23. Little towns along the Canal du Midi
  24. Daily baguette
  25. Morning sausage
  26. Street food Market in Marseille

Accommodations on this Trip

Saint-Émilion, Clos 1906. reviews were accurate.  The 20 minute walk into town was pleasant, the host Eduard had excellent recommendations and the room was superior.  Great place to start our trip.

Bayonne, Villa La Renaissance. Great views of Bayonne from our room and best breakfast of the trip.

Luz-Saint-Sauveur, 2-bedroom apartment,  "Magnifique appartement 100m² hyper centre Luz". Good location in middle of town.  Kitchen was superior.  However, the advertised washing machine did not exist.

Ax-les-Thermes, Domaine de la Vallée d'Ax. This was the craziest place we have ever stayed!  We had to “rent” our sheets and towels.  Do people really bring their own sheets and towels to a condo?  In addition, we had to take inventory of all the furniture, equipment and utensils in the condo using a checklist.  Initially the checklist was provided in French but Steve went back to front desk to get an English version of the checklist.

Near Narbonne, 3 bedroom apartment in a Chateau, Chateau de la Motte, in the town of Marcorignan. We had discovered this accommodation on a previous trip and loved the gardens, privacy and full service kitchen in a beautiful location near Narbonne.

Marseille, Hotel room with a view, Grand Hotel Beauvau Marseille Vieux Port – Mgallery. I treated ourselves on the last night of our vacation in Marseille and got a room with a vieux port view.  We were not disappointed.  The front desk reserved a taxi for the morning for our ride to the airport which was very helpful.

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Discussed in this Episode

  • Saint-Emilion
  • Bayonne
  • Luz-Saint-Sauveur
  • Andorra
  • Rillettes
  • Cannelés
  • Fresh eggs
  • Bages
  • Abbaye de Fontfroide
  • Narbonne
  • Electric boat rentals in Narbonne
  • Air Transat and Level Airline.
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