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.

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Vin Rouge

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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

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