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    World Wine Headquaters

    by Toyin Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you have never being to Bordeaux before, I will advice you visit St Emilion if you really love French wines. You have the opportunity of tasting any type of wine for one Euros, or for free in some cases if you end up buying the particular wine.

    Fondest memory: Just Wine everywhere.

    Wine Bttle in the country side.
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    Esplanade des Quinconces

    by barryg23 Updated Nov 12, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Monument aux Girondins, a memorial 'to the Girondins and the Republic', is the one monument in Bordeaux I clearly remember. It stands in a large square called Esplanade des Quinconces, overlooking the Garonne.

    Fondest memory: The Esplanade was hosting a petanque competition one evening during our visit. We walked out there after dinner and sat under the stars watching the locals play.

    Esplanade des Quinconces

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    The Musée des Beaux-Arts

    by Lilasel Written Nov 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Musée des Beaux-Arts has a small but worthy selection of European fine art, featuring works by Reynolds, Titian, Rubens, Matisse and Marquet (a native of the city), as well as Delacroix's superb painting of La Grèce sur les ruines de Missolonghi.

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    The Musée d'Art Contemporain

    by Lilasel Updated Nov 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Musée d'Art Contemporain on rue Ferrère occupies a converted nineteenth-century warehouse for colonial imports. The vast, arcaded hall provides a magnificent setting for the mostly post-1960 sculpture and installation-based work by artists such as Richard Long, Daniel Buren and Sol LeWitt. Few pieces from the permanent collection are on display at any one time, the main space being filled by temporary exhibitions, so it's hit or miss as to whether you'll like what's on offer. However, there's also a superb collection of glossy art books in the first-floor library and an elegant designer café-restaurant on the roof (lunch only).

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    The Place of the Old Bordeaux

    by Klod5 Written Nov 4, 2004

    Favorite thing: Les Places du Vieux Bordeaux ont été aménagées du XIIIe au XXe siècle pour répondre aux besoins économiques, administratifs et religieux des citadins.

    Les vieilles dalles, posées lors des dernières rénovations, réactualisent le souvenir du nouveau marché royal voulu par Tourny vers 1750.

    La place Camille Jullian fut la dernière trouée pratiquée dans la vieille ville, en 1935. Aujourd’hui, l’animation des marchés et des terrasses de restaurants redonne vie à ces espaces urbains.

    The Place of the Old Bordeaux have been arranged of the XIIIth in the XXth century to answer the needs economic, administrative and religious of the city-dwellers.

    The old tiles, calm at the time of the last renovations, actualize the memory of the new royal market wanted by Tourny toward 1750.

    The place Camille Jullian was the last opening practiced in the old city, in 1935. Today, the animation of the markets and the terraces of restaurants gives back life in these urban spaces.

    Place of the Old Bordeaux
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    Monuments of Bordeaux...

    by Klod5 Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Les villes sont bavardes ; nous ne parlons pas ici des bruits de notre civilisation contemporaine, mais de ce discours en apparence figé dans la pierre des façades ou le bronze des statues. Il en résulte que la ville qui donna son nom au vin porte partout les signes de son activité liée à la viticulture et au négoce.

    Au XVIIIe siècle l’action des intendants Boucher et Tourny fut décisive. Ils dégagèrent le quartier en faisant tomber la muraille médiévale, aménagèrent la place de la Bourse et la rue Royale (rue Fernand Philipart) percèrent la place du Marché Royal (place du Parlement), ce qui nous vaut un quartier de maisons Louis XV, décorées de mascarons, de moulures, de balcons de pierre, de fers forgés, du meilleur goût français.

    Les monuments publics rendent également hommage à cette activité essentielle à la ville, qu'il s'agisse du Monument à la mémoire des Girondins, de la fontaine Art Nouveau de la place Amédée Larrieu, des monuments à Gaston Lafargue, écrivain régionaliste, ou à Alexis Millardet, scientifique "sauveur du vignoble", au jardin public

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    The cities are talkative; we don't speak here of noises of our contemporary civilization, but of this speech in appearance frozen in the stone of the facades or the bronze of the statuaries. He/it results some that the city that gave his/her/its name to wine carries the signs of his/her/its activity bound to the viticulture and the commerce everywhere.

