On September 4, 2013 I flew to Paris, boarded a train for Bordeaux and began the month of September in some new areas of France. It is the beginning of my new life…..retired from education and finally doing what I love and where I love it: travelling and living in France.
During the month, I travelled to the southwest region of France and then drove east to the Dordogne, Lyon and then back to Paris. Here are some highlights that one should definitely do:
-Marathon du Medoc-there are 22 refreshment stations; however, these stations have Bordeaux wines and unique foods such as (oysters, ham, steak, cheese, and ice cream. And 90% of the runners are in costumes. This year’s theme was: Science Fiction. I ran the entire marathon and stopped at 18 of the 22 wine stations. It took a bit longer than I would have liked, however, how could one not partake in a little wine?
-Biarritz is located south of Bordeaux and it is a seaside town known . I had an apartment overlooking the Atlantic and could watch the surfers ride the waves
-Apartment in Paris-I rented an apartment in Paris in the 7th arrondissement, just north of the Champs Elysee and near Rue Montaigne. The locations was fabulous, but a little noisy late at night. The French like to party!
-“Kaas Chante Piaf”: This concert by Patricia Kaas celebrates the work of Edith Piaf and took place in one of Paris’ most famous concert halls, the Olympia.
Final lunch at a classic French Bistro in Paris. It is called “Le Navigator” and it is on the left bank near the Seine. 29 Euros for a 3 course meal which included 1/2 bottle of wine! Dessert (picture on the right—figs with creme anglaise and a mint leaf) was simple, yet delicious.