From Jeanne d’Arc to Jeanne d’Oc
Somehow I have always thought that the cult of Joan of Arc was limited to northern France and was of little interest to the southern half of the country. I even wrote as much on one of my Toulouse tips, the one on the Boulbonne Fountain. I hadn’t noticed that in Toulouse there is a square called Place Jeanne d’Arc (with its own Métro station), and that in fact just about every city in southern France has a street, square, statue or monument named after Jeanne d’Arc (1412-1431).
Bordeaux, for its part, has an Avenue Jeanne d’Arc and – some distance away – this monument to her, riding a horse and holding a flag.
I have since learned – from a website page entitled De Jeanne d’Arc à Jeanne d’Oc – that there was recently a colloquium and now a book called Jeanne d’Arc entre la terre et le ciel du Midi (Joan of Arc between the earth and the sky of the South), asking if there is a mythology of Joan of Arc which is specific to the South of France. (“Jeanne d’Oc” was a name they made up for this occasion, meaning “Joan of the South”.)
They point out that some of the most famous and emblematic representations of Joan of Arc were made by artists from the South of France, such as Ingres and Bourdelle, both of whom were born in Montauban.
Second photo: Inscription on the base of the statue: “Bordeaux to Joan of Arc, National Heroine”.
Third photo: Street signs by the statue.
Fourth photo: Tram (line C) going past the statue.
Address: Cours Xavier Arnozan
Directions: VCub bicycle station Jardin Public
Tram C: Jardin Public
Next: By the Garonne River
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wines shops in Bordeaux
please dont confuse wine and bordeaux, the wine is done outside Bordeaux, just the appellation or rating is told as Bordeaux, not the wine, it is done in the Médoc, n the Graves, etc. Therefore, here I give you my favorite wine places in Bordeaux. Could be a shopping tip but here is more cultural, part of the local life for milleniums so feel more right doing it here.
wine tastings of Bordeaux in town, two locations see site La C.U.V.
there are so many so give you the names, you can find them easily with Google.
12Bouteilles 2 Cours du XXX Juillet,
C Discount 4-6 Cours de L'Intendance
Cousin & Co. Place du Parlement, 2 Rue du Pas-St-Georges,
e-Nolia.com 55 Rue du Jardin Public, t
GrandsVins-Prives.com 11 Avenue Leonard de Vinci,
Herve-Duboscq.fr 3 Quai de Bacalan,
J C Esteve 30 Impasse Genesta,
La Cave du Parc 21 Rue Mexico,
La Vinotheque de Bordeaux 8 Cours du 30 Juillet ,
Made in 33 22 Rue Jules Lemaitre,
Maison B 36 Rue Bouffard,
Maison Dubecq 167 Cours de l'Yser,
Max Bordeaux , 14 Cours de l'Intendance
Mondovino.com 2 Quai de Brazza,
Phileas Stravinarius 59 Rue du Palais Gallien,
PrimaWines 7 Rue du Parc,
Selection des Vins de France 7 Rue du Commandant Cousteau,
Ayame, 66 Rue Lombard,
Wine Club 2 Cours du 30 Juillet,
Bordeaux-Magnum 3 rue Gobineau,
CDIVIN 209 Boulevard JJ Bosc,
Chateaux de Bordeaux 19 Rue Frere,
Chineur du Vin , 3 Rue Fenelon,
Club Vintage 92-98 Avenue du General de Gaulle,
Elit Wine 6 quai de Paludate,
Grand Cru Selection 14 Rue Tourat,
Grands Crus Diffusion 2 Quai de Brazza,
Grands Crus en Cave 33 Rue Lafaurie Monbadon,
La Maison Gabin 37 Cours Portal
Le Chai des Chartrons 20 Rue Minvielle,
Les Caves d'Ausone 5 Place du Palais,
O Divin 32 Rue Nauville
Quien & Cie Quai de Bacalan
Rive Gauche Wines 29 Rue de Soissons
Terres de Gout 162 quai de Brazza,
Vin De Caractere 42 Rue de Tauzia,
Vinimax 219 Rue de Saint Genes,
Vins Antoine 130 Rue Achard,
Vins d'Alienor 27 Rue Saint Vincent de Paul
Whitwhams 22 Rue Chantecrit,
Wineandco 83 Quai de Paludate,
Winecan International 26 Rue Lecocq,
My favorites to shop there are L'Intendant ,2 Allées de Tourny; +33-5-56-39-76-53; www.intendant.com;
and Vinothèque de Bordeaux 8 Cours du XXX Juillet; +33-5-56-52-32-05;
There are others but these are the pros.in town.
