The City of Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux

The Bordeaux region of France is one of my absolute favorite places in the world.

You’ve got my all-time favorite town Saint-Émilion, you’re not far from the French Riviera and, of course, the actual port city of Bordeaux itself, which is sort of like Paris’ baby sister.

Bordeaux

It is SO easy to navigate through the small, narrow streets; it’s almost impossible to become lost (although I wouldn’t put it past myself if I did…). While it’s not a mega city, Bordeaux has a very large presence, and leaves an even larger impression upon you once you experience it. The cobblestone streets are lined with heaps of cafes, serving some of the most delicious food you can imagine and equally yummy coffees and cappuccinos.

Bordeaux

So you’re in Bordeaux… What should you do?

Of course, no trip to Bordeaux would be complete without indulging in some of the world-famous Bordeaux wine…. I mean, you’re in wine country, baby! There are plenty of small wine shops all throughout the city, filled with über educated wine connoisseurs who are all waiting to find you the perfect bottle to purchase. I couldn’t suggest more than popping into one of these stores to buy a bottle of vino, and then head over to one of the many fromageries nearby for a quick cheese pairing. The city views, overlooking the Garonne River, is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy some of the world’s best wine and magnifique cheese!

Garonne River

I don’t usually stop by the visitor’s information area of any city, but I highly suggest doing so in Bordeaux. There are so many amazing day tours that operate out of the city, and it would be an absolute shame not to see the rest of the Bordeaux region (trust me.. it’s breathtaking!!). As I stated above, my personal favorite is Saint-Émilion, which is super accessible from Bordeaux’s city center. In season, there are busses that run the entire trek (should you want a more budgeted approach), however there are guided tours of the UNESCO listed village available as well. Out of season, the busses do not run the full length, leaving you to walk to rest of the way, however it isn’t too far, and totally worth it! I would also suggest sticking with traveling by bus and seeing the village on your own. Other day tours include bicycle rides through vineyards, vineyard tours, wine tasting adventures and more.

VINEYARDS

“I want to go to Bordeaux, but I can’t afford it!”

Yes you can! Bordeaux is far cheaper than Paris, the Riviera and many other cities. Due to its small size, there is no need for public transportation; I found numerous cafes to be priced exceptionally well and accommodation was cheap enough that I was able to spring for a private en suite room, which was situated in a renovated apartment building in the city center (a complete bonus buy after backpacking Europe for a few months straight)!

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Á la votre, Bordeaux!

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You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

6 Comments on The City of Bordeaux, France

  1. Your photographs are superb and bring back some good memories. I visited Bordeaux in December last year and was impressed by the architecture of the city. Quite lively at night too with some excellent restaurants and many English pubs. Visited the large flea market and also saw Girondins de Bordeaux FC in their new stadium.
    Most impressive thing about the city was the huge Opera House in the centre. Just passing by on a Sunday and saw a queue outside. Not a big music fan but paid 8 euros to see an entertaining hour performance by a quartet of violinists. You feel like you have walked into the late 18th century with the décor inside. Amazing place. Took the trip to St Emillion which was very enjoyable. Next time I visit Bordeaux I will visit Bergerac.

    Definitely a better city than Lyon,Toulouse,Marseilles and few other large cities. Up there with Strasbourg but Nice out of holiday season (October is perfect) is my favourite French destination.

  2. It is one of the some sombre and depressing cities I have ever lived in. So banal apart from it’s architecture and the miroir d’eau which is nothing to get excited about. The Garonne is mud coloured and reflects the sombre banal mentality of its cold bourgeois hosts. This pretentious, chauvinist, racist, and uniformly bourgeois town has nothing on the vibrancy and adventurous international spirit of Paris. As to food, it is definitely is not a town for snacks. For lunches and dinners, yes. It really only caters to meat eaters, the principal specialties being duck and beef. There is one very good Fish restaurant “La Commerce.” Vegetarian snacks or the like? it doesn’t have any. Wine is all it has and excellent wine at that.

  3. wine country! jealousss. ps, any bacon there?

  4. Your article made ​​me smile. It’s always fun to see a stranger tell about a French town. It is true that Bordeaux is a beautiful city known for its wine;). Enjoy your stay!

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