Monday, December 30, 2013

Beautiful Bordeaux

I only spent a few hours in Bordeaux, but it was enough to whet my appetite for a return visit. What a beautiful city! Parking on the outskirts of town, we took the tram into old Bordeaux disembarking here at Place de la Bourse. These lovely 18th century buildings at one time housed the Stock Exchange and an elegant hotel which is now the site of a museum dedicated to customs, tariffs, and taxes. The view from this spot along a big curve of the Garonne River is framed by several bridges and the houses of wealthy wine merchants who lived here in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Despite a light rain shower, we wandered down the medieval streets that at one time were the slums of Bordeaux. Now they're filled with tiny shops, hidden squares and gardens tucked between buildings...
When you wander in old French cities, it's always a good idea to look up occasionally. We saw this lovely stone sculpture above the door of an old building. It's of the Samaritan Woman at the Well from John 4:7...
The Christmas market was going strong at Place de la Comedie as was the carousel. The place was bustling with shoppers and children. We stopped in the tourist office for some information, drooled over the elegant Grand Hotel de Bordeaux, and snapped some shots of the Grand-Theatre awash in the afternoon sun.
The Grand-Theatre
We ducked into this swanky wine bar for a nibble of charcuterie and a glass of wine before boarding the tram and ending our visit. In the distance, the Monument aux Girondins beckoned from the Esplanade des Quinconces, but that will be for another visit, another day.

1 comment:

  1. It looks great. Even thought we are only about 3-4 hours' drive from Bordeaux, we have never been in all our 16 years here. However, I intend to change that next year. Happy exploring in 2014!