My Day out in Bordeaux – (and his)
Although it is the weekend we had to get up even earlier than usual this morning. The morning flight to Geneva left at half past eight and so we needed to leave home at six fifteen. My daughter has gone snowboarding for her winter holiday.
After several weeks of pouring, drenching, soaking, miserable rain the sun came out today. Our valentine’s evening hadn’t gone as planned due to work commitments so Bertrand wanted to take me to this great restaurant not far from the airport. We had four hours to kill. As we were in Bordeaux anyway we decided to take a walk along the quay. It was really lovely to stroll along in the sunshine. We were too early for the crowds, they started to arrive just before midday when we left to go for lunch. I have been to Bordeaux many times and driven along the quay but this was the first time I have walked along it. I do love the architecture of Bordeaux it is magnificent. Even the customs (Duane) office is wonderful. Bertrand enjoyed telling me all about each building and what the old buildings used to be before they became hotels. It is like having my own tour guide being married to Bertrand, he knows such a lot about places. Maybe I should hire him out.
Here is a gallery of pictures from the day out. Please feel free to click on them to see them on full screen.
When we reached the Place Des Quinconces there was a surprise there for Bertrand’s enjoyment but first. I want to know if this is just me, you will let me know won’t you?
Here is a statue of Montaigne, one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance
I thought some of the details on this statue were amazing so I took a close up. Now Bertrand said only I would focus on this particular part, He thinks most would do a close up of the face but I liked ….
…….. his button-hole the best.
I wanted to get up to the statue to measure the button to see if it would go through the button-hole but Bertrand said we aren’t allowed to climb the monuments in France. Shame! I think that button is quite thick and might not actually be able to go through the button-hole. What do you think?
Anyway. As I said there was a great surprise for Bertrand in the Place Des Quinconces and here are some of the photos of his special day out. Again feel free to click to make the images bigger.
I was very pleased to find the Citroen Traction as I have one in my next book. I wanted to see it up close to be able to describe it in detail. This one is not in the original state but it gave me a good idea of the size and the form.
It was a great day out for both of us and we had a lovely Valentine’s lunch after our wander. Impromptu days like this are often the best don’t you think?