We had a great holiday during our stay in France and Spain.
Week One - Cognac, France
Our cottage is so lovely and such a spacious one and the surrounding is so tranquil. It just gives one so much peace.
Our Cottage (on the righthand side)
Now, does the word Cognac ring a bell? Yes, it's the hard liquor Cognac. It was at the birth place of Cognac and got so excited when I saw the signs Hennessy, Martell Cognac, Cognac Otard, Camus and Remy Martin. Now, don't get me wrong that I drink but I don't. When I saw these signs I had to think of my father because he loves to drink them and I wished that he was here with me in Cognac.
The vineyards in this region are the largest in Europe planted with white vine-plants, are mainly given over to the production of cognac. In 2007, it reached a record heights with 160 million bottles shipped all over the world where the name is synonymous with luxury and the French art of good living.
Here are the abbreviations on the bottles:
Les V.S (Very Special) or ***(3 star) at least two years old
Les V.S.O.P (Very Superior Old Pale) Reserve : at least four years old
Les X.O (Extra Old) : at least six years old
The tower behind us : St. Jacques Towers (former gateway to town). Birthplace of King Francis 1st, was born on 1494. This castle is currently home to an important cognac trading company.
Enough of those drinks. Now, we move on to an abbey called Abbey Fondouce.
As you can see that there are two parts of coffins of which the longer one was a burial place of the monk and the shorter and rounder one was for the brother who buried their monk. Accordingly, only the head of the brother was buried on this and the rest of the body was on the earth.
La Rochelle, a small city close to the coastline
Taking a break after a long drive
Week Two - Barcelona, Spain
The famous, Sagrada Familia by Gaudi
This un-finished project started in 1882 and stopped in 1926 after Gaudi was hit by a car. The project was resumed in 1952 and till today it's still constructing.
This is the newer part of the project
The famous shopping street, La Rambla
Guess who has the pink flipper
Unesco World Heritage, Bourges Catheral
We were to lucky that the service was ongoing while we were there.
This catheral has stained glass windows throughout the catheral
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