Our only visit to Bordeaux was a virtual whistle stop. A two-hour stop in such a vibrant and complex city can only hope to be an appetizer. We were scheming a return even as we departed. During this year’s visit to France we’d get our chance.
There was no grand agenda for this year’s Bordeaux sojourn. We wandered the streets finding what we could find. Bordeaux has spectacular churches, massive old city gates, a grand theater, an historic waterfront, and numerous fountains both old and modern. The city combines the energy of a university town with more than enough history to warrant its UNESCO World Heritage designation. In Bordeaux old and new collide in a sometimes fashionable and other times gritty manner. Through it all the urban jumble of Bordeaux is intriguing. Bordeaux is a treat for the eye. It is a photographer’s paradise.
There was only one problem with our visit. It was too short. Bordeaux has so many things to see that for us each visit insists on another. A single full day is woefully inadequate. Next time we promise to stay longer and explore deeper.