Bordeaux is a beautiful French city, best known for its wine (it’s a shame I don’t drink!). It was relatively untouched during the World Wars, so it still retains a lot of its original architecture, mixed in with modern infrastructure, like a tram and a beautiful reflective pool (The Miroir d’eau). I spent 5 days staying in this beautiful city with my french friend Margaux, spending time with her and exploring by myself while she was away for a few days. I wandered the streets, went into some amazing vintage stores, and I also busked quite a lot on the main shopping strip in the centre of the city.
As a musician, it was really fun for me to take my busking set up with me and test my music out on a completely foreign audience. It meant so much more to me when people came up to me on the street to buy my CD or give me a tip or a compliment in Bordeaux, as it just goes to show that music is one of those things that can really transcend language and cultural barriers.
We also did a fun day trip in Margaux’s car to the Dune of Pilat - the tallest sand dune in Europe, and we had a nice picnic at the beach. The water was still freezing, but it was nice to be by the ocean (albeit a different ocean to the one that I live on at home!).
My stay here was quite relaxing and I didn’t put pressure on myself to fit too much in, as Paris had been jam packed and I was still adjusting to the time difference. I’d definitely recommend stopping at Bordeaux though if you get the chance. There is beautiful food, lots of street performers, awesome vintage shopping, lots of history, and an area of the city that is more ethnic and has lots of different food and shops to explore. If you love wine though, then voilà, your time in Bordeaux is sorted! There are a couple of wine museums and so many awesome bars and restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine and a glass of the best.
LOCAL'S TIP: There is an amazing old bakery called Boulangerie that you HAVE to go and try. It's very authentic and the croissants and the bread are to die for!
LOCAL'S TIP: My favourite secondhand store was called Traffic, just off the main shopping strip. Most of the stuff was under 10 Euros, and it was all really trendy and practically new. There was also an insane vintage shop just across the road from the Bordeaux Cathedral - it's completely jam packed from floor to ceiling.