Saturday, July 16, 2011

Next stop Bordeaux

January 17th, 2011
It was 6am and a bitterly cold, dark morning in Paris when we waited for the taxi to take us to Le Gare Montparnasse. I was ever so grateful for my Parisian hat, to keep the biting wind and chill factor out and to keep me warm.
With a hot coffee and apple and raisin pastry, we waited to board the TGV fast train that took us to Bordeaux.
Looking out the window the scenery was stunning as we raced past old villages, big towns, magnificent chateaux, stone houses that had been built many years ago and we saw the most picturesque countryside.

With the speed of the train made it hard to get good photographs.

In our very best attempt of French we were able to converse with the Car Rental people, who were not fluent in English and we were able to get the Citeron Picasso (gris) that we had ordered.

Now the next fun part, to drive on the left hand side of the road, in a place we did not know.
Sat navigation is such a good thing and I do not know what we would have done without her.
We named her Claudette and she was our saviour as we made our way down to the tiny village called Rue de Abbey Vertheuil.

This was the pretty iron work outside our bedroom window and I will show, where we stayed in the quaint village, next time.

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend, mes amis.


  1. Ohh, la, la, Carolyn, what a lovely chapeaux!!!

    I can't wait to see your next post!!


  2. Hi Carolyn,

    Oh my gosh - I love that hat! Just gorgeous and so fashionable. I wish women wore hats more like they used to years ago. No one wears them much anymore here, sadly. Sounds like a wonderful adventure although the mention of the raisin and apple pastry is making my mouth water! Love the ironwork, cant' wait to see the quaint village.

    Have a wonderful weekend,,

  3. Oooooh Carolyn, I love your hat, you look so smart!
    LOL at Claudette, sat navigation is so funny sometimes, isn't it?!
    Looking forward to reading more about your French adventures!

  4. Hi Carolyn, That's a beautiful hat and it suits you very well.
    Wouldn't you think that fluent English would be one of the main job requirements at a car rental station?
    Have a lovely Sunday!

  5. Ooh la la Carolyn, you look beautiful in that hat! I can't wait to see and hear more about this trip my friend!!!

  6. Dearest Carolyn,

    You look like a movie star in that hat! Wow, and on the TGV to Bordeaux that was great! But you did NOT drive on the left hand side of the road; I bet with you. Otherwise this blog would not have been posted! You mean to tell us that the steering wheel was on the left hand side... contrary to what you are used to. Bet you did enjoy your Citroën Picasso!
    Looking forward to the next chapter and meanwhile; Chapeau or Hats off to you.

    Lots of love and enjoy your Sunday afternoon/evening!


  7. Beautiful hat!!!!
    Like everything about it, color, size, design!

  8. Thanks for your travel experience...
    It's interesting to discover our own country through your eyes...


  9. Wow! What a beautiful hat, you look charming. So hard and drive on the left side of the road, must have been difficult.
    Love to see your next post.
    Have a nice day

  10. Oh my Carolyn..what an amazing hat! You look lovely...I wish more of us would wear them...they really are so pretty and practical.

    I absolutely adore the tea cup from a previous is exquisite!

    No, I didn't get up close to the Royals...I was in the same building, but security was so was tough to go anywhere near them. Maybe next time!

    Thank-you for your visits. I really do appreciate them!
    Hugs, Nancy

  11. it's a lovoey hat! I went to Bordeaux years ago, lovely part of France

  12. My sweet Carolyn! I so love these snippets of travel that you share with us my dear....I LOVE that white iron piece outside your window! Oh how I remember the chill in LATE JULY I had felt when I had been under the hot sun of NICE then traveled upward to the Southwest. It was considerably cooler then when we got to Paris, I had to buy a coat! So up in Bordeaux, I would imagine it can be chilly. You look fabulous in your brown hat!

    Sweet one, thank you for the kind words and visit to my post. I hope that one day my words will speak louder than the photos I select, but both things actually go hand in hand....I so want to be a writer. It is HAPPENING however, one step at a time.

