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  • The trees are quite striking
    The trees are quite striking
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  • Ummm....they are very interesting
    Ummm....they are very interesting
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  • Trying to figure out where to go
    Trying to figure out where to go
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    The Trees of St. Emilion

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 17, 2008

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    The trees are quite striking
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    Favorite thing: I'm not sure what the name of these trees are but I found them to be quite interesting. I love trees and at any chance will try to photograph them.

    The trees looks like they belong in a haunted story book with its nobby trunks and stick like branches.

    I've seen these particular trees in other areas of France as well as Germany.

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    Familiarize yourself with this compact town

    by Gypsystravels Updated Nov 17, 2008

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    Trying to figure out where to go

    Favorite thing: In my travels around these small towns I've noticed that many have these wonderful illustrated maps of the main attractions with some really good information of loactions, etc. It's a great way of just familiarize yourself before heading out to explore, even if you have a portable map.

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    Wine tasting

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 16, 2006

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    Can you appreciate the Wine??

    Favorite thing: During our visit we really wanted to do some wine tasting. We came across this particular Vintor and were surprised to know that although reservations were required, he would do a short demonstration for us.

    Interesting to see the passion that wine evokes in the gentlemen explaining the wine varies, the region, and everything about this particular Wine Cellar.

    Fondest memory: Vignobles & Chateaux
    4, Rue du Clocher
    33330 Saint-Emilion
    www.vignobleschateaux.fr
    tel: +33 (0) 557 246 101

    Wine classes every day at 11, 15 (english) and 17.30 from half march to half november. During the winter period the classes are by appointment only.

    Prices (2003) 20 euro per person.

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    Exploring the town

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are various vantage points where you can get a wonderful view of the town below.

    Not sure where this particular pic was taken, but it was a wonderful sight.

    The town is a very small and walkable town.

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    VILLEMAURINE

    by Toyin Written Jan 7, 2005

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    VALLEMAURINE

    Favorite thing: Inside is Magnificent Stainless steel fermenting room, ageing room, underground cellars: Storing and ageing celars, cellars for the second year ageing. You would also see the spectacular cellars which is reputed as the largest in St Emilion.

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    CARDINAL VILLEMAURINE

    by Toyin Written Jan 7, 2005

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    Entrance gate of CHATEAU VILLEMAURINE

    Favorite thing: The vines planted inthe city of the limestone plateau reach the town wall. This little estate is 7 hectares. When you enter the building, the vast room is being restored. However, old vintages up to 1958, are aged in a remarkable underground cellar carved out of the limestone rock.

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    The Heritage

    by Toyin Written Jan 7, 2005

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    St Emilion Gate.

    Favorite thing: The picture shows the gate of this town. The stone hold the towns secret and express centuries of history through architectural splendour.

    Fondest memory: Emilian was great and much praised because of his legacy, he is a Breton Monk who left his family and native region to take what is called Holy Orders. Originally the victim of great injustice, he always reacted by being extreamly kind.

    Emilion died on January 6th 767.

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    The Bell Tower of the Monolithic Church

    by Toyin Written Jan 7, 2005

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    The Bell Tower

    Favorite thing: Located directly on top of the monolitic church, the bell tower was built between the twelft and the fifteen centuries. It towers 133meters over the Place du Marché which makes it the second highest in the department of Gironde after Saint - Michel in Bordeaux.

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    The Collegiate Church

    by Toyin Written Jan 6, 2005

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    The Collegiate church

    Favorite thing: You are sure to find Saint Emilion charming from the moment you see the church bell tower. It is located 35 KM noth east of Bordeaux, between Libourne and Castillon-La-Bataille. This medieval town stands proudly at the top of a hill overlooking the Dordogne valley.

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    Great place to explore

    by Mique Updated Jul 11, 2004

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    Shall i take this or the next one?

    Favorite thing: Because the town isn?t a very car-friendly town (visiters park their cars outside the town), it is a great place to explore on foot. And this way, you can also explore the tiny alleyways that you can run into on occasion. Since it isn?t a very big town. it won?t cost you an awefull lot of time to just wander thorough the town. Though the tricky part can be the steep paths that go from the market place up to the higher part of town. The locals must have fun seeing those tourists sweating their way up the hill. I know that when i walked up, several local people were looking at me making my way up hill. What can i say, i?m from the low lands.. We?re not used to hills...

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    Wine tasting and training

    by Mique Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    Everybody trying to smell the bouquet

    Favorite thing: When we walked into this place it was advertised that they would give an english wine-class but since it was the 31st of december that was not true. Luckily business was slow that day or maybe just because we are very nice people he gave us a short introduction to wine and wine tasting for free. Very nice and much fun.

    Of course we did buy wine there. Very good wine too i must admit.

    Fondest memory: The address is:

    Vignobles & Chateaux
    4, Rue du Clocher
    33330 Saint-Emilion
    www.vignobleschateaux.fr
    tel: +33 (0) 557 246 101

    Wine classes every day at 11, 15 (english) and 17.30 from half march to half november. During the winter period the classes are by appointment only.

    Prices (2003) 20 euro per person.

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    Wear comfortable shoes

    by Mique Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    Climbing a very steep path

    Favorite thing: Since St-Emilion is a medieval town and build on top of a hill it is best to wear flat and comfortable shoes. You never know where you need to hike up to..

    This small path/street gave us quite a good impression how life in the middle ages would have been. We just missed the smell and all the animals around.

    And we all gasped for air when we finally made it to the top...

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    St-Emilion website

    by Mique Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    The beginning of the explorations

    Favorite thing: If you want to explore this city to the fullest, better take a look at the town's website. It'll give you a good overview of what there is all to see and do.

    We went in rather unprepared i must say and therefore missed out on many interesting things. I knew about St-Emilion because of the wine but i wasn't prepared for a medieval city with all its history and hidden treasures (of which we only found a few).

    The website is www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com

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    Château La Croix des Ducs

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Can't This Aging Go Any Faster???

    Favorite thing: If you chose to tour the vineyard I did, be aware that their wines are very heavy on the tannins. Obviously, they are concentrating on producing a wine that ages long in your cellar. I, not being a wine expert, knew enough not to make the "bitter beer face" when I tasted the wine. Please do the same.

    FYI: I was trying the wine from THAT years harvest, and they recommend that their wines age 2 years in their barrels and then another 5-7 in your cellar. This means that in 7-9 years the tannins will have softened dramatically and allow for a very smooth wine. Being that this vineyard has produced award winning wines, I think they know what they are talking about.

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    Cardinal's Palace (In Ruins)

    by Gypsystravels Updated May 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: As we were walking around the town, we came across the wall along the town.

    I haven't been able to find any info on this yet, will update as soon as I do.

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