Cul­tural break

Bordeaux Wine Trip - - Bordeaux Wine Routes -

The 3 Maisons des Il­lus­tres (Homes of il­lus­tri­ous per­sons) in the Gironde are in Graves and Sauternes!

La Brède - Château de Mon­tesquieu (1689-1755)

Mon­tesquieu, a man of let­ters, mag­is­trate and Pres­i­dent of the Bordeaux Par­lia­ment, of­ten stayed at the Château de La Brède (13th cen­tury), find­ing there a good en­vi­ron­ment to think and write www.chateaula­

Do­maine de Mala­gar - Saint-maix­ant

François Mau­riac (1885-1970), spent all his hol­i­days at Mala­gar, and was in­spired by the place when writ­ing ‘Flesh and Blood’ (‘La Chair et le sang’), ‘Destins’ and ‘Vipers’ Tan­gle’ (‘Le Noeud de vipères’). Care­fully pre­served, the writer’s abode wel­comes you into his world. In the former cel­lar, now con­verted into an ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre, dis­cover mov­ing fam­ily pho­tos, as well as his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments and videos that trace Mau­riac’s life (No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture in 1952) through­out the 20th cen­tury. www.mala­

Château Mal­romé - Saint-an­dré-du-bois

The painter Henri de Toulouse-lautrec (1864-1901) used to come here to rest af­ter his Parisian es­capades. It was also here that he took his dy­ing breath on 9th Septem­ber 1901. Af­ter vis­it­ing the Château, make your way to Verde­lais to see the painter’s rest­ing place, in the shadow of the fam­ily cross of the Counts of Toulouse. www.mal­

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