I wasn't sure where to go for my half day your of Bordeaux so I left the hostel early to go to the tourism office and ask. All I have to do is go inside the office and the driver will pick me up. Perfect.
I get to the booth for the Millésmia tour at 11:15.
I'm slightly nervous because I have to be back at the tourist office by 1:30 for my other tour of the day. I have no idea how long I'll be gone. A girl leads us to a bus who then drives us to the warehouse. I'm the only English speaker, awkward, so the tour guide translates everything just for me. I definitely got the Cliff Notes version.
We walk through a huge warehouse full of boxes upon boxes of wine.
Halfway through the tour, our guide tells us that whoever can guess the cost of a half case of Château Margaux will get a free lunch at the 'Garden Party' just outside.
Guess who won? THIS GIRL.
I'm enjoying my free lunch but have a sinking suspicion I'll miss my other tour. It's 1:00 and the bus that takes us back into the city doesn't come until 1:15. It takes at least 15 minutes to get back, which means I'm definitely going to be late.
I sit in the front seat and inwardly scream at the cars in front of us to drive faster. As soon as we stop I start running towards the tourism office, thank goodness it isn't far, when all of a sudden I feel my bag getting loose. I turn around and see my purse and new wine glass on the ground! Gah! My bag had unzipped itself due to the unnatural running, and my poor wineglass shattered. I didn't have time to mourn the loss. I grabbed my stuff and huffed into the office. "Oh you're who were waiting for!" Oops. Sorry for holding up the tour everyone. I'm that girl I guess. I did get a prime seat in the front though.
Our first stop is Château Saint Ahon where we get a tour of the facilities and see the tanks and barrels.
Then time for our tasting.
I got back into Bordeaux at 6:30 and saw that the wine festival was still going strong. I decided to quick pop in, just to get my money's worth of course.
First I had to stop by the ticket office to try and get a new wine glass since mine was shattered. At first she told me I'd need to buy a new one, but I must have had the most devastated look on my face because she rolled her eyes and handed me a new one. *phew* I celebrated by drinking some more wine as I headed to the hostel.
Tomorrow is a full day of wine festival. I head to bed early in preparation.