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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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