Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bordeaux



For locations like this is that I declare myself a “French culture lover”.  Actually, I still believe that I should have moved there a while ago and I think I will eventually.

Bordeaux is a city in the southwest coast of France with a very high number of students, immigrants and bikes.

The grace of this city is not based on its size but on the amount of architecture it has consolidated in such a small space.  Not only amazing to the ones that go for pure tourism – like me - but also to the ones that live there.

The journey started a bit late with my arrival at 11pm aprox.  We headed towards the city centre by bus and then Mimi and her friend (A) gave me a “short-night-tour” by railway. 

The charms of the city include – things you can’t miss:

The Market.  Colorful place with very friendly attendants willing to pose for a picture they will never see. In it you will find a bunch of seafood, which is a normal thing because of the location of Bordeaux.


Santosha and Place Fernand Lafargue.  I am not an asian food lover – my friends will know better – but I must say that it is not only the food they serve in Santosha, but some other details…  The location:  Place Fernand Lafargue is a very bohemian area, which is also the point of reunion for night events, other “cafes” in the “Place” include L’Apollo.  The Sansosha restroom:  a-must-visit piece of the place.  Big and decorated with vivid colors and with lots of flyers for concerts.






Macaroons and Canellés. 2 Master pieces of the French gastronomy.  If you ever go to this place, you should never miss trying either one of them, or both.  I myself stick to the macaroons.


The Great Dune of Pyla.  I must confess that we were 3, and I was the one that had the worst time climbing it.  For those who are a bit “chubby" or had not gone trekking recently, this is a challenge... a necessary challenge.  To meet the tallest sand dune in Europe, to get to see some of the most amazing views, is worth the effort.


Place de la Victoire.  Taking a picture with the turtle in the middle, having a beer in one of the terraces around, watching one of the University of Bordeaux campus, admiring the Arch of the Victory, getting yourself ready to start a compulsive shopping day all across the Rue Sainte-Catherine or just sitting in a bench, will make you love Bordeaux.


My personal recommendation is that you also add a biking tour through the Garonne River and a wine tasting night in the centre during your visit.


 As of me, I will definitely return to visit Mimi and continue discovering hidden places of this bohemian treasure.

Additional info:

  1.  The Port of the Moon, declared World Heritage for the UNESCO 

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