The pace of life here in Bourges is really slow and people seem to take it really easy. The people here are so nice they treat you like part of their family. I hardly saw any tourists here, I thought we were the only ones who ever came here cos everyone was giving us a weird stare! Lol!
If you go to a nice restaurant, they will bring you the 'plateau de fromages' (cheese tray) and you will be asked to select what cheese you want. The general rule of thumb is to select no more than 3 small pieces(the waiter will cut them for you)...you just point or ask for a mild, strong cheese, or name the cheese if you are familiar with what is being offered. My favorite cheese is called Maroilles but it's very strong and probably not to everybody's liking. It was created 1300 years ago by the monks of Maroilles.
It's fun to try new cheeses, though, and don't forget to order a nice red wine to go with the cheese!
Attention: tourists looking for a 'slice' of French life should go to the garden next to the Cathedral on a Sunday afternoon. It's called 'La Guinguette' and local french people go there to dance to the music of a live band (It's free)...young people but mostly older (40+)..lots of senior citizens.
No, you do not need a partner to dance. You can dance by yourself and women often dance together. The music is good and it's fun to watch an 'older crowd' having a wonderful time. This happens every sunday afternoon during the summer, weather permitting, of course.
Before christmas in Bourges always have bazaar, they sell manything kind stuff for christmas or for decoration... and mostly is handmade....