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This summer I discovered an entirely new, completely relaxing form of travel: river cruising onboard the AmaDolce. The choice to relax, or to explore was mine; one day I'd lounge in my stateroom, balcony wide open, feet on the railing, just watching the world slide by, the next day we'd take bicycles, and race our ship to the next port. It's a unique way to travel, and best of all, you cover a lot of ground without ever having to pack our bags!
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24230 Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne, France
Château de Montaigne is worth a detour, especially if you need a little break from the wine tastings, that Bordeaux is so known for. The 14th century castle is nestled deep in the countryside near Bergerac and Saint-Émilion and was once the...
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33410 Cadillac, France
Cruising down the Garonne river onboard the AmaDolce, the first port we called on was Cadillac, located about 19 miles from the city of Bordeaux. Cadillac, founded in 1280, is a small fortified town, and I bet their charming Sunday market is...
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Roquetaillade, 33210 Mazères, France
14th century Château de Roquetaillade is touted as one of Bordeaux' most visited castles, but don't let that stop you. I went during high travel season, in August, and it didn't feel overrun.

Architecturally, it's an interesting castle to see,...
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33250 Saint-Julien-Beychevelle, France
Château Gruaud Larose caters to wine and architecture lovers alike. You'll have the opportunity to sample top shelf (Deuxièmes Crus classification) Bordeaux wines, and admire the spaces and views around you.

The castle dates back to 1725, and sits...
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33390 Blaye, France
One of the most rewarding ways is to explore Bordeaux' countryside is by bicycle.

While our ship, the AmaDolce, was sailing the short distace from Blaye to Bourg, we 'raced' her by bicycle. Without taking detours, it's about an hours ride, but of...
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Hangars 15 à 19, Quai des Chartrons, 33300 Bordeaux, France
This summer I discovered not only a new part of France, but also an entirely new, completely relaxing form of travel: river cruising onboard the AmaDolce.

The choice to relax, or to discover was mine; one day I'd lounge in my stateroom, balcony...
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Bordeaux' river Garonne is a tricky one to navigate. The tidal changes are impressive; they often make the river flow in one direction in the morning and the opposite at night. The training of the river captains has to be rigorous.

One morning we...
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33670 Créon, France
The small town of Créon is located a little over 12 miles (20km) from Bordeaux. It is one of Aquitaine's original Bastide towns, centered around a market square, which comes alive on Wednesdays.

Although the market is mainly a food market, you...
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11 Rue du Clocher, 33330 Saint-Émilion, France
L'Envers du Decor is a great brasserie, with a great outside patio, tucked away in the center of St Émilion. Highly endorsed and frequented by locals, it's affordable and offers a great list of wines by the glass from the surrounding vineyards....
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Saint-Émilion, France
...and, truth be told, a good number of tourists clambering around...

Regardless, St. Émillion is not to be missed!

The roman town, a designated UNESCO Heritage Site, is located in the midst of the beautiful Pomerol region. We'd taken bikes over...