Bordeaux, France Walking Tour

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  1. jmgriffin

    jmgriffin Silver Member

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    Hopefully someone will put this to good use...Just now getting around to creating some posts on a recent trip to France/Italy (Milepoint: Air France Business Class Trip Report here). I lived in Bordeaux for a few months and finally had a chance to take my girlfriend (now fiancee) and show her around the city. Post with maps and pictures is below:

    Weekend Blitz - Walking Tour of Bordeaux, France

    Total distance: appx 3.9 miles
    Time: You could power walk it at about 2 hours, but I’d say a minimum of 4-5 hours would be good and even better if you try to use all day.
    Day of the week: Avoid Mondays as the following are closed: Marché des Capucins, Tour Pey-Berland, Musée d’Aquitaine

    -START: Place de la Victoire — Walk down Rue Sainte-Catherine, a 1.2 km pedistrian shopping zone
    -Arriving at Place de la Comedie, you’ll see see the Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux and Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux (take the guided visit–fills up quickly, so book in advance!), home to the Opera National de Bordeaux
    -Walk along Les Quais de Bordeaux–the old piers and wharfs
    -Cruise the Chartrons neighborhood, stopping by Eglise Saint-Louis des Chartrons & CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain
    -Visit Place des Quinconces and see Le monument aux Girondins
    -Walk to tram “Station Grand Théâtre” and board the B line tram–an icon of Bordeaux
    -Debark at “Hotel de Ville” to see Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux and climb the “Tour Pey-Berland“
    -Back on the tram to “Victoire” and then a short walk to “Marché des Capucins”–try to budget a short stop at any of the dozen Kabob vendors along Cours de la Marne. You can also head to Place de la Victoire on foot and stop by “Musée d’Aquitaine” on the way.
    -Walk to Basilica of St. Michael/Quartier St-Michel–> this is the Moroccan/immigrant area and one of the major perks is the Moroccan mint tea, don’t miss it!
    -Walk under “Porte de Bourgogne” built between 1750 & 1755
    -Crossing back over to “Les Quais,” it’s worth a stop at “La Porte Cailhau” (built in appx 1495) before continuing on to “Place de la Bourse” and the reflecting pond.
    -You’ll then wind around the surrounding neighborhood, passing by many street corner cafes, Cafe Utopia (a cinema), Cafe Karl and, finally, Place du Parlement
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    Thank you for this self-guided tour. Would you suggest to start this in the morning or the afternoon, or would either be pretty much the same?
     
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    jmgriffin Silver Member

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    You could really do either--my preference would be to start earlier and take your time stopping at some of the landmarks along the way.
     
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    Thank you. :)
     

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