France – Day 25: A Weekend in Bordeaux (Part Two) 

My second day in Bordeaux started by going for a walk by La Flèche Saint-Michel, and the Jardin Botaniques de France et des pays francophones.  

Bordeaux, France

La Fleche Saint-Michel

  
Bordeaux

Jardin Botaniques

    

Our group then made out way to Le Marché des Capucins, where there was an abundance of fresh fruits, baked goods and more. While there we found a vendor that sold fresh empanadas (not French but delicious ha). I had the chèvre et miel one (which is goats cheese and honey), it was warmed up and it was divine! 

After the market, my friend and I made our way towards Grande Cloche, which was truly stunning.  

Bordeaux

Grande Cloche

   

After Grande Cloche we went to Jardin Public, where we ate fruit and people watched for a little while. Around lunchtime we started to look for a place to eat, so we then made our way back towards Place des Quinconces. We ate lunch together and then decided to go our separate ways to finish off the day before we had to meet the entire group. 

Bordeaux

Jardin Public

  
Bordeaux

Jardin Public

 

On my own, I walked down rue St Catherine again and did a little window shopping. I took the tram from rue St Catherine to the waterfront. 
I decided to spend my last few hours in Bordeaux by sitting in a café, people watching and writing in my journal.   

France – Day 24: A Weekend in Bordeaux (Part One)

I had the opportunity to go into Bordeaux with four other members of my group from La Giraudiere.

I initially was planning to go to Saintes and Angoulême this weekend but decided I would join the group and go with them.

I am very glad I did.

Bordeaux is a truly amazing city. Full of beautiful architecture, art, wine and so much more.

Day 24 

We arrived via train Saturday morning and got into Bordeaux around lunch time.

Our group of five split into different directions depending on what people wanted to see.

One friend bought the Bordeaux City Pass from the Office de Tourisme – 25€ for 1 day and 30€ for 2 days. The City Pass gave her access to the buses and trams in the city, free entry into all the museums, a boat tour, and a bus tour. So it is definitely worth checking out if it interests you.

Two other friends targeted the main sights and attractions to get a brief glance into Bordeaux’s history. Another good option to see some of the highlights of Bordeaux.

For me, I wanted to mostly just get a feel for the city, see the sites and of course drink some wine. A friend and I walked from the station down along the river and then walked inland to find some lunch. We stumbled upon a cute café where we had quiche, and I had a glass of tasty red wine.

Volunteer in France

Vin Rouge

Volunteers in France

Vegetable Quiche

Luckily enough we ate lunch at a café that was just around the corner from the Basilique de Saint Michel. By the time we got there a flee market was just ending. They had loads of different things – such as clothing, furniture, cooking utensils, fruit and more.

Cultural Immersion in Bordeaux France

Basilique de Saint Michel

Volunteers in Bordeaux France

Basilique de Saint Michel

We then worked our way towards Place de la Victoire, where Université de Bordeaux II and the Musée d’Ethnographie are situated. While we were there we stumbled upon a rugby festival, with activities and music playing.

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Place de la Victoire

Place de la Victoire

Université de Bordeaux II

We then made our way to rue St Catherine, which is a 1.2 km pedestrian street rich with history. It is a highly popular street with a lot of commercial shops along it. While we walked I stumbled upon a juice shop (can you tell I love these!) and got a Nutella smoothie – it had frozen yogurt, nutella, banana and vanilla in it – so yummy!

Rue St Catherine, Bordeaux, France

Fresh Fruit – Rue St Catherine

Rue St Catherine, Bordeaux, France

Nutella Smoothie – Rue St Catherine

Our next stop was Basilique de Saint Andrés where we found another festival, this time focusing on accessibility. There were entertainers and lots of information around.

Volunteers in Bordeaux, France

Basilique Saint Andrés

Volunteers in Bordeaux, France

Basilique Saint Andrés

We then found Hotel de Ville (city hall), and made our way to Grand Théatre, where we saw lots of people dancing and simply enjoying life.

