Monday, September 26, 2016
Bordeaux region, France
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Yes, that’s unmistakably Cyrano, as in Cyrano de …..
looking proudly up at the church of St. James, with its unusual single-walled bell tower.
Bergerac was a stop for pilgrims heading to northeast Spain on the Camino of St. James, and with its riverside setting was also a center for trade centuries ago. Today a gabare (flat-bottomed boat) or two takes tourists up and down the quiet river,
and trade has moved elsewhere, leaving a quietly inviting town
with several pretty lanes.
Bergerac wines are becoming better known, and a beautiful old cloister, now the Maison du Vin, shares the history of the area and offers tastings.
A majestic chateau overlooking the valley is our next stop – Chateau Monbazillac, the center for production of the sweet dessert wine of the same name.
After taking in the sweeping views from the castle,
we sample the wines
and don’t leave empty handed!
Another evening of glorious music, this time Beethoven and Brahms, awaits us, with the Wihan quartet and friends, followed by dinner, then a casual session of music
(before which I had the pleasure of playing more Dvorak duets with Hélène, the marvelous pianist of the Nova Luce ensemble).
As we drifted to sleep in our room below, the music continued above us….what a way to fall asleep!