I have been living here in France for about 7 months now and there are still too many places I haven’t visited. When my boyfriend came to visit, I showed him the places that I’ve been to and the places I wanted to see. We knew it would be hard to get to the city for valentine’s because he had to work all week and I have classes too. We figured to visit the city before the week gets too busy for the both of us.
We started our afternoon at La Cité du Vin. We took an almost 45-minute tram ride from where I am staying. We weren’t able to get inside because it was already too late. Afterwards, we walked for a few meters and took a few photos of the new bridge called Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas, which was named in honour of the former Prime Minister of France and the former mayor of Bordeaux. The middle part of the bridge lifts up vertically when a cruise or any large boat passes through the Garonne.
After walking for a few minutes next to the river, we took the tram again and headed towards Place des Quinconces. It is one of the largest squares in Europe. It has the best of view of both the Monument aux Girondins and the Garonne river. Then we walked around the city centre. We stopped by at the Grand Theatre of Bordeaux, which was built in the 18th century. We walked through the busiest street in the city, Rue Saint-Catherine, which is the main shopping street in Bordeaux.
Afterwards, we headed to the Place de la Bourse. One of the recognisable sights of Bordeaux, and right across is where you can find Miroir d’Eau but unfortunately, they drained out the water during winter. We walked beside the river to get a closer look of Pont de Pierre. The bridge was built under the orders of Napoleon I. By this time, we were starting to get hungry so we started walking back to the city centre to catch the tram home. We passed by the Porte Cailhau, the Tour Pey-Berland and the Saint-André Cathedral before we took the tram.
It was a wonderful afternoon walk. Just the right weather, in this beautiful city, with the right person. My days are always better when I’m with him.