The massive Cathedral St. Andre at Place J. Moulin is one of the centerpieces of central Bordeaux. Even with the large square it is almost impossible to get a photo of the entire cathedral. There are... more
Right in the middle of the city center at place comedie, is the regal Grand Theatre. Unfortunately the music/ballet season was over in July, but on the plus side they turned the theatre into a museum... more
The Esplanade des Quinconces is France's largest square and one of the largest in Europe. It was laid out in the 19th century on the site of the former Château Trompette and is surrounded by trees... more
Also known as Place Royale, this is a perfect example of Bordeaux architecture at the end of the 18th century. This is a beautiful line of archways and slate roofs, with an impressive fountain in the... more
At the foot of the Monument to the Girondins are two beautiful fountains. Next to the column there are a couple of statues that honor two of the greatest names of Bordeaux. One is dedicated to the... more
One of the buildings of Bordeaux that is visible from basically everywhere, the Basilique Saint Michel is also very beautiful and offers the best panoramic view from its belfry.
The basilica was... more
The "Grosse Cloche" is one of the few monuments which have been preserved from the Middle Ages, though with quite some alterations. Like Porte Cailhau, it is also squeezed between the surrounding... more
Behind the Hotel du Ville is Bordeaux's Museum of Fine Art. The area in front of the museum is interesting with a 30 foot tall, gaping mouth of a crocodile finely decorated. While the building is... more
Bordeaux's origins date back to Roman times, but from that era nothing but the Palais Gallien has survived. It is a rather curious sight as it is located amidst residential buildings and not visible... more
The Pont de Pierre is a beautiful stone bridge which was completed in 1822 after being commissioned by Napoleon. The bridge is quite amazing and was the first bridge built across the Garonne.
It is... more
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Patricia has some standard walking tours she does and will customize a tour to your needs as well. She has an amazing knowledge base of the history... more
We stumbled upon this magnificant structure as we were walking around Bordeaux. The facade of the church was quite interesting with its characteristic "pine-cone shapped towers". The church is located... more
The Place du Parlement is a large square for walking and relaxing. In season the half-dozen restaurants have outdoor tables for dining. They range from simple and inexpensive to the finest seafood... more
The area around Bordeaux is one of France's most distinguished wine regions. Due to an interplay of different factors, Bordeaux's "terroir" is superb for producing red and white wines alike. The... more
Located just steps away from Cathedral St Andre (at Place Pey Berland) and dominating the center of the old city is the Palais Rohan (or hotel de Ville). The current structure, which parts can be... more
The belfry of Cathédrale St André is a curious building. First of all, it's not part of the cathedral, but a few meters away from it. This was meant to protect the structures of the cathedral from the... more
The Basilique Saint Seurin is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dated as far back as the 6th Century, the originally Romaneque church as been added on over the years, including a major... more
Apparently this square is known for its great facades from the late 18th and early 19th century. Maybe i was just tired, maybe i had seen enough buildings but the lights struck me much more. In the... more
The Hotel de Ville, like most older fine buildings in Bordeaux, was built in the 18C as a palace for the Archbishop (Prince Rohan) which is why it is next to the Cathedral. The preferred view is from... more
Located at the Southern end of rue Saint Catherine, the Place de la Victoire features a large arched entry, a large obelisque of various colored marble from the local areas and some bronze turtles... more
Standing alone and separate from the Basilica is the steeple called the Fleche (Arrow). The Fleche was built in the late 15th century and along with St. Michel Basilica are a UNESCO World Heritagage... more
The Musee d'Aquitaine is a wonderful museum reflecting this history, archeology and ethnology of the Acquitaine area. From pre-history, through the Roman period (with excellent mosaic floors on... more
Porte Dijeaux: This gate has riplaced the one that was built ten meters ahead towards the current Gambetta Square. Next to it there's a beautiful cafè (Dijeaux cafè) where you can have a very good... more
Although quite an impressive building i was glad i was so bold to skip inside. The Garden of this place looks so nice. I didn't dare going any further. I guess one could be in a worse place then this... more
We came to Bordeaux as the first leg of a trip that would take us to the Dordogne and then north to Paris. When we arrived in Paris (Orly). it was a day of “sympathy strike (greve)” for some group of...
Bordeaux is a port city in the south-west of France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine région, as well as the préfecture (administrative capital) of the Gironde département. The city is nestled along...
Bordeaux was a pleasant surprise. We had traveled from Den Haag to the small town of St. Ferme with Sandra as guests to her familie's home. While in St. Ferme we did many day trips and Bordeaux was......