Monday, 28 August 2006

Bienvenue a Bordeaux II

A truly amazing city and we are definitely going back.
We found a lovely typically French bar in the Place de Grand Homme which is in the really posh bit of Bdx (where it seems they spray the streets with perfume).  Bar was the cheapest one we went in.  Saw an amazing really really posh wedding - some of the guests looked as if they had just walked out of the pages of Vogue!
Did the whole of Rue Ste Catherine, but in two hits.  University end a bit seedy, but still amazing.  The gallery at the top end was beautiful with what looks like the oldest toy/model shop in France.  Noses pressed up against the windows in delight!
Tourist office somewhere behind the Bourse area had the most amazing pictures/exhibition of old Bordeaux and its history.  We thought oh not another tourist office, but it isn't!

We did not have a fixed plan and all we did was walk and walk and walk. Not even Alex complained.

 Round every corner was something else to look at - architecture, a window, art nouveau - Jane, Denny and I keep on saying we could have spent a week there.

Round the back of the Hotel de Ville is the most amazing Art Deco museum in the Hotel de Lalande.  This is a must see - it is free and is truly fascinating.  There is an armoire on the ground floor with doors similar to our front in the kitchen.  It is Louis XV so goodness knows how old ours is!

Anyway, guests demanding attention so will stop waffling.


Tonya R said...

Wow, really lovely pics. glad you enjoyed your holiday

Lesley said...

I'm a bit late for this, but the place to go for patchwork-type fabrics in Bordeaux is not in Bordeaux but just outside the city in Gradignan. I can't remember the name for the moment but it's just off the rocade so you could stop off on your next trip to the dreaded Ikea. I took my quilting périgourdine MIL recently and she was like a pig in clover!