Bordeaux has topped the best city to visit in 2017, and I couldn’t agree more! What a remarkable introduction to France and a simply gorgeous city and more than one way.
On Friday, we planned to get up early to explore all that Bordeaux had to offer, but an alarm malfunction, and a late sleep in, set our day off later than planned. We grabbed a quick espresso and pain de chocolate, and began our on foot journey to visit all the sites that made Bordeaux a UNESCO heritage site. We visited thirteen different sites like cathedrals, Grosse Cloche, and Tour Pey Berland, just to name a few.
After site seeing, we hopped on the tram and headed to La Cité du Vin, which is a wine museum. Upon checkin, you’re given a headset in your language and an iPhone looking device that guides you through the museum, giving you the history, culture, facts, and interactive exhibits to engage the senses. The session concludes with your choice of a glass of wine.
Our evening concluded with a delicious local dinner, strolling the streets, and getting packed for our next stop: Nice.
Longest shopping strip in Europe, France’s oldest museums with World War II displays, highest number of preserved historical buildings outside of Paris, and the world’s major wine industry… I must be talking about Bordeaux!
We boarded the train from San Sebastián for our three hour journey into France. Easily navigable, we stopped for a quick and delicious coffee, before checking in at our latest and greatest Air B&B in Old Town. We received the ever most important food recommendations, before heading out for a quick orientation of the town and some yummy eats. Strolling through the streets, every block looked different, yet equally as stunning in architecture. Cobblestone streets, limited vehicles, and lively squares surround each block.
After aimless wandering, we stopped for oysters and a glass of local white wine, both of which exceeded any prior expectations we may have had. We continued on for some ice cream, more street wandering, and then a lovely dinner. Dinner was concluded with THE BEST creme brûlée I think I’ve ever. I anticipate that this will reappear in my dreams!
One thing that continues to arise in my mind is the quality of the food here: both in Spain and France. It’s been four years since I’ve eaten any form of refined sugar, dairy, or wheat, primarily due to the digestion issues that I had with it. However, since being here I’ve eaten (literally) everything and anything I’ve wanted and there have been no issues. What’s wrong with our Canadian food? Perhaps that’s a whole other topic for discussion.
Tomorrow brings a site-seeing filled day and more delicious eats! I can’t wait!