Bordeaux Journals

Bordeaux Beauties

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A travel journal to Bordeaux by MagdaDH_AlexH

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) Photo, Bordeaux, France More Photos
Quote: A day in Bordeaux.

Beauty awake

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Bordeaux Photo, Bordeaux, France
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We only have a day in Bordeaux and probably motivated by this knowledge we manage to spend what in hindsight appears to be an incredibly busy day in the city on the Garonne. Bordeaux was a bit of a revelation for me. I had no expectations of the city as I hardly knew anything of it before we came to visit, but what I found was wonderful. I am not sure if it wasn't partially an exhilaration of simply being a CITY – especially a studenty one with a bit of an edge to it – any city, really, after spending almost four weeks in the Breton countryside. But I still think that Bordeaux specifically has a lot going for it. We managed to somehow drive into the city (easy) and find a centr...Read More

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)

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Attraction | "A grand square, a magic mirror"

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) Photo, Bordeaux, France
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Bordeaux's fortunes have been intimately connected with the river for hundreds of years. Bordeaux was above everything else a port city, a centre of commerce which developed particularly during the period following the marriage of the Eleanor of Aquitaine to the Henri Plantagenet, soon to become the king Henry II of England (1154). The 100 years' war was fought over Aquitaine between the Plantagenet and Valois Frankish kings but until the end of that war in 1454 after the death of Henry V in 1422 Aquitaine was an independent duchy under the supremacy of the Plantagenet kings of England. The English love of Bordeaux wine (which is called "claret" in the UK) undoubtedly developed during the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2011

Place de la Bourse (Place Royale)
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Bordeaux, Aquitaine

Place des Quinconces

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Attraction | "A grand square, a grand column"

Place des Quinconces Photo, Bordeaux, France
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During the French Revolution, Bordeaux remained a stronghold of the Girondists, a fraction of the Jacobines less extreme (though still very much republican) than the Robespierre's Montagnards whose domination eventually led to the purges of the Reign of Terror in which many of the Girondists met their deaths. Eight of the Bordelais Girondists (only seven of them, though, executed in the Terror) are commemorated in a monumental memorial that stands at the western end of the Place des Quinconces, a huge square (supposedly the largest in Europe, although there are quite a few Russian and one Polish contenders to the title). It stretches for over 12 hectares along the banks of the Garonne, in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2011

Place des Quinconces

Bordeaux, Aquitaine

St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre)

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Attraction | "Perfect Gothic"

St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre) Photo, Bordeaux, France
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Unlike most of the celebrated fabric of Bordeaux city, Cathedral Saint-Andre and its adjacent La Tour Pey-Berland date to the medieval rather than 18th century period. The cathedral is undoubtedly a jewel of the city, a perfect example of the soaring French Gothic, in fact an archetypal church of this style as much as the Chartres, Reims or Parisian Notre Dame. Unlike the last two, Saint-Andre's towers have pointed pinnacles, further increasing the vertical emphasis so typical of the French Gothic churches. I have a somewhat extreme emotional attachment to these limestone Gothic buildings because I had to wait so long to see any of them: I read about stone piers, sculptures and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2011

St. Andre Cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Andre)
place Pey Berland
Bordeaux, Aquitaine 33000

Etap Hotel Bordeaux Sud Villenave D'Ornon

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Hotel | "Poor value for money this time"

Etap Hotel Bordeaux Sud Villenave D'Ornon Photo, Bordeaux, France
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I should do a list of all Etap Hotels we stayed in in France once, it would probably lead to a total loss of my credibility among all those people who value individual service, local character and don't like McDonalds. But although it's nice to have some local hospitality or luxury or both sometimes, when travelling for longer periods one has to economise, and staying in chain motels is one of the best ways to economise on accommodation, especially when lumbered (or blessed as it might be) with two children. Well, at least it's a French chain, she says, and proceeds to book another Etap room. This one was in Bordeaux (or rather, as most of the cheaper French chain motels, on the outskirts ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 15, 2011

Etap Hotel Bordeaux Sud Villenave D'Ornon
Centre D'ornon, Chemin de Sarcignan
Villenave D'ornon 33140
(+33)892707514