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Bordeaux, France

2 Feb
Cafe au lait

Café au lait avec du croissant

 

The Space

Unlike Paris, Bordeaux is more spread out and open. Both cities, however, share beautiful architecture and open displays of art.

open space

Open square at the intersection of four streets

 

rue st catherine

Shoppers returning from Rue Catherine, the largest shopping street in Bordeaux

 

fountain

And then a cool fountain with a non-cool poser

 

 

The Street Art

face art

dancers

Street dancers performing at brunch

street performers

This nonsensical display

The People

Cyclists, skateboarders, and lots of dogs and babies. Bordeaux had a very suburban let’s-settle-here-and-raise-a-family-but-still-be-cool vibe.

bikers

I don’t actually know these people, but they seem nice

bikers again boarders

sometimes riding a bike is scary

NB: European bikes are NOT like North American bikes, or at least any I have rode before. The handles are lower and extremely sensitive, and this requires a quick, but terrifying learning curve. Hence, the panic.

 

The Wine

Bordeaux has been making wine since the 8th century and is home to thousands of wine producing châteaux, and some of the most expensive wine in the world. Naturally, I needed to take a tour.

more grapes

chateau

Un château

wine boots

Vineyard

Vineyard

This is Kevin, our tour guide, explaining the different kinds of grapes. I forgot what he said about them. But after the tour he did invite us to his office to have even more wine and recommend restuarants in the area. His bookshelf was decorated with empty wine bottles, but I didn't take a picture.

This is Kevin, our tour guide, explaining the different kinds of grapes. I forgot what he said about them because I didn’t write it down. After the tour he did invite us to his office to have even more wine and recommend restaurants in the area. His bookshelf was decorated with empty wine bottles, but I didn’t take a picture. Regrets.

steel barrels

Stainless steel wine barrels

Wood barrels painted with spilled wine. It smelled absolutely amazing in there, a blend of oak and red wine.

Wood barrels painted with spilled wine. It smelled absolutely amazing in there, a blend of oak and red wine.

We played "name that scent" with our tour guide to help us better distinguish the flavours and aromas of all the wine we tasted.

We played “name that scent” with our tour guide to help us better distinguish the flavours and aromas of all the wine we tasted.

le nez

I did pretty good.

wine

Some good ish

wine bar

There’s cheese, cured meat, almonds, and dried apricots on the platter which are excellent palette cleaners between tastings.

chateau margeux

This is Château Margaux, the second most prestigious château in Bordeaux. It wasn’t exactly on the itinerary and Kevin parked on the side of the road and let us walk until the gate (he told us to stop so we wouldn’t be arrested or tackled by security). The gate happened to be open so we got a good shot.

 

 

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