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Four days in Bordeaux

A few weeks ago, my husband and I travelled outside the UK for a different reason other than visiting family and friends: we spent four days in Bordeaux.

Place du Parlement in Bordeaux at sunset
Place du Parlement, Bordeaux

Our accommodation was in Chartrons, a beautiful part of the city—in particular, a street famous for its antiquity shops. Without a plan or a travel card, we walked around and visited without any pressure.

The architecture is astonishing. It’s got all the Parisian charm with a warm twist, thanks to the limestone used in most of the buildings.

Most of our holiday happened during working days, so we were surprised to see how lively Bordeaux is. All the bistros and restaurants were full for dinner. During the day, we admired the greengrocers, the bakeries, the flower shops and found ourselves in one of the many bio shops with the Bordelais after work.

Maybe an obvious thing to say, but we ate delicious food and drank excellent wine. We trusted our instinct when choosing where to eat avoiding digital assistants and weren’t disappointed. It seems like it’s almost impossible to get it wrong, as the city is buzzing with gourmet places.

One of the many things I noticed is people entering a restaurant or a cafe and saying Bonjour/Bonsoir to everyone. Once past the initial surprise, it makes perfect sense, and it’s polite.

Le Miroir d’Eau

Located between the Garonne and Place de la Bourse, Le Miroir d’Eau is a fountain that creates special effects with water and artificial misting against the stunning 18th century’s architecture of the square. We admired the reflections and refreshing mist just like anyone else: it’s remarkable how something so simple, yet ingenious, can entertain and amuse everyone — children and adults alike.

Palais Gallien

One day, after breakfast, we went to visit the Palais Gallien, the ruins of an ancient amphitheatre. Along the way, we wanted to stop at the Public Garden, but it was closed. The reason being weather damage.
In hindsight, this was probably the hint of the things to come not long later. We spent some time in front of the Palais, knowing a storm was coming but having no idea we were going to face a violent hailstorm.

The streets started to flood very quickly while we tried to get cover, failing to do so. Soaked, cold and scared, we resisted while the downpour went on for minutes. After this, we had to go back to our room and try to dry our clothes and shoes, to no avail. Eventually, we had to go out again and buy new shoes.

Unusually for me, I didn’t take loads of pictures. Instead, I enjoyed the time we had together away from home. I did take photos of our room though, which was so pretty that I wanted to keep it tidy.

We won’t forget our adventure in Bordeaux. The food, the wine, the limestone buildings, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Surely, we won’t forget our weather-related adventure.

Lessons learnt: use weather apps that provide detailed international weather alerts, and always bring a change of trousers and shoes, even when travelling light.

Photos © Silvia Maggi


  • 💬 Simone – Beautiful pictures!
  • ↪️ Silvia Maggi – @Simone Thank you :*
  • 💬 AndiA – Bon! J'adore Bordeaux! Champagne region too?I dont remember seing soo much great architecture! I also love the well manered polite Frenchies too?
  • ↪️ Silvia Maggi – @AndiA I love everything French, but for some reason only ever visited Paris and Bordeaux. I feel like I need to make up for this :)
  • 💬 Vanessa – It's a really beautiful looking city, I'm very much looking forward to visiting in a couple of weeks but am hopeful I'll avoid a hail storm! x
  • ↪️ Silvia Maggi – @Vanessa I hope that too, Vanessa! Thank you for stopping by and comment x
  • 💬 Nancy Moon – Hi there Silvia, Lovely Lovely place! And you photography is really excellent, you are a great travel photographer! Nancy
  • ↪️ Silvia Maggi – @Nancy Thank you very much, Nancy! That's a great compliment.

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