This post is dedicated to my time exploring Bordeaux. I recently visited this city for the first time ever and the overall experience was lovely. Described as “the very essence of elegance” Bordeaux is one of the most graceful French cities proudly maintaining its French living spirit.
The definition of visiting Bordeaux was eating well, drinking better and having the liveliest possible time. As we were strolling the most beautiful streets in France, we stumbled upon various places of interest.
Our first stop was the Romanesque cathedral Saint-Andre de Bordeaux, dating back to the 11th century. After the cathedral it was time to check out the Gothic bell tower, the Pey Berland tower. This bell tower stands separate from the cathedral because it was build in the 15th century to give the cathedral a large bell without threatening its structure. We certainly climbed the 233 steps to reach the highest point of the tower and the views from the top were outstanding.
Once we completed this checkpoint it was time for a french coffee break, which we gladly spent on the Place Pay Berland by the Palais Rohan. Next destination was The City of Wine.
The City of Wine (La Cite du Vin) is a high-tech wine museum with many interactive displays and stories about wine in France and rest of the world. On top of that this museum took learning to the next level by providing each visitor with a wine tasting experience in the top floor of the curved aluminium and glass building. Wine with the best views of Bordeaux and the river Garonne, perfect ambient to let the information we gathered earlier sink in.
Our trip involved many stops of food along the way, which allowed us to explore many local and fun restaurants. The only con was that as Londoners we want to get an early start of our day which clashed with the Bordelais’s weekend routine of  eating breakfast after 11am. This made our search for breakfast a real quest as most places were closed in the morning hours of 8-9am. However with Google to the rescue and Black List cafe (opens at 8am) we managed to stay fed and happy.
The Bordeaux region is world famous for some of its food products such as oysters, lamb, duck and raspberries. My favourite local dish was the delicious classic snails dish prepared with garlic. The trip did go without tasting macarons but also we stumbled upon the most perfect patisserie “Opera” by Puy Paulin with magnificent artisan desserts.
This patisserie located in the heart of the old town was very close to the mirror d’eau, one of the most graceful urban sights in France located on the southbank. Reflecting the splendid Palais-de-la-Bourse, the water was not running as it is only on during the summer period. Something to leave for my next visit. However the Palais-de-la-Bourse was still a sight worth admiring.
As the Bordeaux region in France is very well known for their impeccable red wine and numerous wineries. Therefore our trip had to include exploring wineries. Read more about this part in the next post under travel.