Bordeaux

May 2015

We  only had two days in Bordeaux. We met a friend and we walked around the city.     It is a very pleasant city with many great architectural sights. We crossed  the Pont de pierre. We climbed the tower Pey Berland beside the Cathedral Saint-André.  We admired the wonderful fountain called the Monument aux Girondins in Place des Quinconces. It was nice to see Opera House at night. So much history  here again…

The Pont de pierre, or “Stone Bridge” in English, is a bridge in Bordeaux, which connects the left bank of the Garonne River to the right bank quartier de la Bastide.   Its construction took place during the  Bourbon Restoration , from 1819 to 1822.

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The fountain of the “daughters of Zeus” : Aglaé, Euphrosyne and Thalie.

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When we were up the tower  Pey Berland, we enjoyed the view of the city and the Cathedral.

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And here is the Roman Catholic cathedral, seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux-Bazas. The cathedral was consecrated by Pope Urban II in 1096.

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The Place des Quinconces is one of the largest city squares in Europe. It was laid out in 1820 on the site of Château Trompette, intended to prevent rebellion against the city. The principal monument was erected between 1894 and 1902 in memory of the  Girondists  who fell victim of the  Reign of Terror  during the French Revolution . It is composed of a large pedestal framed with two basins, decorated with bronze horses and troops, and surmounted by a large column with a statue on top that represents the spirit of liberty.

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Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux was  first inaugurated on 17 April 1780.

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Our hotel was well located on rue Esprit des Lois. From there we walked to a restaurant and had a delicious green dinner.

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We had plans  for the next day so we didn’t stay up too late. You will see what happened  in my next post !

I hope this short visit in Bordeaux via my post was enjoyable for you as much as it was for me and my husband .  Thanks for reading.  Always happy to read your comment.

13 thoughts on “Bordeaux

  1. Great article! We live in Napa Valley and like to go to other wine regions around the world. We recently went to Rioja. This fall it’s Italy and Croatia. Your amazing pictures are writing have convinced me to make Bordeaux our next stop. Check out our California wine country blog and follow us if you like what you see: http://www.topochinesvino.com.

  2. I loved seeing the top of the Cathedral. How intricate it is! The city is beautiful, and I am glad to see it.
    Your green dinner was very attractive, but it looks like very few calories, perhaps!

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