Bonjour mes amis. Greetings as I continue my sojourn through France. I spent yesterday morning in the quaint wine-growing town of Saint.Emilion Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located 35 kilometres (21.7 miles) east of Bordeaux. This village can only be described as a jewel. Its history can be traced back to prehistoric times. There are wonderful Romanesque churches and amazing ruins. Here are some photos I took.
In the afternoon, I visited the town of Cognac and toured the medieval castle of Jean-Baptiste Antoine Otand. Baron Otand established a French cognac house in 1795 and the company has since remained in the hands of the same family since.
Chateau de Cognac is birthplace of King Francis I of France who was born there on September 12, 1494. Cognac, of course, lends its name to a variety of brandy produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town.
A section of the castle served as a prison during wars. The prisoners carved their names and various images on the on the limestone as you can see in the photo below.