The sun was rising when we arrived at our gate at the Santiago Airport.
Our 3.5 hour layover in Barcelona was spent in a pleasant outdoor courtyard, still within the security zone at the airport. We indulged in tapas and a last bit of Spanish wine and beer from our favourite vineyard. Oops, airport pricing.
In a short flight we crossed the border into France, landing at Bordeaux, and met by our friend, Bruce. He took the scenic route home to La Rit, through rolling hills of vineyards and stopping at the citidel in Blaye, a Unesco World Heritage site designed by military engineer, Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. Vauban had his hand in fortifying 300 locations in France.
Bordeaux is story book lovely, neat little towns, stone buildings, and manicured vineyards.
We arrived at their home, a renovated combination of stone barn and old house, to a dinner of moules and more good bread, rivalling that of Portugal and Gallicia.