A stunning area of France, filled with surprises, we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world! Absolutely perfect for family travel, with something for everyone! We were based in St. Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with it's charming, medieval old town, vineyards all around and underground galleries plus catacombs.
June is a perfect time to be there before the crowds arrive. The campsite, Domaine De La Barbanne, was
one of our favorites in Europe, nestled in the heart of Saint-Emilion's world class vineyards. They had 2 swimming pools, a lake, tennis courts, restaurant and even cottage rentals for those without an RV or tent ( like most campsite in Europe). I think it was far superior to any hotel stay for family travel.
met a lovely family from Scotland on holiday there and Mozart had great
fun with her new friend and catching baby ducks! It is a perfect place
to do lots of bike rides amongst the vineyards, relax, swim, do wine
tasting and enjoy great food in a beautiful environment.
One of the surprises were these old fashion bikes that went by while we were touring in the old town one day! I was happy to catch this shot just as the big one went by. I'll be adding more stories and photos from our fun time there, but here are a few. If you are looking for some great wine travel guides check out these from a friend of mine on Twitter. Or watch this video by Gary Vaynerchuk (another friend from Twitter) who does the popular Wine Library TV and get a little taste of tasting in Bordeaux.
The wine of course, is legendary and we all enjoyed that, even Mozart... imitating her dad at a tasting, with her water! Mozart has been playing in vineyards since she was five months old, but we did not realize she would find wine tasting rituals around the world so much fun to experience, at such a young age. She adores it! Don't hesitate to mix vineyards and viticulture with a family vacation!
Mozart helps her dad, DaVinci, in our California vineyard when she was 5 months old! She only weighed about 10 lbs at the time & people would literally gasp when I put her down on her own, but she has always been a mover, ready to get on with life and be out in nature discovering.
Mozart at 6 months old dashing all over the vineyard, helping dad.
Mozart picking grapes in our vineyard at 13 months old.
Mozart at 2 getting into our vineyard grapes again!
Mozart playing in the vineyard during autumn's first big rain post harvest.
Before having children, we never considered mixing our love of viticulture with a child, but Mozart took to it all like a duck to water, as children raised on vineyards always have. It's been a wonderful addition to our world tour with great home school benefits. How many of you have done or considered vineyard vacations with kids?
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