11/01/2016

Blaye & Bourg, France - Medieval Storybook Villages


Let J. Christina introduce you to Blaye, France, a petite but mighty hamlet, sitting at the southern tip of the Gironde estuary formed by the confluences of the nearby Dordogne and Garonne rivers.  Blaye is an historical and powerful commune from medieval times, where the Citadel of Blaye and its military fortifications sit majestically over the waters of Western Europe’s largest estuary.
Le Citadelle De Blaye, a medieval fortress, along with Fort Médoc and Fort Paté, formed a military defense system, during the 18th and 19th centuries to protect the downstream port of Bordeaux from sea invasions and wars.  It is a legendary example of engineering genius and Romanesque architecture designed and built by the famous engineer Vauban and named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008.  A picture-postcard town, with scarred ramparts, that bears witness to battles and conflict through this gallant maritime route.  

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   Colorful and charming Blaye, France


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Enchanting Blaye, France
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curlicue street in Bourg, France
Bourg, France, is a hidden gem on the right bank of the Dordogne River, in the heart of the wine appellation of Côtes de Bourg, in the Gironde department.  Here in this ancient commune, Bourg is perched atop a quiet secret, where she seems to be forgotten by the crowds.

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captivating Bourg, France


 


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