Bordeaux Diaries

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Since my arrival in France one particular city hasn’t left my mind: Bordeaux. I originally planned on visiting last weekend but after looking at the weather forecast I decided that postponing it for a week might be a good idea. So this Saturday, I finally did it. I got up early, walked to the train station and hopped on the next train to the city of wine. Arriving at Bordeaux St Jean train station I noticed some dark clouds looming over the city (so much about avoid bad weather by postponing the trip!) and decided I’d better get to the centre fast so that I could take pictures while the sun was still out. Long story short, after getting a bit lost I finally found the Basilica of St. Michael, a stunning gothic church in the middle of a large square. As it was Saturday the place was turned into a marketplace and I wandered around for a bit enjoying the flair and hunting for bargains. I didn’t stay for long though as I really wanted to visit the Place de la Bourse with its fascinating Water Mirror before the dark clouds let out their first drops of rain. So I walked all the way along the river, past the famous Pont de Pierre, and finally arrived at my destination.
What I saw blew me away. The square was beautiful by itself but the ‘Miroir d’eau’ added a different dimension to it, transforming it into a breath-taking place so stunning that words can’t describe it. I spent about 40 minutes at this square trying to capture its beauty and unique character. I witnessed how the mirror was ‘watered’ and how it went from a blurry mirror to a sharp and clear one. As if the weather had senses my passion for this project it started raining the second I left and I escaped into a museum, the CAPC (a museum of contemporary art) and it was by far the strangest and most unique museum I have ever visited. The ground floor just consisted of a large hall with plenty of lamps and the collections were interesting and partly upsetting, with images of the war. Upsetting art isn’t bad art though, not at all. In my opinion the purpose of art is to make you feel something, whatever that might be. Art often evokes emotions that are buried deep inside us. A piece that sprung to my eye was a simple yet very powerful quote: ‘Everyone is an artist but only the artist knows it’. YES. We are all creative beings but often restrict ourselves instead of letting that creativity flow.
After visiting the museum I walked towards the centre of the city, visiting the Grand Theatre and of course, buying some macarons. Life is too short not to indulge in desserts. For the rest of the day it continued raining with only short breaks in between (which luckily allowed me to take some pictures of my favourite sights) but I didn’t mind, it didn’t affect the beauty of the city at all, if anything it made it more attractive in my eyes. And I loved the effect of the rain on the brown statue (the head) near the theatre, it looked like he was crying. Strolling through the city I utterly fell in love with the architecture, almost every street seemed noteworthy and I don’t think I have ever seen so much beauty in a place, maybe apart from London. Bordeaux also has plenty of little copper lamps which obviously impressed me as I got a copper lamp in my bedroom at home (and love everything copper). I visited the city hall of Bordeaux, the Bordeaux Cathedral and on my way I came across many other beautiful buildings, churches and plenty of cute cafΓ©s. If you are a lover of wine and food, then this city is for you.
When the rain suddenly started splashing down I took a break at Starbucks, indulging in my Hot Cocoa with soy milk at the busiest Starbucks of world history, admiring their spring cups and catching up with some blog posts – I really don’t know what it is but Starbucks is my favourite place for working on my blog. If the prices keep going up, I’ll have to ask for an Espresso sized Hot Cocoa (just imagine haha). Before taking the train back I paid a visit to the Grosse Cloche which turned out to be another beautiful sight contributing to the uniqueness of the city. If I could review Bordeaux I would give it a 10/10 without hesitation. I have seen some beautiful cities but in terms of architecture and flair this was definitely one of my favourites, if not my favourite together with London. I am hoping I can visit again one day, maybe in summer so I can finally defeat the rain.
Have you ever visited Bordeaux? x
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  • Beautiful photos! Bordeaux looks like such a beautiful city and sounds amazing! I would absolutely love to visit one day πŸ™‚

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  • Now I feel like Bordeaux is a must visit place. I love how it looks from your photos and I can tell that you really enjoyed it. I love unique museums and this sounds freaking amazing! πŸ™‚

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  • So Beautiful, & love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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  • Such beautiful pictures! You're making me want to go and visit now!
    Amelie | A Wanderer's Adventures

  • fabulous this place

  • Wow! These pictures are wonderful! Haven't visited Bordeaux, but would love to!