and the biggest expo in town is Vinexpo
also for liquors La Conserverie
18 rue Notre Dame +33 5 56 81 49 17
and other above like la vinothéque. try the Lillet
and my best chain nationwide ,local in Bordeaux,
25 Cours Portal
Téléphone +33 556440303
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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.
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Bordeaux is a wine lovers paradise. Its famous red wines are recognised all over the world. The prices are good here and the quality is excellent. We tried many locals wines at the restaurants in the city and at a wine festival which coincided with our visit.
In most restaurants tipping is not required as service is included. Some restaurants will try to encourage you to leave an additional tip by bringing your change to you in small shrapnel. Don't worry, save the small change for paying buskers who play nearby and will be satisfied with any coins you have to hand.
A paradise for VINES
As you drive through Bordeaux, vine yards are scattered everywhere. This area has an outstanding microclimate and unique soils. Though the soil is composed of stones, sand, gravel, clay, silt.
In St Emilion alone, the average anual production exceeds 250,000 hectolitres.
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mushroom collection II
lactaire (safran milk cap), girolles (chanterelle), bolets (boletus)and the more famous : CEPES de Bordeaux (boletus)
the last one is one important composant in local cooking, so if you want to appreciate a good meal ask Magret de Canard with these Cepes de Bordeaux
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Sundays and bank holidays
Sunday and bank holidays
Most shops and offices are closed on Sundays. Some Cafés, restaurants and grocery stores remain open however.
New Year: 1st January
Easter Monday: 21st April
LabourDay: 1st May
Liberation Day: 8th May
Thursday of Ascension: 29th May
Pentecost: 9th June
National Holiday: 14th July
Assumption: 15th August
Toussaint: 11th November
Christmas: 25th December
The Grand Théâtre
At the end of the XVIIIth century, The city of Bordeaux was particularly lively thanks to it commercial activities (wine, colonial trade...).
The Duke of Richelieu, Governor of Guyenne, decided to equip the city with an Opera House that was fitting of such a city, and asked the architect Victor Louis (1731-1800) to oversee the project.
Started in 1773, the construction of the Grand-Théâtre took seven years to complete, and was finished in 1780. This imposing neoclassical building (88 x 47 metres) is capable of holding 1,114 people.
The Grand-Thêatre underwent a final restoration during 1990-1991, recreating the original decoration. Today the Grand Théâtre is unarguably one of the finest pieces of this city that is so marked by XVIIIth century architecture.
The Grand-Thêatre presents both theatrical and musical productions, and has seen some of the finest stars of the last century: the Talma, Nourrit,Viardot, Falcon, Duprez, Petipa...
The Grand-Théâtre still offers musicals, ballet and concerts... and is true to its vocation today, more than ever.
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Cathedrale Saint Andre
In 1137, the future King Louis VII married Eleanor of Aquitaine in this cathedral. The exterior wall of the nave dates from 1096 (most of the rest was built in the 13th and 14th centuries). The 15-th century belfry, Tour Pey-Berland, stands behind the choir, which has chapels nestled among the flying buttresses.
oysters and sea foods
oysters and sea foods
HOW to eat oysters , click here : Oysters
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