Wednesday, 18 June 2014
The Hotel Lastiry in the Basque Country.
This was our base in SW France.
Here we are in Spain at the start of a short stage on El Camino.
Team shot at the Chateau Abaddia on the Corniche Basque Atlantic Coast.
Waiting for La Rhune (ratchet train) for a closer look at the clouds.
Walking the walls at St Jean Pied-de-Port.
Shooting the photographer.
This is where the barman fancied Tula (but definitely not her All Blacks cap).
Lunch in Biarritz
And, the last word.
Thursday, 12 June 2014
Lots of wine tastings
In the kitchen of the castle
A picnic lunch
Another shot of Le Festival Bistro at Sarlat
The view from the Chateau de Beynac - looking towards the enemy across the river
Posted by Ray Johnstone at 07:47
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
So here's where we started. In amongst the huge stainless steel receptacles where the grapes go for an early stage of the production.
Wine making is a long and complex process, and here we are in a room full of barrels where the wine's kept in oak barrels for over a year.
And this is why we're here. It's the most important part. Tasting what we've been learning all about.
This is what we tasted : Chateau du Tertre 2008, Grand Cru Classe, Margaux.
Team shot outside the Chateau.
Aperos outside the Orangerie where we had lunch.
Our private meal from the one end of the table.
And a shot from the other end.
Here's the menu:
Chicken Picatta with potatoes gratin and vegetables.
Homemade chocolate cake and coffee
All accompanied by Chateau du Tertre wines.
Unfortunately all good lunches come to an end. Here we are leaving the chateau at about 4.00 pm.
(It's important to take meals seriously in France - and this always takes a long time.)
Now it's home for evening aperos and dinner at the Mill.
Posted by Ray Johnstone at 07:18
Monday, 9 June 2014
The front runners are here!
We meet the second minibus at the
brocante at Fources.
This photo is especially for Becky Blades.
Tula and Lynne deciding what to buy at a linen stall.
Mike and Lynn trying to decide whether that thingamajig will fit into their hand baggage.
Mary, Peggy and Kathy looking for something they just can't live without.
Kathy and Peggy seem to be at the point of deciding...
Eating and drinking are quite important in this part of Gascony.
Here we are at our first evening meal at the Mill.
We're off to the Bordeaux winelands for a sumptuous lunch at the Orangerie at the Chateau de Tertre.
More pics soon - come back tomorrow to see how we're all faring.
Posted by Ray Johnstone at 07:11