    In the XVIIIth century the action of the intendants Boucher and Tourny was decisive. They cleared the district while making fall the medieval defensive wall, arranged the place of the Stock market and the Royal street (street Fernand Philipart) pierced the place of the Royal Market (place of the Parliament), what is worth us a district of houses Louis XV, decorated of mascarons, of mouldings, of balconies of stone, of forged irons, of the best French taste,.

    The public monuments also do homage to this essential to the city activity, that it was about the Monument to the memory of the Girondins, of the fountain art nouveau of the place Amédée Larrieu, of the monuments in Gaston Lafargue, regional writer, or in Alexis Millardet, scientific "savior of the vineyard ", to the public garden.

    Bordeaux
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    Eglise St-Michel

    by Klod5 Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Le quartier Saint-Michel, bâti autour de la basilique de style gothique flamboyant dédiée à l’archange, est le quartier le plus vivant et le plus coloré de la ville.

    Un marché se tient les lundis et samedis matin sous la flèche, les magasins et boutiques tout autour entretiennent une animation populaire pittoresque que les poètes bordelais ont toujours recherchée, Meste Verdié ou Ulysse Despaux.

    The district Saint-Michel, built around the basilica of Gothic style blazing dedicated to the archangel, is the district the more living and most colorful of the city.

    A market is held all around Mondays and Saturdays morning under the arrow, the stores and boutiques maintain a picturesque popular animation that the poets from Bordeaux always searched for, Meste Verdie or Ulysse Despaux.


    Fondest memory: Les gabares à fond plat chargées de cargaisons de bois du Quercy, du Rouergue ou de Gascogne, jetaient l’ancre au bas de Saint-Michel, débarquaient du bois qui alimentait les ateliers des charpentiers de la rue Carpenteyre, des tonneliers de la rue de la Fusterie. Le fer était travaillé par les forgerons et les armuriers de la rue des Faures. Le sel, entreposé quai des Salinières, servait aux sècheries de poissons et de viandes établies rue de la Rousselle.

    Artisans, matelots de tous pays, portefaix, badauds, bourgeois se côtoyaient, se disputaient ; les regrattières, marchandes des quatre saisons, vous interpellaient au passage dans leur langue pleine de saveur mais redoutable. On chantait, on jouait aux cartes, on buvait dans les nombreux cabarets qui "servaient à pot et à pinte".

    The gabares flat-bottom charged of cargos of wood of the Quercy, the Rouergue or Gascogne, threw the anchor to the low of Saint-Michel, disembarked of the wood that nourished the shops of the carpenters of the Rue Carpenteyre, of the coopers of the Rue de la Fusterie. Iron was worked by the blacksmiths and the gunsmiths of the Rue des Faures. Salt, stored embankment of the Salinieres, served to the sècheries of fishes and meats established street of the Rousselle.

    Craftsmen, sailors of all countries, porter, idlers, bourgeois coasted themselves, argued; the "regrattières", pushcart peddlers, challenged you to the passage in their language full of flavor but dangerous. One sang, one played the cards, one drank in the numerous cabarets that "served to pot and pint".

    St-Michel church
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    Quai des Chartrons

    by Klod5 Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Limité au sud par les parkings et l’esplanade des Quinconces, par le Jardin Public et le cours Xavier-Arnozan et au nord par le cours du Médoc et le quartier de Bacalan, le plus septentrional de la ville, le quartier des Chartrons s’interrompt à l’est avec le « front de Garonne », ligne d’immeubles bordant le quai des Chartrons.
    Jusqu’à la fin du 20e siècle, l’espace compris entre le quai des Chartrons et le fleuve, aujourd’hui constitué de parkings et de zones de promenade, était occupé par des entrepôts, des quais verticaux et des cales inclinées desservis par des grues mobiles et des voies ferrées. Tout cela a aujourd’hui disparu, avec les activités portuaires commerciales situées dans les limites de la ville proprement dite. Le « cours de la Martinique », l’un des rares axes un peu larges taillés dans ce quartier au début du 20e siècle, rappelle la grande activité passée de ce port spécialisé, du 18e au 20e siècle, dans les échanges avec l’Outremer et les colonies, notamment l’Afrique de l’Ouest et les Antilles.

