I love bread. Soft, white, freshly baked French bread! How the French stay so slim with all this beautiful food I’ll never know.
This time last week I was enjoying a short break in France. While this trip could have been my downfall (and at times, very nearly was) I chose not to let this happen. I believe in everything in moderation and so, I allowed myself the bread, the cheese, wine and yes, even a small amount of chocolate. And that’s the point – a small amount. I didn’t go crazy but still allowed myself to enjoy it.
But enough about food…
I flew out to Bordeaux for a family holiday, the first one in many years! Staying in rural France in a beautiful gite with it’s open plan living, large garden and pool providing an idyllic setting. The sun shone, the wine flowed, laughter filled the air and quickly I was able to relax, switching off from the real world.
The gite, Le Peyrat, comfortably sleeps up to 12 and is reached by a white gravel drive, passing the resident grey pony on one side and the boules area to the other. Beautifully renovated, Le Peyrat opens up into a large garden with decking and an additional covered seating area for cooler evenings, garden toys for any little ones (including trampoline – I’d forgotten how much fun this could be) and a secluded pool (a real little sun trap).
A 30 minute drive away is the small, quaint town of St Emilion. The drive takes you through picturesque French countryside littered with many vineyards, large and small. Once in St Emilion, cobbled streets wind themselves between gorgeous French architecture. We took the street that leads up to the church, offering fantastic views of the town and terracotta rooftops. Once at the top it opens up into a small square with a handful of cafes and shops – the perfect place to stop for a drink and to soak up the sun.
Meandering back down the cobbled streets you find a mix of shops – souvenirs, cafes, macarons, but above all, and being in the midst of world-renowned vineyards, wine! In a sunny square, about halfway down, with the church spire looming overhead, we stopped for lunch at Cafe Amelia. Serving simple, yet perfectly done, dishes, this place offers great service and fantastic value for money. Steak frites for 9 euro – can’t argue with that!
After using all that energy it was time to head back to the gite for an afternoon nap followed by a game of boules! So until next time, au revoir Bordeaux!