Bordeaux is renowned for wine of course, but it is a very beautiful city with many old buildings. It also has quite an open area by the river, which seems quite unusual for most European cities.
We stayed at a chateau and Francois, our host, found us a winery tour that was available that morning - many are too busy with the harvest right now to have tours. The grapes were still being crushed and pressed and the winemaker was busy doing a lot of testing (and tasting).
Yesterday we drove east of here for the first time. In places the Lot river is lined on both sides by huge limestone cliffs, often with tunnels.
Of course the French (and whoever else occupied this place) found it necessary to build their castles, fortresses, churches, villages on the highest spots. This is a lovely little village called St-Cirq Lapopie and we climbed to the top to get a good view (although this photo is from below).
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