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November 5, 2010

Bordeaux

Filed under: Europe 2010, France, The List, Travel — anotherheader @ 11:07 pm

Becky walks on the water mirror at the Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux

Villa Consuls’ battery powered luggage cart struggled to lift our extensive array of bags from the Sarlat-la-Caneda hotel up out of the old medieval quarter.  By the time the luggage made it to our car on the main street the battery charge indicator was down from five to two lit LEDs.  And it wasn’t that long of a trip.  Even the luggage cart seemed to think that we carried too much luggage.

Les Fontaines de bronze au Monument aux Girondins

Homer, our GPS, took us the fast way down the expressway from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bordeaux.  Our destination was the celebrated “Port of the Moon.”  Modern buildings surround the historic quarter of Bordeaux.  The old town and the port sit incased by a large industrial city.

A college town with a population around 250,000, Bordeaux vibrates with urbanity.  It is a stark contrast to our last stops in quiet, rural St. Emilion and Sarlat-la-Caneda.

“Bordeaux, Port of the Moon,” as the UNESCO World Heritage inscription states, is well worth a visit.  Our two-hour walking tour took us to the waterfront and past numerous historic buildings, statues, and fountains.  Along our way modern art installations appeared including a large, Japanese-style wooden pier that extends a short distance over the river and provides a viewpoint of the city.  Bordeaux reminds us of Paris on a smaller scale.

From Bordeaux we’d leave by car for the 2+ hour drive for a return visit to San Sebastian, Spain.  Though the pinxtos, the Jamon Iberico de Bellota, and the Pimientos de Padron were beckoning, it was hard to pull away from Bordeaux.  There was much more to see and do.  We will have to make another visit.  (How many times do we think that?)

The full set of pictures from Bordeaux has been uploaded to my space on Picasa.


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