History comes alive in Saint-Emilion’s cobbled streets, vineyards; Moira McCarthy; Boston Herald

France – Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

It was a rainy weekday morning and I was walking up one of the famed Tertres of Saint-Emilion in France, an ancient, beautiful, movie-set of a city where I felt — umbrella held over my head as I walked along the steep cobbled street — oddly like Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”

Paris and even smaller Bordeaux have their own magical charm. But there’s something extra cool about Saint-Emilion, one of the very old but very cared- for cities that sit along the Dordogne River in the eponymous region of France.

Away from modern urban sprawl, Saint-Emilion maintains the look and feel of the bustling city it has long been. Compact and easy to walk, it has history, incredible art, seemingly endless food choices and more than enough stories of old to enchant you.

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