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    Quartier des Chartrons

    by King_Golo Written Apr 21, 2012

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    Northeast of Bordeaux's Jardin Publique lies one of the nicest parts of the city. The Quartier des Chartrons is a maze of small lanes and narrow alleys, full of antiques shops and independently run fashion shops. It's a very nice area to stroll around and take in the beauty of this place. A few restaurants, mainly on Rue Sicard, as well as the beautiful church of St Louis add to the atmosphere.

    Impressions of Quartier des Chartrons Impressions of Quartier des Chartrons
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    The Quais

    by King_Golo Updated Apr 21, 2012

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    Definitely the best place to hang out on a warm summer evening, Bordeaux's roughly 2.5km long quais are not to be missed. Starting at Pont St Pierre, they stretch along the Garonne and offer one breathtaking view after the other. It is, however, rather uncommon to see a ship anchoring at the quais, probably because of the incredibly strong current of the river. Entertainment can thus be found mostly on the quais: people go cycling, running or roller-skating, they have fun at the Miroir d'Eau or marvel at the illuminated facades of the quaiside at night. In summer, there is a plethora of events taking place such as open-air dancing classes, concerts or exhibitions. Further downriver, there is a skate park which is packed with talented skaters until late at night. Even further, elegant (and rather expensive) bars attract visitors to have a cocktail or a wine with a view. During the day, you can shop in the so-called "Hangars" at the far end of the quais. Many factory outlets make this a great place to go bargain hunting.

    The quais during the day... ... and during the night

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    Croiseur Colbert

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 4, 2012

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    The river is so wide here that the cruiser Colbert could get to Bordeauex and stood at the mooring quai des Chartons.

    You can watch my 4 min 48 sec Video Bordeaux out of my Youtube channel.

    Bordeax - Croiseur Colbert
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    Quartier Saint Michel

    by King_Golo Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    Quartier Saint Michel is a very beautiful part of Bordeaux's old town. It has a rather strong Arab touch with numerous tiny street cafes, tailors and grocers selling halal meat and fresh fruit and is one of the only places where you can get groceries on a Sunday afternoon. Surrounding the Place Saint Michel (which, by the way, is known by the Bordelaises under that name although it is officially called Place Meynard) with its magnificent basilica are narrow streets in which you can get lost within minutes. They themselves are nothing special, but typically bordelais: lined with sand stone houses with window shutters, art nouveau figures adorning the walls and old-fashioned door knockers on wooden doors whose formerly bright paint flakes off slowly. Everytime you turn into a new street you'll discover something new.

    Quartier Saint Michel gets very busy on weekends when a huge "marché aux puces" (flea market) is taking place there and people come from everywhere to sell old books, ugly dolls, rusty tools, 1950s advertisement signs, vases of all shapes and sizes, second-hand clothes and so on and so forth. Nearby is the ugly market hall "Marché des Capucins" - but even it is worth a visit as you can find some attractive photo opportunites inside.

    Another "sight" not to be missed is the "Passage Saint Michel", a former warehouse which now houses a dozen antiquities shops crammed with lovely things the world doesn't actually need. For instance, you are greeted by a giant papier-mâché vulture on entering the building, and a little sign commemorates a goldfish that has passed away a few months ago.

    Flea Market in Quartier Saint Michel Sign in Quartier Saint Michel

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    Watching movies in a former church

    by King_Golo Written Aug 15, 2011

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    Utopia is a rather special cinema: not only does it show cineastic gems 7 days a week with up to 20 performances a day, it is also located in the former Church of Saint Siméon! This means you've got a vaulted ceiling and old pillars and in one of the cinema halls even the statue of some saint watching you while you're watching a movie. This was a rather weird feeling when I went there to see Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"...
    The cinema states that it will never show 3D movies so if you're looking for Hollywood blockbusters you'd better go elsewhere. But if you're into arthouse cinema, into classical French and international movies, into European comedies that would not find a large audience in multiplex cinemas, Utopia is the place to be. Moreover, the prices are low at 6 Euros for a regular performance and as little as 4 Euros for the day's first performance.
    There is also a nice cafe with some good, albeit a little expensive food in the basement of the cinema.

    Cinema Utopia from the outside

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    Strolling through the Old Quarter

    by King_Golo Written Aug 6, 2011

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    Bordeaux's old town is giant. Roughly surrounded by Cours de la Marne, the quais, Cours de l'Intendance and Cours Pasteur, it is home to numerous tiny little alleys with lots of things to discover. It's easy to get lost in the maze of narrow streets, but it's worth it. There are art nouveau designs on a number of buildings, there is the somewhat obscure display of a neighbourhood shop, there are wide plazas with inviting street cafes, freshly laundered clothes dry in front of the window shutters while a cat hisses menacingly from a shady doorway. As I enjoy discovering cities by foot anyway, I did so as well in Bordeaux - and I would highly recommend it to all of you. One can easily spend an afternoon simply strolling through Bordeaux's old town. A good starting point is the Quartier Saint-Michel with its market and splendid church.

