During half term we decided to take a road trip through France. Although we've been to France before and stayed just outside Le Touquet in a couple of lovely Gites we didn't really know it too well I've also been thinking in buying a holiday home in France for sometime so I thought by booking a holiday to France it would also be a great opportunity to combine it with viewing some properties. Our first stop was Bordeaux which didn't start of too well. We were flying out of Luton and had to make our way to Kings Cross St Pancras. We were a bit rushed when we arrived we had missed our train. My husband was getting the tickets and I had to check which platform we needed to be. However there are two platform B's so if you're not careful you could end up on the wrong one like we did waiting for the slow train instead of the fast one. The station is huge and is not well sign posted and after a lot of confusion and messing around running from one platform to another we gave up and jumped into an Uber and we just about made it. As we all ran to the gate we noticed it was closed so after a lot of begging and pleading with not so happy staff they agreed to open the gate and let us on. One hour and 20 minutes later we arrived in sunny Bordeaux.
BordeauxBordeaux Airport is small but there is two terminals one for the budget airlines and another for the premium carriers like Air France & BA. Upon arrival we took a small stroll to the next terminal to pick up our hired car. Picking up the car was very easy and we made sure it was big and comfortable since we were planning to do a lot of driving. 45 minutes later we arrived in Bordeaux city. I booked a cute little apartment on Airbnb for one night in the heart of the city with 2 bedrooms for just £59 per night. In the evening we walked around a little and found a cheap little typical French restaurant offering a menu for just €13 euros each for a 3 course meal. We opted for Onion Soup, Foi Gras and we all had steak. The food was good and cheap and cost just €60 euros for all 4 including half a bottle of wine. It's probably the only place we came across that served Onion Soup. Bordeaux is breathtakingly beautiful and is full of stunning Architecture. There's plenty of museums, restaurants, bars and shops. We only stayed for one night but managed to sneak a visit to the spectacular "Miroir d'Eauon". It's located opposite the beautiful "Place de la Bourse" and was built less than 10 years ago, designed by Michel Corajoud and is now one of Bordeaux's most visited and photographed sites. The following morning we woke up early packed our bags tidied the apartment and went to have breakfast at Karls on Place du Parlement. It was a Saturday morning and it was really busy so it was difficult to get a table inside so opted to sit outside. There's a good choice of breakfast menus between €8-25 euros per person. We had the continental basket that included lovely freshly baked bread and Croissants coffee and a freshly squeezed orange juice. Unlike most restaurants you'll find in France they serve food all day which is always good to know.
After breakfast we all jumped back into the car and headed for a place called Chalus to view a couple of properties. The first one needed too much work and was in a small town just outside Chalus which was really quiet. The house needed far too much money spent on it plus we didn't like the layout was all a bit odd inside. As we carried on driving towards Chalus we went and had a look at another one which was huge and had 8 bedrooms. The reception room was large something that would be ideal however the house it self didn't feel welcoming and had an eerie feel to it. The crosses over the beds and bibles left in the kitchens didn't help with what I was feeling from it. All the furniture had been left along with personal belongings as if a family had left the house in a rush in the 70's. Our next stop was Bellac a small market town outside Limoges and by this time it was 2.30pm and we were all getting hungry. We tried stopping at so many Boulangeries to grab some food but no one would serve us sandwiches because it wasn't lunch time. It was only when we go to Bellac and the agent recommended a place where we could buy some quiches by this time it was 4.30pm and we were famished. Although Bellac seemed to have a bit more life neither of us could picture spending out holidays there but we went to have a look at another just on the ouskirs of the town. It was a small cottage next door to the local butcher that reared his own meat from his cute little cows we could seet at the bottom of the garden so that was a big no no of us.
Next stop Limoges....
Pont de Pierre
The fabulous "Miroir d'Eau"