J and I are enjoying our cruise around Bordeaux after winning it in a photography competition last year!
Second place photo – featuring the sun and the ‘Cocktail of the Day’.
We arrived on Sunday and with an hour or so spare before getting together for the ‘meet and greet’, I ‘marched’ Julie off to see the German 12th Flotilla submarine pens!
We come back to Bordeaux to visit the old town and historic sites, so thought she wouldn’t mind a walk down the promenade….!
An imposing site…. Although not a Nazi ‘Superweapon’, there were plans for advanced submarines that the Germans never got the chance to build, including ones with revolutionary air-independent propulsion and fully electric boats designed to operate completely submerged, unlike their diesel counterparts that mostly saw action from the surface – where they were more vulnerable to Allied counter-attack. Of course the most infamous ‘Wunderwaffe’ (Miracle Weapons) were the V2 rockets that eventually lead to man stepping foot on the moon with the Saturn V…. can you see the link below…?
We have been following one of those ‘Super Yachts’, never quite able to get close enough to see its name or registration marks…. until we moored up at Pauillac (at one of the street junctions we came across this earthenware sundial dating back to 1815).
Back to the ship…
Although ‘military’ looking, some of the people on our boat had spotted folks waving back at us, plus she flies the civilian ‘defaced Red Ensign’, registered in the Cayman Islands.
Turns out after some web searching, she’s the 75 million US$ – Skat:
Owned by Charles Simonyi, a former Software Engineer from Microsoft (responsible for the Office Suite) and the fifth…….. space tourist!
Sunset from Monday evening…
In yesterday’s (25th July) ship’s newspaper, I found this news snippet:
And whilst walking around Bourg on the River Dordogne, Julie came across this flyer in the Tourist Information Centre:
‘A Night With the Stars’ – a local town’s own Science Night, with planetarium, exhibitions and the like (plus the graphic fits in quite nicely with Rhys’ weather balloon experiments that Andy has been posting…
We had a cruise further down the river during the day before returning to moor overnight at Bourg. Julie and I went for a walk after dinner and came across a local chap feeding a…. ‘Castor’ (link Castor and Pollux being the stars in Gemini)….. so, what is a ‘castor’ in French….?
Yep, I’m that close to a wild beaver – spent a good half hour with him and his two relatives, plus the ducks and enjoyed a lovely sunset before heading back to the vessel…
On our return we found another boat moored alongside us – Americans doing the came cruise, but in reverse! We had a fun chat with them and enjoyed a New Moon…
All taken with with the iPhone!
Damian and Julie