It was the first time to go on holidays in a camper van. As a city girl, this was a very special experience to me, I haven’t seen other Chinese in the campsites other than me, they were mostly Dutch, French and English.
I would not say this is my most favorite way of travel but it is certainly a good way if you would like to bring along your kids and pets. For me, not mention the Chateaux visits in St Emilion, the most rewarding thing was that I could cook something nice in the evening with the fresh food we bought in the farmers markets and supermarkets, . Fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and local French Cheese, all can be kept in the fridge. If I am staying hotels, I can only look at them but cannot buy all the food I would like to sample. I like eating out too but eating out every single day is a bit too much.
This trip we have altogether driven almost 3000 km in 12 days. Leaving from Basel, we have stopped in Burgundy, Massif Central, and finally our main destination, Bordeaux.
There have been so many nice experience in this trip: Bike riding in the vineyards, visiting & wine tasting in chateaux, buying local produce from farmers market in Sarlat, etc
I would like to write about my trip in different parts and centred around my gourmet experience. Gourmet, gourmand or gourmandise are words originated in France and I bumped into these words from time to time in this trip, probably just because I have paid more attention after starting my foodblog.
Others you can find my pictures uploaded in flickr.
Part I: Food experience in campsite: Domaine de la Barbanne, St Emilion, Bordeaux
Part V: Gastronomique dinner in La Tertre, St Emilion
Throughout our trip La Barbanne is the best campsite we have stayed in terms of location and facilities. Each pitch has large grassy pitches with dividing hedges for privacy. It is located in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, only 2.5 km from St. Emilion town. One evening we biked to St Emilion town for a gastronomique dinner without worrying coming back after dark to the campsite (Part IV).
Bread has played a pivotal role in French history, even the fresh bakery that La Barbanne orders the bread from is of superlative quality. We have stayed in this campsite for 5 nights which allowed us to try something different each morning.
Tomatoes, aubergine, white zucchini & onions
Simple and nice Ratatouille with chicken & pasta
Domaine de la Barbanne
Route de Montagne, F-33330 St Emilion (Gironde)
For more of my gourmet experience, please stay tuned for Part II – V.