Bordeaux has some super graffiti, murals and street art, despite being such an ancient historic city. No doubt it is related to the fact there are over 60,000 students in the city! I came by train to Bordeaux and noticed there was graffiti 'peices' on almost every spare wall by the tracks for the last few km's of the journey.
The city council cracks down on illegal graffiti in the main touristy areas. However, several of the shops and bars have allowed murals to be painted on their roll-shutters - you will have to wait till they are closed to see the full effect. In addition there is a long stretch of wall on rue du Mulet near place Camille Jullian covered with excellent murals - I believe this backs onto a well known youth centre.
If you are staying at the Holiday Inn in Meriadeck there are several enormous colourful murals within a short distance.
Fountain - Almost Glorious
There is a fountain in Bordeaux. It is fab. There are also other monuments surrounding it. We were there on a very sunny day, and it was gorgeous. Like paradise for me! The water splashes a little, but mainly sprays water out over its pool. There are sculptured horses here, very artistic IMO (in my opinion). You can also go on hot air balloon rides. I'll get the name and address of this place and update later.
The piers are lined with many bars, restaurants and cafes. Stop off at any of the places for a coffee or any drink with an awesome view of the river.
I walked from Hotel de Ville to the piers, and therefore saw the principal tourist sights in Bordeaux, and slowly fell in lust!! I recommend doing something similar...try not to take a cab or a tram to the piers, but walk for as long as you can along the river!
Look At the Stone Bridge
The stone bridge has 17 low arches, was built in 1813-21 and is 501 m long. Because of its construction it effectively limits the the passage of large vessels upstream (south), although the river channel is not maintained for such purpose. It is situated at the south end of "La Lune" and there is a good view of the river and city from its middle. The traffic on it is heavy and there is nothing of interest on the far side, so we did not do this. The traffic empties into a roundabout beyond which stands the Porte de Bourgogne.
Hmm what could I say abuot Bordeaux? The city is full of dog ***! I was told that by our Dutch roommates just after getting to the hostel but didn't believe them. But now I totaly agree with them. I've never seen so much dog *** in my entire life!
First I hated the city, but later liked it, just had to see it's other site. Why I hated it? For my personal reasons again. Few days before I bought a shirt in Paris. I didn't see myself wearing it but my sis said it suits me so I bought it. Yeah then I wore it in Bordeaux and honestly, I felt like tramp! (Few days after my backpack was stolen in Marseille and that's the only thing I'm happy that was stolen!). What I liked in Bordeaux were evening walks by the river La Garonne. It was so nice! Many people, some were Roller blading, skating, cycling, jogging, walking, or just sitting on the floor. Yeah, that was nice! Damn I started missing my blades & bike. There was also a sculpture exhibition with some of really interesting arts.
With the population of 230,000, Bordeaux is known for its neoclassical architecture, wide avenues and well-tended public squares and parks, all of which give the city a cartain 18th-century grandeur. The generally grimy state of the buildings may give the impression that Bordeaux has seen better days, but its excellent museums, ethnic diversity, lively university community and untouristy atmosphere make it much more than just a convenient stop.