Arrondissement de Bordeaux

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  • Day1


    May 4 in France

    Wake up late -> take a nap -> go out for a beer and walk around

    Trying to get in the new mindset of having no schedule and no obligations, but it’s not that easy! We are formatted to be busy and productive. We’ll need a few more beers to get there :)

  • Day4

    Slipper Time

    April 30 in France

    This is the slipper portion of the trip, the one-off extravagant portion. Boarded the River Royale and today is the first day of wine tasting on the Dordogne and Gironde rivers. Today's winery visit was Chateau La Tour, beautiful grounds dating back to the Middle Ages. You can spend the night there for 300€ per night, book both of the bedrooms with friends and you get the entire chateau to yourself! Back to the ship, it's nice not having to think about your next move really. Biggest decisions of the day are what excursion to do and what to order for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Speaking of breakfast, the first one was lovely. They have an enormous menu and a few specials that changes daily. I couldn't understand the waiter (many are Eastern European), and after asking twice what it was, I decided not to ask a third time, entirely too excessive. Turns out it was crepes with cherry sauce and whipped creme. Decided on Eggs Benedict (soon to be my go to), french toast, roasted tomatoes, bacon, coffee. Going to love breakie. Gotten pretty good at my mercis, s'il vous plaîts and bonjours, but not much else. When I do use French on board, they always respond in English. Probably something that they are supposed to do. So happy that I decided to come in 2 nights early into Bordeaux. Just about jet lag free. Had a solid night sleep. Keeping to myself, for now. We'll see if I get chatty or not.
    GAHR-ron = Garonne, river
    CAD-ee-ak = Cadillac, city
    DOOR-don = Dordogne, river
    Bly = Blaye, city
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  • Day422

    We've been here almost a week, time to check out the city of Bordeaux! The world heritage listing for the city describes it as the "Port of the Moon", named after the crescent-shaped bend in the river.

    Historically it's been one of France's most important port cities, key to the trade with England, the Low Countries, and later the West Indies, Africa, and South America. It's also got fascinating architecture, as it was redesigned in the 18th century and that redesign directly inspired Baron Haussmann when he was redesigning Paris. Time for a look around!

    We caught the tram in from our commuter town, quite a way at 30 minutes. Started off at the river where we filmed a bit, then headed to the tourist info to pick up a map of the key UNESCO sights to see. We spent the next 5 or so hours wandering around the city, roughly following the itinerary.

    There's some great stuff here, a few old gates from the long-gone city walls, a beautiful theatre, the hotel-de-ville, a large crescent-shaped stock exchange building, and lots of lovely little streets and alleys, all very walkable. It was great weather as well so we had quite a nice day out.

    Had some baguettes for lunch again, as we'd had an expensive day yesterday! By 3pm we were both a bit tired from wandering and headed home, where we spent the rest of the day.
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  • Day42

    Bordeaux: Cité du Vin

    June 12 in France

    We had to visit the Cité du Vin (City of Wine), the International Wine Museum. We enjoyed tasting some wines from around the world. We were given a chip card, which we inserted into the slot, then we picked which wine we wanted to taste and it was dispensed automatically. At the end the chip card is totaled up. Each of our tastes was about 1€50 (about $1.75). There were more expensive ones, of course. So many choices, but Dean still had to drive, so we limited ourselves.Read more

  • Day42


    June 12 in France

    Our host's daughter could speak some English, and she helped us figure out the Park and Ride system for the Tram into Bordeaux. (It wasn't easy!) Bordeaux is an old French city on the Garrone river, with lots of 18th to 19th century mansions, a palace, a grand theater, and cathedrals of course. Renovations are ongoing, but they have a long way to go.

    This is Place du la Bourse, the most famous picture-spot in the city with its Mirror d’Eau reflecting the grand palace, and the Three Graces Fountain in front. There are nice views of the river and its bridges too.Read more

  • Day2

    Le Corbusier in Pessac

    April 28 in France

    So this cool architect (think Le Corbusier chaise lounge) decides to design and build a city. He took into account social and economic factors, and was determined to build the plan to provide people with low-cost, predetermined, homogeneous cubist structures. This began in 1920, a man thinking well ahead of his time with Henry Fruges, the philanthropist behind it.

  • Day9

    Back to Bordeaux to dock for the end of the fabulous cruise. Free day in the city so I decided to hit as many sights that I missed earlier. Love, love, loved Cite du Vin (thanks Robin!). It is super high tech with all kinds of hands on exhibits, ALL ABOUT WINE. It is said that to do the entire museum takes 9 hours. I was limited for time, and was able to cover two of the eight floors. Well done and super sleek.Read more

  • Day42

    Monuments in Bordeaux

    June 12 in France

    This is a monument to the French Revolutionaries. It was good to see it has been cleaned and is nice and white again. The cathedral is also being cleaned up. The tower was built separately, to reduce the instability of the cathedral. And we saw a nice historic city gate with a grand facade.

  • Day166

    Le Cite de Vin

    February 16, 2017 in France

    Cool this morning so I headed to the wine museum. It was huge and took me 4.5 hours to get through it. Lots of information and lots of hands on stuff. I finished off with my tasting on the 8th floor overlooking the city. They actually were actually pouring a 2014 Note Bene from Black hills winery and last week a 2013 Syrah from Painted Rock. I told the ladies I was from that region and they were full of questions and I was happy to talk about the okanagan wines. They even had a flyover of the okanagan featured in their film. It's a huge facility. They had absolutely no ice wines from Canada. Heading off to La Rochelle tomorrow. Booked myself into a hotel with my hotels bonus points and am using my one free night. After I check out tomorrow I will have another free night that u will use later. Yippee! Huge luxury bed!Read more

  • Day50

    Day 48

    July 17, 2017 in France

    Bus day today, crossing the border from Spain into France again into Bordeaux

    Only a short trip got in at 1 and we couldn't get in the hostel until 4 so we walked around and ticked off all the major sights in the afternoon

    Then had a 3 course meal for dinner which was cheap only €17.60 Prawns, Steak and chips, then a delicious chocolate cake and custard and almonds and it was great!!

    My feet are full of blisters and are absolutely killing me so tomorrow will be a day of rest. Supposed to get to 38 degrees and the hostel has no aircon but a day of chilling out is needed. The fatigue is definitely catching up now but these next couple of stops before Paris will be very chilled out😊Read more

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