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Review: Bordeaux

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Bordeaux, France

Beautiful Bordeaux

  • By SilverTraveller Gouckie

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  • Sep 2014
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Having visited France several times I was looking forward to discovering a town I'd never visited before. I was not disappointed. After an hour and a half's flight from Liverpool, I took a taxi (30 euros) to my home for the next 7 days: a lovely chambres d'hotes called Blue Lodge in Bordeaux. I could have taken the navette which leaves the airport every hour at a cost of 7 euros, but I was in a rush to get started on my exploration. Bordeaux has undergone an almost complete rejuvenation over the past 20 years and is so easy to get around with an amazing, modern, convenient tram system in place (12 euros for a weekly ticket). If you don't want to take a tram, use your pre-paid ticket for a local bus or even the little boat which travels up and down the riverside all day long. For such a large city, it is very relaxed, thanks to it being so pedestrian friendly. I spent hours sitting on the riverside watching young and not-so-young rollerblading, jogging and cycling along the quai where no traffic is aloud. A must-see attraction is the simple, yet joyous Miroir d'eau In front of the Place de la Bourse. It is a large flat expanse of water about one inch deep! where children can play safely. When everyone disperses it becomes a beautiful reflection of the historic buildings nearby. Restaurants are plentiful, but more interesting around the Place du Palais and Place du Parlement. If you prefer something with a North African flavour, you can't go wrong in the cafes around Fleche St Michel. If you want to sit and watch the world go by and aren't too thirsty, take a seat near the Grand Theatre (drinks round here are quite pricey!) An hour from Bordeaux by train is the lovely seaside town of Arcachon and about 40 minutes in the opposite direction is St Emilion, so go and indulge your taste buds and sample some glorious wine. Bordeaux is reasonably flat, so suitable for those with limited mobility and although a University Town has something for every age group. People are polite and helpful, so I will certainly be heading back there again soon. Recommended even for a weekend away as travelling time is achievable.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 2 Comment(s)

  • pink
    over 3 years ago
    we spent most our time in arcachon ~ the water's beautiful and inviting, and there are wonderful pine forests to walk through: perfect for a family holiday.
  • Su
    about 5 years ago
    We hired bikes when we visited. It was lovely to ride along the river.