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  • Thank you! I'm sure you would love it, it's a very special place. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • It definitely is! Me too, I love museums that stand out and this was definitely one that did. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Thank you! xx

  • I'm glad I could inspire you. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Yes! xx

  • If you ever get the chance you should, I'm sure you'd fall in love with it just like I did. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Wow the buildings are beautiful! The closest I've been to Bordeaux is Bergerac and I was supposed to have a day there then but ran out of time! Gutted as it looks stunning!
    Amy xx
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  • You can always go back! πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Wow what beautiful pictures…and look at all those macarons! Heaven!

    It sounds like you had a really amazing trip, I would love to go back to Bordeaux.

    Katie. xx La Coco Noire

  • The macarons were definitely the best part of the day! xx

  • Wow!! Beautiful photos <333 Amazing place πŸ™‚
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  • Looks like a wonderful place. Gemma x
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  • Thank you! xx

  • It is! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Bordeaux has such beautiful architecture by the looks of your photos, I've never visited France but it's somewhere I'd love to visit one day. I want french Macarons too, I bet they're delicious!

    Sally – DiagonSally

  • Beautiful pictures! Everything looks so amazing!

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  • I'm sure you would love it, the architecture is stunning and the macarons are too bad either. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Thank you! xx

  • Such a breath taking photos! This place looks amazing! it seems that you had a wonderful time! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
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  • Beautiful photos, I haven't been to Bordeaux but would love to visit one day. I love how beautiful the buildings look. Thanks for sharing, love reading your travel posts :)x

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  • Thank you! <3

  • I'm glad you do! Me too, it's a stunning city. xx

  • These photos are so gorgeous! You're giving me the worst wanderlust while I'm trying to study haha! Also we have the same blog theme which I think is pretty cute πŸ˜‰ Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I'd love to visit Bordeaux someday! πŸ™‚
    Kate xx

  • Whoa, these photos are stunning! I never had the chance to visit Bordeaux while in France, but it looks so beautiful, and it sounds like you had a wonderful time! That square is gorgeous, and macaroons are definitely something you can't leave France without having πŸ™‚

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  • Such gorgeous pictures! I have never been to France but if I do, definitely visiting Bordeaux.. The architecture is so beautiful! That picture of the macroons made me so happy πŸ˜€ Seem like you had an amazing time πŸ™‚

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  • Haha I'm sorry. And I agree, that's really cute – I have never seen this template anywhere else. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Thank you! Haha exactly, together with chocolates and plenty of wine. πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Thank you, Monika! You should definitely put Bordeaux on your list! πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Kay

    Wow, really loving your photos and the way you described Bordeaux, I could honestly close my eyes and just imagine myself being there with all your lovely descriptions. πŸ™‚ I've never been to that part of France, I've only ever visited Paris but I absolutely loved it. The architecture is so beautiful and there is just so much to see. The cathedrals especially are always so big and very impressive. Thank you for sharing! Kisses. x

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  • Thank you, that means a lot! Paris is a beautiful city, I can imagine you loved it – it is really unique and the architecture is stunning indeed. xx

  • I love all your photos, and Bordeaux looks an amazing place! I have never traveled to France, but it is on my wishlist! Paris and Disneyland yayyy! πŸ™‚

    Yiota
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  • Amazing photos, the architecture looks so beautiful there. I always get the hot chocolate with soy milk when I go to Starbucks too — it's my favourite! Have a nice day πŸ™‚

  • Gorgeous photo's! The buildings are so beautiful there!

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  • Thank you! I have already been to Paris but Disneyland is definitely on my list too πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Thank you! It makes me happy to hear that I'm not the only one haha xx

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  • Thank you! xx

  • Wow Bordeaux has such beautiful architecture! I love how the ground reflects the buildings as well – what a nice touch. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

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  • Me too, that was my favourite part of the city! xx

  • Beautiful views! I love the Victorian buildings. The macarons looks so yummy <3
    Hope someday I can visit Bordeaux too! Thank you for sharing dear πŸ™‚

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  • Me too and I'm sure you would love the city. xx

  • Oh my gosh, Bordeaux <3 France is such a dream of mine <3 and Bordeaux is just SO beautiful and elegant!

    P.S. Just the thought of an espresso sized hot chocolate makes me sad πŸ™ πŸ˜›
    That photo of all the macaroons though!!!

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  • Oh my word, this place looks stunning. Your photographs are beautiful, you captured the aesthetic so well. X
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