    One of the many narrow streets in the old town

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    Wine tour around Bordeaux

    by esmeraldafee Written Jul 27, 2011

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    If, like me, you are a wine lover, you must visit chateaux in Bordeaux area. You have different places to go : Medoc, St Emilion, Graves are the most important places.
    You have different touring organization to go with (it is better to have a guided tour, because you do not waste time, you have good explanations and you can drink wines without having to drive back to your hotel).
    Whatever, I chosed a guided tour called "rendez vous au chateau". The guide was excellent, he took me to Saint Emilion area and organised different visits. He explained us many things about wine making. The day was very pleasant.
    A guided wine tour is the best thing to do in Bordeaux.

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    Homage to Goya

    by Roadquill Written Jul 26, 2011

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    The reknown painter Goya spent his last years in Bordeaux. His funeral services were held at the L'eglise Notre Dam. Outside the church is a statue of the famous painter. I found it odd that I could not find any of his works in Bordeaux.

    Statue of Goya by l'eglise Notre Dam
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    Place du Palais

    by Roadquill Written Jul 25, 2011

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    In th esouth East corner of the town center off of cour de Alsace et Lorraine is the very pleasant place du Palais. 1000 years ago it was the site of a dark "Dungeon of Arbalesteyre", but now is a pleasant collection of outdoor cafes and shopping. Once the seat of Parliament, it was demolished in 1800. The attractive arch and stonework is cool.

    Place du Palais
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    Miroir d'Eau

    by King_Golo Updated Jul 21, 2011

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    Definitely my favourite place in Bordeaux, the Miroir d'Eau is wonderful place to hang out and watch people or just to cool your feet in the water. If you are travelling with children, this is the place to be. What's it all about? It's a 2cm deep body of water that reflects the beautiful Place de la Bourse. While this alone would be worth checking the place out, the special thing about the Miroir d'Eau are its special effects. Every some minutes, the water changes remote controlled by a computer. Within a minute or two it's all gone, but only a short time later, small holes start to emit a fine vapour which, depending on the weather and wind, can rise up several metres. Suddenly, the Place de la Bourse is only visible through a dense haze - but again only for some minutes. The vapour ceases and small holes in the ground become tiny bubbling springs. Within minutes the whole area is flooded again and acts again as a mirror (hence the name). While this is beautiful in daytime, it is also very impressive during the night when the Bourse building is lit by hundreds of lights.

    Children playing on the Miroir d'Eau

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    Saint Bruno, c.1032-1101.

    by ceswho Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A monastic church for the Carthusian monks.
    It is the only part left of the former monastery.
    It was the first Counter Reformation Church bult in Bordeaux and introduced a new style in architecture. Baroque influenced by the Italina renaissance;
    A small group of monks from the Carthusian community in VAUCLAIRE(Montpont-Dordogne), driven away from their monastery by senous events, settled near the Garoone river, in 1383, in an areas which has since called "les Chartrons" because of them.

    Saint Bruno Church
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    Parc Ornothologique du Tiech

    by Suet Updated Oct 1, 2009

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    One of the top birding sites in France, this is the place to come in the Spring and at the time of the migrations to see every bird you could wish for. Unfortunately we visited in September and most of the birds had nested and departed.

    Please do visit the website, best time is definitely Spring. Ih hell come in early summer too, it is a lovely place.

    A viewof one of the lakes An evening  view of another lake Berries ready for the birds in a hard winter
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    See the Allees de Tourny

    by hquittner Written Mar 20, 2009

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    The Allees is a tree lined boulevard that stretches from the Theater to the Place Tourney. It is an example of the care given to city planning long ago before traffic encroached on city life. Unfortunately we did not explore it to the Northwest end but only near the Place de la Comedie.

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    Go By the Porte de Bourgogne

    by hquittner Updated Mar 20, 2009

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    At the end of the roundabout coming off the Stone Bridege stand the 18C Porte de Bourgogne, also called the Porte des Salinieres. The Cours Victor Hugo rubs west from the Porte going past the Grosse Cloche (See Our Tip). The houses surrounding the structure date from the same period.

    Porte de Bourgogne The Period Houses The Roundabout and the Stone Bridge
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    Look At the Stone Bridge

    by hquittner Written Mar 20, 2009

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    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.

    The Stone Bridge Two Spans Closer Detail
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