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Bordeaux - La Cité du Vin - ata photo

Bordeaux - bird's-eye view - ata photo

Walking by the river, you pass the Place de la Bourse, and the large reflective pool in front of it. A little further on is Europe’s largest city-center square, Place des Quinconces. At this point, on a whim, we turned in towards the Marché des Quais, an open-air market by the riverside. Every Sunday between 7am and 3pm the space is filled with stallholders selling everything from the finest French cheeses to fresh mussels and oysters. If you’re looking for the true taste of France, there’s no better place than this.” (2018)

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“There are no less than five thousand photogenic buildings in the classical style in the downtown area. Many ride bicycles, skateboards, or electric scooters, often along the flat tracks of the city’s trams. On the streets, however, plenty of wheelless bicycle frames are chained to railings. Another unpleasant aspect of the general street scene is how many smokers there are. Many houses are derelict, and the side windows of several cars showed that someone could not resist curiosity. There is a driverless tram, but these days that won’t necessarily strike many people as such a remarkable curiosity.

Is it worth traveling to Bordeaux? Yes. for 2-3 days. There is enough to keep visitors occupied without doing the same things twice.” (j.d., 2019)

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Of course, we were interested in the perfectly preserved historical center. Most buildings are on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique urban and architectural symbols of the Enlightenment. There were many more tourists here than in other places we visited on this trip. Since Bordeaux is a big industrial city and its infrastructure operates all year round, and there is no ‘low season’, all cafes, restaurants, and bars were open and full of visitors, as were the outdoor markets and street concerts. There are a lot of museums in the city, but there is no point in listing them. I will only note that, in addition to the classic museums, there is also a submarine museum and., more interestingly, a wine museum (as there should be in this region!). The city left a pleasant impression, and we would happily visit again.” (2020)

 

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Bordeaux - Le Café Français Bistrot & Brasserie since 1899 - ata photo

Public safety


“The city is littered with dog crap. One of Europe's largest and longest shopping streets, Rue Saint Catherine, is 1.2 kilometers long, and one end of it certainly becomes adventurous after 8 p.m. Local Afro-French gang members start to turn a predatory eye on anyone who looks like a tourist. On Sunday, patrols armed with NATO-compatible machine guns came as a surprise. They patrolled in groups of four, within sight of each other. I suppose it is an interesting piece of local color but also a bit depressing since it suggests that there may be something we should be afraid of.” (j.d., 2019)


Bordeaux - the violinist strikes a balance - k.h. photo

Background

Bordeaux - ata photo

Destination in brief

Bordeaux city is in southwestern France in a region called Aquitaine. The Garonne River flows through the town.
Bordeaux is about 45 km (28 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean.  During the ocean's high tide, you can observe in the town the rising water level of the Garonne. 

Population (in 2020): 969,000

Average net monthly salary (in 2020): 2000 Euro

The old part of Bordeaux, with its port (Porte de la Lune), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Bordeaux evokes the past with at least five thousand (!) Gothic or Baroque buildings, many of them are from the 17th century.

Geography

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Bordeaux -allée - ata photo

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Bordeaux - Place de la Bourse Square & Miroir d'Eau, built in classical French 18th century style - ata photo

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