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Thursday, 09 August 2018 16:05

AMA Waterways River Cruise - Taste of Bordeaux

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IMG 8260Right now, I am flying home from a most satisfying trip to Paris and the Bordeaux wine region. Satisfying because all 20 of our group were actively participating in mind and body. River cruising may have a reputation as a sedentary mode of travel for seniors, but this one was nothing like that ... at least for our 20.

Daily agendas included yoga and stretching on the top deck at 7AM, a hearty breakfast followed by a morning walk with our local guides. Yes, occasionally this included wine tasting in wine caves before lunch back onboard. The afternoons were regularly exploring trails through the vineyards by bicycle. I’ll bet we averaged over 12 miles per day as we road between towns along the rivers. Once, we rode the bikes into the town of St. Emillion to on cobblestone streets. Another time we visited the town of cognac for a day of tasting ... well cognac.
Back onboard you could take in a strengthening class with stretch bands taught by a top-notch wellness expert. Better clean up fast because cocktail hour, dinner and dancing will complete the night. Exhausting ... if you want it to be.

A truly satisfying European trip for me calls for cultural stimulation and plenty of it. Did I learn something today that I never thought about? Did I share a moment with a local person and connect with them about every day life? Did I challenge myself to have an experience slightly out of my comfort zone? Hey, just finding our way around Paris or boarding the TVG with too much luggage in the correct coach qualifies.

Specifically, this type of trip, is promoted as learning wine making across the ages. Yes, our trip can check that box and we now understand wine making and wine buying even more. Satisfying for me is the understanding how man shared wine making challenges with other countries and persevered through droughts, World Wars, diseases and politics. I leave this life experience, once again, feeling exhilarated and satisfied that we have more in common with The French than not.

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