August 29, 2011

Bordeaux: Prémières Impressions

My first impressions of Bordeaux:

It is beautiful.

All the buildings go perfectly with one another. It’s basically because of this homogeny that almost the entire central part of the city has been made into a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Everything feels so old.

It’s so warm here. I am outside whenever possible.

The Garonne (the river that passes through Bordeaux) is huge.

The wine is so delicious. I love every glass I taste.

Bordeaux seems to fit nicely into all the stereotypes of France: beautiful churches, beautiful buildings, small cobble stone roads, romantic squares, shutters, red wine, and delicious cheese.


  1. And the next time we come to France, Bordeaux is on the list. Positively lovely.

  2. It's a very nice place indeed. My mother is from Bordeaux and my parents have an apartment there. The city has changed a lot over the last few years! I remember when I was a kid, the buildings were really dark because Bordeaux was built on dried swamps and the construction stones suffer from some weird deterioraiton effects, which is why the façades have to be renovated on a regular basis. The financial investments were huge but Bordeaux became a UNESCO world heritage site 2 or 3 years ago. Actually - and although I don't want to hurt anyone - the only thing that I don't like in Bordeaux is... the people living there. Historically speaking, Bordeaux has always been a wealthy commercial place with lots of "familles bourgeoises" (how do you say that in English?). I spent a lot of time in Bordeaux, I even lived there for a while, and I think I've never met so many unfriendly people. Compared with the people from Lille and Northern France, the "Bordelais" has a lot to learn! I really hope that tourism will have a positive impact in this respect.

  3. Oh and the river passing in Bordeaux is the Garonne, not Gargonne. ;-)

  4. Beautiful architecture! That cheese and wine looks delicious. How do you fine the people to be?

  5. I meant to say How do you FIND the people to be in comparison to other places you have been in France?

  6. Joshua: I've been recommending it to everyone. It's a must see!

    Emilie: The restoration was definitely worth it! The buildings are all so beautiful now. There were some that still had the black stuff on them, but it added to the charming old feeling of the city.

    I didn't meet too many Bordelais while I was there, but I do agree that they seemed to be a bit more snobbish than us Nordists!

    Also thanks! I don't know where that G came from ;)

    Kris: I don't want to be too quick to judge (or give away too much information as I do have a blog post about this coming!) seeing as I was only there for 3 days, but in Bordeaux I didn't meet that many Bordelais because they weren't very friendly/welcoming. They also seemed a bit snobbish to me!

  7. That is exactly what I wrote about Bordeaux - the French city I dreamed about! It has everything.

  8. It looks so beautiful! I'm definitely going to try to go to Bordeaux while I'm here.

  9. Brenna: Exactly!

    Laura: I whole heartedly recommend it! It was not only a beautiful city, but it had some great restaurants and lots of delicious wine. What is there not to like??


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