7 Reasons To Go To Bordeaux

Three very happy days were spent in Bordeaux at the end of June. The trip had been very ably organised by Martin. I had so much on my mind, and in a state of mind where I felt unable to plan anything, I knew little about Bordeaux other than that it is a city in France – seriously!

So, I got on the plane with few expectations. I’m happy to say Bordeaux won my heart, and I’d love to go again.

Here are seven reasons why you might love Bordeaux too…

1. Its laid back, relaxed atmosphere

The main part of Bordeaux is relatively small and contained, making it easy to wander around. It’s got lots of pretty, windy streets to wander around, with lovely surprises of little squares with bars and restaurants with outside space.

Central Bordeaux.

Central Bordeaux.

Central Bordeaux

Central Bordeaux

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Pretty mosaic and various posters on a bar front.

Pretty mosaic and various posters on a bar front.

Old door with interesting knocker.

Old door with interesting knocker.

2. The Mirror, next to the river is a lovely place to hang out during the day or evening. It’s really laid back, and a pleasant place to watch the world go by.

People enjoying The Mirror

People enjoying The Mirror

A fine spray - very refreshing on a hot day!

A fine spray – very refreshing on a hot day!

The Mirror by night - beautiful.

The Mirror by night – beautiful.

3. It’s full of history

Bordeaux was the seat of the Dukes of Aquitaine – Eleanor of Aquitaine married the English king Henry II in the twelfth century. The remains of their feudal home are marked.

Stunning historical gateway.

Stunning historical gateway.

Untitled design (13)The Chartreuse cemetery is beautiful. We arrived in our hotel close to midnight, meaning we couldn’t see the view out of our window. The next morning I peered out and saw what appeared to be a miniature town – it took me a minute to realise that it is a cemetery.

Cemetery has been the home of Bordeaux’s families after they die since the early nineteenth century. Little chapels and vaults: while some are in disrepair, many are beautifully maintained.

One grave bears the remains of a man born 1750, and who lived until 1830s – he would have experienced the French Revolution.

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Vault

Vault

Family vault

Family vault

The main bridge over the river – Pont de Pierre built in the Napoleonic era – is spectacular, especially at night.

Pont de Pierre

Pont de Pierre

The Pont du Pierre at night, as seen from the Mirror.

The Pont du Pierre at night, as seen from the Mirror.

Talking of the French Revolution, the memorial to the Girondins (a political group who campaigned for the end of the monarchy, but resisted the terror of the French Revolution and subsequently met the same end as the Louis and Marie Antoinette) is beautiful.

The monument to the Girondin martyrs

The monument to the Girondin martyrs

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4. Friendly folk

In Paris, my attempts at French were sniggered at, the meanies. In Bordeaux, they are far kinder, appreciating my French and helping.

5. Shopping

The centre has a pedestrianised area with pretty much every shop you can think of. Galeries Lafayette is also worth a look, with fabulous concessions. The sales on while we were there, which was lucky for me – not so much for my purse!

Pedestrianised shopping.

Pedestrianised shopping.

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6. Getting around is really easy

Bordeaux has a fantastic tram system that will take you pretty much anywhere in the city. No traffic to hold them up, and as they’re above ground they are a great way to sight see. A day pass is just under 5 Euros. Martin was struggling with a back nerve injury (hence the crutch in the photo below), and the efficient tram system made all the difference to our stay.

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Me, Martin, and his crutch waiting for the tram.

Me, Martin, and his crutch waiting for the tram.

7. So many places to eat and drink

Bordeaux is full of little bars for a glass of wine or beer, as well as bars, bistros, and restaurants serving delicious food – and at very reasonable prices.

Many bistros do a lunch set meal – we enjoyed a dish of bread topped with chopped radishes, fresh trout with rice, and peach melba for 13 Euros. Divine, and an absolute bargain!

I was too busy eating the food to take a photo of it (bad blogger!), so you’ll have to take my word for it….but here’s a photo of a lush raspberry macaron, as well as photos of Martin and I enjoying an al fresco lunch.

Raspberry macaron.

Raspberry macaron.

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10 Comments on 7 Reasons To Go To Bordeaux

  1. Hannah Parker
    September 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

    OOh I love it – we used to go to France all the time as kids but I don’t think we went to Bordeaux (although I’m sure we must have??!) – I’ve been put off going back as I worry about my french but I’m delighted to hear they were much more pleasant in Bordeaux, so I think you may well have tempted me. If not that then for that MASSIVE macaroon!!! thanks for linking up to #TheList xx
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    • Leigh
      September 11, 2015 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

      I can definitely recommend Bordeaux, Hannah! Oh yes that macaron was amazing!!!! xxx

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    • Leigh
      September 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m glad! Enjoy your next trip there… xx

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  2. Megan - truly madly kids
    September 4, 2015 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

    This looks wonderful – your photos are amazing! The mirror looks so much fun! X #thelist
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    • Leigh
      September 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

      It really is, I recommend it to anyone xx

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    • Leigh
      August 12, 2015 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, lovely Aby xxx

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  3. Sally Akins
    August 8, 2015 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    It looks lovely! I’m after some inspiration for city breaks, and I have to admit that I’d never even thought of Bordeaux. Definitely adding it to my list now #TheList
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    • Leigh
      August 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Bordeaux had been off my radar, but I can highly recommend it. I hope you enjoy it if you go! Thanks for commenting xx

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