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The charm of Bordeaux - Anne L  

If you come to Bordeaux, you should be warned that you run the risk of falling for the city's charms and not wish to leave...

 

Here are my ten "must dos" when visiting the city: 

  • hiring a Vcub rental bike and riding along the quays from Chaban-Delmas bridge to the Quai des Sports. crossing the Pont de Pierre and going along the other side of the river before taking another bridge back.
  • admiring the reflecting pool in front of Place de la Bourse and taking dozens of photos.
  • tasting a canelé (a local cake) or a dune blanche (vanilla cream puffs) on the terrace of a café on Place du Palais.
  • taking a nap on the lawn of the Jardin Public and listening to the whisper of the city.
  • enjoying the view of Bordeaux from Pey Berland tower.
  • discovering the Grands Hommes market and the Cour Mably.
  • walking along rue Notre Dame with bargain hunting at antiques shops.
  • tasting oysters and white wine at the Chartrons market on Sunday  while there, admiring the nearby De Luze cellars.
  • enjoying a glass at one of the Saint-Pierre district's numerous wine bars.

If, after all that, you decide you never want to leave, you will need to make a few concessionsJ... You'll need to learn to say a few regional words:

  • chocolatines instead of pains au chocolat at the baker's,
     
  • poches en plastique at the supermarket check-out instead of sacs,
     
  • a malle (and not a coffre) for a car boot,
     
  • gavé in all sorts of circumstances: les canelés, c’est gavé bon, il a fait gavé beau au Ferret ce weekend etc.

As you can see, it doesn't necessitate a major effort.... Once you come to live in Bordeaux, you can go on to discover Cap Ferret, Arcachon Bay, the Dune du Pyla, Saint Emilion, the wine country, Lacanau, etc. at your leisure. A host of pleasures are waiting for you! 

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