While we only had one night in Bordeaux, we found it to be a beautiful city with cozy side lanes, large boulevards, parks, and lots of shopping. As in Toulouse, there are a number of beautiful churches – Eglise Notre Dame, Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux, Sainte Croix St Michel St Pierre, and Basilica of St. Michael. Each had free entry and there was quite a variety of styles and suburb stained glass.
Eglise St Louis des Chartrons teased us for some time, as we could see it from the river and the park, but couldn’t pinpoint it’s location north of town. We did eventually track it down too.
In between Bordeaux’s cathedrals are many other interesting sights, including the Bourse, the old city walls, clock towers, etc.
Place de la Bourse with a shallow reflecting pond in the foreground
And perhaps the oldest of all, the ruins of a Roman amphitheater…
Saturday shopping was very crowded. We hit several our favorite European stores including Zara, Pull&Bear, C&A, etc but by 2pm we couldn’t take the crowds anymore.
In the alleys around the pedestrian zone we found a few cool pieces of street art too.
We really enjoyed our time in Bordeaux and hope to make a future return visit.