    Fondest memory:
    Limited at the south by the parking lots and the esplanade of the Quinconces, by the Public Garden and the Xavier-Arnozan course and to the north by the course of the Medoc and the district of Bacalan, most northern of the city, the district of the Chartrons interrupts itself at the East with it «front of Garonne», line of building edging the embankment of the Chartrons.
    Until the end of the 20th century, the space understood between the embankment of the Chartronses and the stream, today constituted of parking lots and zones of walk, was occupied by warehouses, the vertical embankments and the tilted holds gone against by mobile cranes and railroad tracks. All it disappeared today, with the commercial harbor activities situated in the limits of the actual city. Him «course of Martinique», one of the rare axes a few large built in this district in the beginning of the 20th century, recall the big activity passed of this specialized harbor, of the 18th at the 20th century, in the exchanges with the ultramarine and the colonies, notably West Africa and the Antilles

    Quai des Chartrons
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    The works of the tram

    by Klod5 Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Pendant de longs mois, les travaux du tramway on rendu infernale la circulation automobile dans la ville de Bordeaux. Chacun de mes déplacements dans la métropole aquitaine était une torture !!!

    During long months, the works of the tram one made infernal the automotive circulation in the city of Bordeaux. Each of my displacements in the aquitan's metropolis was a torture!!!

    The works of the tram
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    Jardin Public (Public Garden)

    by Lilasel Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This garden was built in 1756 and it soon became a popular public city park. In 1856 the garden was redesigned in an English style. Currently this 10 hectares park in the center of Bordeaux is a perfect place to spend a weekend. The Jardin Public contains some very scant remains of Bordeaux's Roman past.

    Jardin Public

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    Esplanade des Quinconces

    by Lilasel Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: North of the centre is the vast open square of the esplanade des Quinconces. One of the tallest monuments in Bordeaux, the Monument to the Girondins and the Republic, dominates the east side of this wide promenade. This monument was erected at the end of 19th century to honour the deputies of the revolution.
    The Esplanade des Quinconces takes up more than 12 hectares.

    Monument to the Girondins

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    Quartier Saint-Eloi

    by Lilasel Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Bordeaux is reasonably spread out along the western side of the River Garonne, with the eighteenth-century old town lying between the place de la Comédie to the north, the imposing buildings of the river bank and the cathedral to the west.
    Quartier Saint-Eloi is one of the most picturesque districts in Bordeaux. Grosse Cloche (the picture) used to be the bell of the Town Hall's belfry. Currently the Town Hall is elsewhere, but the bell is still one of the symbols of Bordeaux.

    Grosse Cloche (Great Bell))

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    Les Sorties

    by Eusko_Tren Updated Apr 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Chartrons district

    Antiques are concentrated along rue Notre-Dame in the Chartrons district; junkier bargains occupy the Passage Saint-Michel, next to the Eglise Saint-Michel, where there is
    also an occasional flea market.

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    Take your walking shoes and tour the city

    by Mique Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Bordeaux is a city that can easily be discovered on foot. Actually it is a city that i think you must discover on foot. Especially the city centre since it is quite compact and most major sights are within a few minutes walk of each other. So bring those comfy shoes and start touring the city

    Street view of St. Andre's Cathedral

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    Great viewpoint

    by Mique Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are by car this might be something for you. When we headed back to the car we walked alongside the Garonne river. But unfortunately there was no place where we good get a good view of the pont de Pierre. We had already given up and were heading home when we chose the wrong bridge to cross. We did cross over the pont de pierre itself instead of the pont st. jean. When you've crossed the bridge, go right and go immediately right again. There is a small parking space there where you can take excellent pictures

    The Pont de Pierre with St. Michel basilique

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