Leaving Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion is a very special place…. I’m so glad that we came here and that the weather was perfect throughout our stay.  Rich mentioned the other day that Saint Emilion reminded him of the place where the movie Chocolat took place…. it has very much the same feel and magical quality. Today we spent most of the day relaxing and walking around the city.  I did two strenuous activities in the morning…. climbing the stairs of the church steeple and then climbing the steps of the tower of the king.  Both were extremely high with very narrow and dark steps that went in a circular pattern.  I only encountered one person coming down while I was ascending and we had to rearrange our camera bags so that we could both squeeze by – very narrow.  But the views from the top were incredible and it was such a beautiful day.  So here are some of the steps along the way and the views from above.

Stairway to the top of the steeple.


View from above.


View from the top


This is how far up I was.

On the way to the King’s Tower, there was a very beautiful street scene that I wanted to capture and kept getting frustrated because people would enter the picture.  I finally got the shot I wanted when all of a sudden this man appeared from a doorway and entered the scene.  He stepped back into the doorway because he could see me taking a picture.  It’s funny because you can still see his stomach sticking out of the doorway.  I have one without the stomach but I thought this one was unique.

Just a tiny bit of his belly showing…


Here are a few shots from the tower:


Workers trimming the vines

View of the church steeple from the tower.

The dinner tonight was at the Hostellerie de Plaisance, the hotel we are staying at.  Philippe Etchebest is a Grand Chef of France and presents an incredible meal for all of his guests.  We started by sitting out on the terrace and selecting all of your meal selections.  We went a la carte with only 3 courses – starter, main course, cheese and dessert… well I guess that’s really four.  Anyway, you make all of your selections before you enter the dining room.  The process is very formal and you have a glass of champagne while you’re selecting… of course.  Once you enter the dining room, there are no longer any menus or choices to be made.  And everything arrives like clock work.  Our meal was outstanding beginning with several amuse bouches, a starter – Rich had an egg dish with Spanish ham along the side and I had the most humongous oyster I’ve ever seen.  One oyster cooked in coconut milk that filled the plate – delicious but very strange looking.  We both had Brittany lobster that was de-shelled table side.


Rich and a glass of champagne


Marc with his back to the hotel


Small amuse bouche outside to go with the champagne


The ham accompanying the egg dish


Here’s the enormous oyster – a delicacy in the Bordeaux area


The lobster


There was a slight problem with the desserts.  They mistakenly gave Rich the strawberry dessert although he had ordered the chocolate dessert.  As a result, they gave him both.  On top of that, they brought me another dessert for my birthday with fireworks and all – literally, there was a huge sparkler on the display.  The chef came to the table and started applauding and everyone in the room applauded – it was great.


Pineapple dessert for Marc


The chocolate dessert for Rich


And here’s the mistake – very tasting strawberry cake inside


And finally, the birthday surprise – see the sparkler at the bottom right


And then a picture with the chef….




The birthday cake


It was a great ending to our stay in Saint Emilion.  As I said, it’s a very special little village with a prestigious wine history and a very comfortable feel.  I would definitely come back.

We head off tomorrow very early because we have a long drive from here to Dinard in the north of France.  See you there.

4 Responses

  1. Marcia

    What great pictures. You both look great, must be having fun. Did you get an oyster for Robin? lol

    July 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

  2. Anonymous

    What great pictures! You both look so relaxed and happy. I hate to leave St.Emilion…ha.ha..! Hope your drive to Dinard is carefree….see you later!
    Mary and Dennis

    July 4, 2012 at 8:05 am

  3. monique

    Heel mooie fotos
    en jullie zien er zo chique uit
    en dat eten zo mooi gesserveerd
    ik geniet van de fotos

    Marc eddy denkt dat je een beetje verdikt bent haha

    July 5, 2012 at 12:14 am

  4. Adrienne

    What a great birthday meal and experience!

    July 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

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