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We celebrated Easter Interdenominational Sunrise Service and the Roman Catholic and Protestant Services that followed as our ship sailed slowly up the Garonne River toward Bordeaux in Southwest France.
A tug boat helped us turn around before docking. Our port was Bassen – the Serenity is too big to dock right in Bordeaux.
Although fishing huts like this line the river, the main product of the region is wine, and has been ever since the Romans planted the first grape vines in the 1st century!
Because of the changing tide our ship docked in Bassen on Sunday but had to sail miles away to Le Verdon on Monday morning where it stayed until 6pm. To further add to logistical and thus blogging confusion, Ed & I each escorted different trips. Also, on Monday morning our excursions left the ship in Bordeaux and rejoined it in Le Verdon!
Ed’s trip on Sunday was to Saint-Émilion, one of the principle red wine areas of Bordeaux.
The town is a World Heritage site, with Romanesque churches and vineyards right in the town.
On the same overcast day I escorted a trip into Bordeaux. Those Sunday pictures will not make the blog, however, because we also went into Bordeaux on Monday morning under brilliant blue skies. This bridge is the Pont de Pierre, ordered by Napoleon I in 1813. There are 17 arches, one for each letter of his name. Why not?
Our apologies for not including more of the fascinating history or even naming the buildings (at this point we are in information overload-be prepared for diminished returns!)– the following pictures are all “spectacles of Bordeaux”.