13 Apr 2011

Bordeaux the Magnificent 2

One of the most popular of all the posts that I have made on this blog in the 6 months for which it has now been going has been one that I made quite early on, called Bordeaux the Magnificent: http://morethanjustwine.blogspot.com/2010/12/bordeaux-magnificent.html

Bordeaux is indeed one of France's (and Europe's) finest cities. I recently returned there for a mixture of work and a short weekend spent wandering around the town. It never ceases to dazzle me with the scale and beauty of its architecture dating from, mainly, the 18th and 19th centuries, the care to be seen in all kinds of details at every level, and the recent opening up of the city to what has to be one of its greatest assets, the River Garonne, which curves through the edge of the city, giving it its historical purpose as a port, and now its new opportunity (the waterfront, that is) as a vast playground for all who live there or come to visit. 

Here is a short photographic essay, with suggested themes that could be developed in the future :

 River Bordeaux

Theatre Bordeaux

Smart Bordeaux
(what you see right opposite the previous picture)

Street Bordeaux

Door Bordeaux
(most old private houses have been divided into flats)

Gateway Bordeaux
(one of the few reminders that this was also a medieval city)

Pavement Bordeaux

Roman Bordeaux
(yes, they were here too)

Chinese Bordeaux (yes, they are here too)

Bollard Bordeaux
(Back to the river. Interestingly the French word for this is "bitte", which has a double meaning)


  1. very nice David ! Love it !

  2. Stop, David, please, Bitte.
    First of all, bitte with two “t’s” is different from bite with one “t”, especially as far as shape is concerned.
    But there is more: you expect to win an award with this post as well. I suggest you ask Hervé Lalau how to liaize with Fabian Barnes, an In Vino Veritas collaborator who knows all the tricks to please the Bordeaux jury.

  3. Yes Luc, the diffrence made by a single letter (not French, I hasten to add) can be considerable.
    As to winning my weight in bottles of Bordeaux, this has already been achieved this year by other means. Far from me such ignoble subterfuges in any case!

  4. Whether French or otherwise, you should always obey the letter of the law, unless you have no fear of encountering the leather lashes of hardship. The same holds true for disease, be it French or “Napolitain”.

  5. Or indeed for leaving: taking French leave, or "filer à l'anglaise"