Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Train of the Great Vineyards - Saint Emilion

This August, 2007, and last August - 2006, we visited the pretty town of Saint Emilion. Their we took the train "Le Train des Grands Vignobles". It costs 5.50 Euros each and kids go free. The trip lasts about 35 minutes and commentary is in English. Basically you sit on a small "train" which tours through vineyards surrounding Saint Emilion. The train also stops at Chateau Rochebelle for visitors to get off and purchase some wine - we preferred to buy our wine in the town itself.

Notable chateaux that one can see along the way include Troplong Mondot, La Mondotte, Pavie, Pavie Decesse, Ausone, La Gaffeliere, Angelus, and Beausejour. The trip was well worth money though if you don't have any small kids then I think it would be nice to spend some more time and take a leisurely long walk. Speaking of small kids, if you have a pram or pushchair then you can leave it at the tour office whilst you go on the train or stroll around the town and pick it up later.

Here are some pictures that I took (from both 2006 and 2007) :

Website : Le Train des Grands Vignobles

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