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