    LOVE TO YOU! Anita

  13. Wow, what an adventure! I can't wait to hear more about it - and I love your hat!

  14. That hat is divine, Carolyn. I wish we wore them more here in the U.S. I always buy hats when I'm in Europe.
    Loving your adventure and agree totally about a GPS.

  15. Hi,I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated your blog to the One Lovely Blog Award,your blog is just fantastic so you deserve it!

  16. Adore that chapeau on you Carolyn!! Very nice! Also adore Citeron cars so much! Can't wait to see where you stayed at the Rue de Abbey Vertheuil!!

    Happy Sunday~


  17. Happy Sunday my gorgeous friend
    I love all you share.

  18. What a lovely hat! Very beautiful. I love hats but seldom use because of daily cycling and here we have to use a helmet then.
    Have a nice week and thank you for your comment in my blog.
    hugs Maina

  19. I love the beautiful hat! You look so lovely!

    More pictures please! Can't wait!


  20. Loving that hat sweet Carolyn. Big Hugs!

  21. Your hat is perfect! And I remember those pastries very well myself....
    It seems one can't rent a car in France without having some kind of adventure!
    I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures - I love the one from your window.

  22. What a marvelous hat! What a marvelous trip!

  23. Good evening Carolyn!

    WOW then it would be cold up there in January! What a lovely trip that must have been. Oh how I love FRANCE anytime of the year!

    You have a lovely new week my friend!

    BISOUS, Anita

  24. Oh Carolyn, I love hearing of your adventures and cant wait to hear about Bordeaux. I have never been and would love to. Your hat is truly Parisienne and very chic.
    Where you went to Gare de Monteparnasse isnt far from where we stayed in Paris this time and we went through there all the time.
    ---sigh. Lovely. Waiting for more. x

  25. What a great hat! I think it would be fun to get dressed up and wear hats. The ironwork is beautiful. I look forward to seeing more pictures and have a terrific week!

  26. Dear Carolyn

    You look so sweet in your tres élégante Parisian chapeau - such a great piece for winter anywhere!!!
    I found the french train system quite difficult initially - but they are always on time!!

    Looking forward to more on Bordeaux mon amie!!

    Shane x

  27. You look captivating in that outfit. :)

  28. Oh my your hat!!! Hope all is well my sweet friend.I have missed your to read them all! xoxxo

  29. How lovely! I look forward to taking the train and seeing some of the beauty of France when we are there the end of August. I also look forward to the wine. :) Hope you've had a great day. Tammy

  30. have fun Carolyn! don't forget to have lots of wine in Bordeaux! p.s. you look lovely in that hat!

  31. You look gorgeous in that hat! Just stunning!
    xx, shell

  32. Wow, honey, your hat is sooo lovely!
    You look fab with it!

  33. What a lovely hat!You look so beautiful :)
    I like the ironwork too!
    Have a nice week ♥

  34. Ah, la douce France, c'est magnifique.
    Love the hat!
    I hope King Winter is kind to you, sweet Carolyn. I am enjoying Summer, with my children home from school. My laptop is far far away. In Fall I will be curling up in my chair again and wander through blog land each and every evening, looking forward to it!
    Love and hugs to you xxooxx

  35. Hi Carolyn, your hat is so GORGEOUS! God, an accessoire like this realy does make a trip special! Has any of your bears travelled with you? xox

  36. Hello,
    I visited your blog today. I saw you on Castles, Crowns, and Cottages. Isn't Anita wonderful? Your blog caught my eye because me and my daughters love 'Bears." In fact, when my mom passed away, my daughters would take along their gradma's bear every time they traveled to another country. I love the old keys that are shown also. I collect keys. Me and my daughters just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would really enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your unique, fabulous 'Bears." Hope to hear from you, and have a beautiful week.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  37. I love your hat!!! Thanks for sharing such a lovely trip:).



  38. Oh Carolyn,
    You look divine in your gorgeous french hat. I think wearing hats is so wonderful. We don't do it enough here.
    Love your pics.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  39. That hat!!! Heavenly!!!!

    I don't think I can say anything more, Carolyn. Except that you're stunning! :) – g

  40. Love,love,love that hat! How I wish they were in style here ~ I'd be in hat heaven.



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