Grand Théatre - Bordeaux, France

Dancing near Grand Théatre

Grand Théatre - Bordeaux, France

Place de la Comédie – Grand Théatre

We topped the day off with a walk to the river, dinner at a yummy local restaurant, and a walk across the river to our hotel for the night.

Boardwalk along Garonne River - Bordeaux, France

Boardwalk along La Garonne

Monument aux Girondins - Bordeaux, France

Monument aux Girondins

Place de la Bourse - Bordeaux, France

Place de la Bourse

Mirror d'eau - Bordeaux, France

Mirror d’eau

Belle Campagne Local Restaurant - Bordeaux, France

Vin Rouge, Belle Campagne Local Restaurant

Belle Campagne Local Restaurant - Bordeaux, France

Homemade Hommos et Naan, Belle Campagne Local Restaurant

Belle Campagne Local Restaurant - Bordeaux, France

Chevre Ravioli, Belle Campagne Local Restaurant

La Garonne - Bordeaux, France

Sunset along La Garonne

France – Day 20, 21, 22 & 23: Post-Graduation Reflections

This week marks a year since I graduated university. Several of my friends are graduating this week, and I am so proud!

At this time I can’t help but think about where I am now since I have graduated. Yes, you got it, reflecting again!

I am pretty excited with where I am right now. Since graduating I haven’t truly figured out what I want to do. I know that my degree was the right decision and I know that I am heading in the right direction.

There are times when I get very overwhelmed and I feel so lost, but there are times like right now, when I feel at ease and happy with the direction of my life.

I usually associate these feelings of ease with my yoga and meditation practice.

I also think that being away from family, friends and my partner makes me realize just how much love I have in my life.

Now onto Day 20, 21, 22, 23 of my current trip to France!

Day 20

Today was a work day. I spent the morning running through all the new applications for La Giraudiere the project I am currently interning at in the south west of France. If you are interested in learning more about the project you can check out their website. At the end of my internship I will do a more detailed post about my experience and thoughts about the program.

Day 21

Another working day. Today I had the opportunity to speak with a French women before dinner. I was pleasently surprised to learn that I could understand quite a lot of what she was saying. Learning the language is definitely a slow and steady process.

Intern in south west France

Beautiful sunset in Brossac – the Charante region of France

Day 22

Today was another working day, so I will spare you the details. It was a beautiful, hot day in Brossac. For dinner we went to a local Fish and Chips restaurant where we had some drinks and great food. I started my dinner with a nice cold beer, perfect on a very hot day.

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Cold beer in Chalais – Charante region of France

As I am a vegetarian I did not eat fish, I had a salade verte avec les frites (salad with fries). For dessert I had a delicious fondant au chocolat. This was by far the greatest cake I have had, maybe ever. It was just divine.

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Fondant au chocolat in Chalais – Charante region in France

Day 23 

Today I had another group French lesson, which was much more successful than the week before. After the lesson I went for a brief walk around the area before I sat down with the rest of the group to have dinner.

Charante region in France

Beautiful views in Brossac

After dinner, two other volunteers and I went into the village to play Pétanque with some locals. This was definitely a good way to practice my French. While there I learned that I should no longer say I do not speak French, but instead say I do and really work on listening and figuring out how to respond to the person whom I am speaking with. Having a little bit more faith in my abilities.

Pétanque in France

Playing pétanque

France – Day 17, 18 & 19

I fell a few days behind. Oops! 
Day 17 

Today was rather uneventful, but a  very relaxing day. I walked into town to buy some bread. I Facetimed with my parents, made some travel plans for next weekend and did some French homework. 
   
   

Day 18

Today I went to a brocante in a local town. A brocante is like a large flea market. Each weekend a different town hosts the brocante. 

At the brocante I bought myself two new wallets. Finally, as I have had the same wallet for five years. That particular one coming from Florence, Italy. 

  

I also got some fraises et vanille glacée Italienne as a treat before I left. 

  
I finished the night with a night big bowl of pasta,  accompanied by a nice drink. Yum! 

 

Day 19

Today I went to a local market, bought some fresh strawberries and a veggie samosa. 

  

I finished the day by having another French lesson, planning, working and relaxing. Overall a very productive and relaxing day.