Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Sitting in McDonald's again...our escape to civilization, the place where we can use free Internet, toilet and water... McDonalds is maybe the best reflection of todays civilization. Fat, fast-eating people, always driving a car, some of them eating without even getting off their car. Here, in France McDonalds is constantly full of people...from morning till evening the queues are never ending...sometimes we think that people never eat at home.  Even 2-3 years old kids are eating hamburgers...so sad. We hope Bulgarians never follow this European tendency...

St Emilion-the town of red wine
We came to St Emilion looking for grape-picking. An old village, surrounded by vineyards by all sides...endless vineyards ...so immense that I got lost on my way to a castle (Gena was waiting for me somewhere with the backpacks)...like a giant labyrinth with small streets and vineyards on both sides...all looked the same to me. I was running, shouting, asking people...I was wondering whether to laugh or to cry...and after one hour wondering through the grapes I finally found Gena... Sleeping in this region was also a nightmare. There was literally no land without grapes...only castles and grapes for kilometers around. We had to sleep either between the vineyards or in the yard of some castle. Using the tent was impossible. We stayed there one night and decided to continue to Pyrenees mountain.

Dordogne, the big brown river

the pedestrian street in Bordeaux

After 2 hours unsuccessful hitch-hiking to Toulouse, we decided to stay in Bordeaux. Bordeaux- the city that gave the name to a color - the color of wine. Here we stayed 2 days with Julien in a caravan. After that we continued to the biggest dune in Europe on the Atlantic beach. Quite a lot of sand surrounded by the ocean on one side and the biggest pine-tree forest on the other. 

The first bridge in Bordeaux built by Napoleon. When we arrived the traffic jam on the bridge was terrible. 
"The Mirror" in Bordeaux

the caravan
After Bordeaux we hitch-hiked to the biggest dune in Europe - Dune de Pyla - 107 m high and 500 m wide. Really impressing, but quite touristic as well. It looks perfect for sand-boarding, and some people were even paragliding from it. The nice thing about it is that on one side it is surrounded by big pine-tree forest and to the other- the immense Atlantic ocean.

the biggest dune by the biggest forest...

Beautiful but quite touristic place...

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