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Bordeaux Travel Guide: 539 reviews and 1,430 photos
We came to Bordeaux as the first leg of a trip that would take us to the Dordogne and then north to Paris. When we arrived in Paris (Orly). it was a day of “sympathy strike (greve)” for some group of transportation workers and all flights inside of France were canceled! Further inquiry disclosed that the TGV was operating. We grabbed our bags and hailed a cab to the Gare de Lyon and entrained for Bordeaux in rapid comfort, snoozing all the way. We actually arrived 2 hours sooner than our planned flight connection (and after our flight refund, several dollars cheaper). To slow us down, we ate lunch at the Gare. Jet lag took over as we reached the hotel.
Bordeaux is the eighth most populous city (and second in area) of France. It is a lively industrial city with a large pedestrianized central “old” central shopping area. In good times its economy is amplified by the wine trade. There are large numbers of fine 18C buildings in the center and it has a wide and deep port on the Garonne river. It is working hard to keep its center from over-congestion. It was pleasant to walk through the city well into the evening. There was a Music Festivalin progress and we were able to get balcony tickets to a Viola and Piano recital in the Grand Theatre (See Tip picture inclusions beyond the lead one).
- Pros:We were busy for two days
- Cons:You could overshop here
- In a nutshell:A fine, large and very French city
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