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November 15, 2012

France: Bordeaux

Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux reflected on a windy day by the largest water mirror of the world (HDR)

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.

Inside Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux (HDR)

The bell tower of Bordeaux’s Cathedral (left), public art (center), and a clock (right). All photos are exposure blended.

La porte Cailhau (HDR)

Looking up at the ceiling of Bordeaux’s grand cathedral (HDR)

Gigi and Becky hanging out in Bordeaux

Inside the nave of Bordeaux’s cathedral (HDR)

In Bordeaux, a modern tram line passes next to the ancient cathedral


  1. Awesome pictures! What equipment/lenses are you using if you don’t mind me asking?

    Comment by therealityofitis — November 15, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

    • Thanks.

      Nikon D7000. More details are in the “about” section. Because the light conditions were marginal, most of these pictures exposure bracketed (HDRI) with handheld exposures and processing through the Nik software suite.

      Comment by anotherheader — November 15, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  2. Wonderful images. I’ve been past Bordeaux many times but somehow never visited. Obviously been missing out!

    Comment by Huw Thomas — November 15, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  3. beautiful photos! thank you for sharing!

    Comment by ronyshapira — November 15, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  4. Love to Explore Bordeaux – thanks for the taste of this Beautiful Place in photos:) Have a Great One!

    Comment by cravesadventure — November 15, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

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