An autumn Sunday in Bordeaux - Camille D  

11 am: welcome to the Sunday market on the Quai des Chartrons. Bunches of fresh flowers, country bread, chestnut honey, platefuls of oysters, and a wonderful selection of beef... What a great sight! You can hear the cheese monger bragging about the quality of his wares as well as smell roasting chicken and flambéed prawns. The Bordelais are all around, shopping baskets in hand, buying food for the coming week.  This market is a must on Sunday!


At 3 pm, and now that the fresh food from the Chartrons market has been cooked and eaten, it's time to go for a walk in the Jardin Public. The public garden is extremely colourful in autumn with  infinite shades of red, yellow, ochre, and orange. The walk takes us past sumptuous Haussmanian apartment buildings. We cross a bridge, stop a moment at the children's playground to hear their bursts of laughter, then sit down on a bench in the sun to enjoy a game of cards.  We can hear the marionette show at the Théâtre Guignol in the backgound. This remains as popular as ever.

The sun starts to set slowly at 5 pm, but the day is not over yet:  Bordeaux has a few more tricks up its sleeve... Our Sunday comes to an end at the Utopia, a wonderful arthouse cinema located in a former monastery on Place Camille Jullian. While waiting for the film to start, it's always a pleasure to admire the beams, ceiling lights and religious statues in the aisles. This decor never ceases to amaze us.  The room goes dark, everyone stops talking, and the film starts.

7 pm: night has finally fallen, but we still don't want to miss out on all Bordeaux has to offer. The city is attractively illuminated and the most beautiful monuments are shown off to their best advantage. Passers-by stop to appreciate Jaume Plensa's statue in front of the Grand Théâtre – a woman's head that seems absolutely flat – that we admire every morning on the way to work. One of our much-loved trams rounds a corner onto the Cours de l'Intendance.

This is yet another wonderful autumn Sunday in Bordeaux!

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