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Bordeaux for the Weekend is Worth It with Photos to Prove It (part 1)

Bordeaux for the Weekend is Worth it with Photos to Prove it (part 1)

Only have 2 days? Go to Bordeaux! Here’s a photo guide to prove it…part 1

I had an amazing time in Bordeaux this weekend with my family. We walked a lot which helped to burn off all of that delicious Bordelais food. Since I took so many pictures, this will be a three part post. In this first part I’ll show parts of the historic city center and the hip shopping district, with random cafés and comic shops. I was amazed by the sharp contrast between the two parts of the city.

Brief History of Bordeaux

“The city of Bordeaux has been occupied for thousands of years. First by the Celts, who established A small village they named Burdigala around 300 BC, then by the Romans, in 60 BC. With the fall of the Roman Empire came hundreds of years of strife and chaos.

Peace finally returned to the city in 1154, when the Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine married the French Count Henri Plantagenet, who became King Henry II of England within months of the wedding. Bordeaux fell under English control for the next three centuries, during which time it began to grow and prosper. by exporting wine to England, it earned its reputation in the wine trade.

 Bordeaux Wine Shop  Bordeaux Wine Shop

After the Hundred Years War, Bordeaux fell under French rule. However, the region returned to turmoil over the following years as the town was devastated by revolution, empire and the Terror.

Things settled down in the 18th century and Bordeaux once again experienced A golden age of prosperity as a result of its wine trade with the UK, Germany and the West Indies. Many of the city’s buildings (around 5,000 of them) were built during this period and they still stand today.

The urban project launched in 1996 by Alain Juppé and made concrete by the cleaning of façades, the development of the quays along the Garonne river, the commissioning of the tram that runs on A ground-level Power supply and the requalification of urban areas strengthened this desire to protect and showcase Bordeaux’s heritage. Nowadays all that history and work has been recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Classification.” [read more…]

Vieux Bordeaux or Old Bordeaux

There are several distinct neighborhoods in Vieux Bordeaux which correspond to the their parishes which include Saint-Pierre, Sainte-Colombe, Saint-Michel, and Sainte-Croix. You’ll notice as you walk around that each neighborhood has a distinct look and personality, some more upscale and some more working class. So, wherever you see a giant church, you’re in a new neighborhood.

Basilique Saint Michel (14th-16th c)

Bordeaux Basilique Saint Michel tower. Photo by Suzy Dias

Bordeaux Basilique Saint Michel. Photo by Suzy Dias

Bordeaux La Grand Cloche (1775)

Grosse cloche de Bordeaux

Grosse cloche de Bordeaux

Porte Cailhau (1450)

Bordeaux Porte Cailhau

Église Saint-Pierre de Bordeaux (15th c)

Église Saint-Pierre de Bordeaux

Shopping in Bordeaux

You can shop in style while in Bordeaux. Every shop your used to and a few more. High end fashion, quirky shops and mainstream dependable brands. The Rue Saint Catherine boasts of fancy shops, bustling cafés, and beautiful shopping centers. The famous department store Galeries Lafayette is known for being the longest shopping strip in Europe. I’m not sure if it’s true, but that’s what they say.

Rue Saint Catherine

Bordeaux Rue Saint Catherine

Bordeaux Rue Saint Catherine

Bordeaux Rue Saint Catherine

Bordeaux Umbrella Sky Project

Bordeaux Umbrella Sky Project]

Bordeaux Umbrella Sky Project

Bordeaux Umbrella Sky Project

Charming Cafés and Bars

Bordeaux Shopping and Restaurants

Bordeaux Shopping and Restaurants

Bordeaux Shopping and Restaurants

Bordeaux Comics & Music

Bordeaux Shopping and Restaurants

Bordeaux Comics and BD

Bordeaux Comics and BD

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