“Have you been to France before?”
“YES! I’ve been to Paris!”
“SO… you haven’t been to France.”
I’ve been told more often than not that Paris isn’t France and there is way more to see and experience beyond the capital. I loved Paris; I enjoyed my experience (both good and bad). I couldn’t imagine other cities being more beautiful…then I went to Bordeaux and I quickly understood why. I absolutely fell in love at first site! The city has caught up with modern times but the feel of the city’s history is still well preserved and that’s the beauty of it. The buildings turn bright golden when hit by sunlight and it shows all its grandeur. Every corner has a little surprise up its sleeve and it just keeps getting better and better. As you can tell, Bordeaux quickly melted my heart not only because it’s so damn beautiful but for numerous other reasons and I’ll tell you all of them!
Firstly, this is where the man I love was born and grew up. It was so heartwarming to see the place in a different light and not as a tourist. He showed me all the places that have meaning to him and it was great to see how passionate he is about his city.
Place de la Bourse
This is easily my favorite place in the city. Bordeaux had a major makeover about 10 years ago and they made the “Miroir d’eau”, probably the most iconic landmark in the city. It’s literally a puddle of water thats beautifully made and it has a majestic reflection of the beautiful Place de la Bourse. During summer, every 15 minutes, it creates fog giving out that misty effect.
It’s just so French! The roads are all cobblestones, lots of cafes, old buildings, beautiful churches, crepperies in every corner, and the sculptures. Ahhh…. everything was just dreamy!
One thing I got excited most about is seeing my bestfriend who I haven’t seen in 2 years – now both as mothers. We picked her up at Gare St. Jean and drove around the city before having a lovely French dinner. It was a perfect catch up with one of the people I hold so close to my heart. We had a lovely strall by the boardwalk and saw the city at night which was even more beautiful! Katrina’s comment was the best when she asked “Is this real I feel like I’m in Disneyland” haha
French is known for their mouthwatering food, especially their dessert. I could finish a dozen canelé in one go!
SHOPPING in St. Catherine
This strip is 2 kilometers of nothing but shops and cafes! You’ll literally shop till you drop. It cuts in the middle of the city and starts and ends in two of the city’s main gates.
We left our little boy with his grandparents so Matt and I had time all to ourselves, which was a great break. So what do parents do when the child is away? They go crazy!! Our friend, Ed, from Sydney was also in town and stayed with us. After picking him up at 10:30pm from the airport, we were all so tired but since we were childfree and on vacation, we thought sleep is for the weak and decided to go and have a short night and have “one drink” at the pub with two of Matt’s friends…and we all know when we say “one drink”, it always never is. I won’t go into details but in a nutshell, from the pub, we ended up going to La Plage (a night club), we walked home barely alive 7 hours later – with a stolen phone – and I placed my mark on a few bushes along the way…not to mention we spent 2 hours in the police station the next day to report my stolen phone.
What an experience it was! I can’t wait to go back!
Next stop, all roads lead to Toulouse for #TheTrombes, Here we are getting ready for our train to Toulouse for the biggest event of the year!
September 18-21, 2018