Discover the best-kept secrets of Bordeaux

 Bonjour Bordeaux! 

Traveling solo and arrived today in historical Bordeaux to revisit the city and to explore the small villages and towns in southwestern France.  Where I will glide along the riverscape of the Garonne, Dordogne, and Gironde rivers. Stopping in the quaint communities of Cadillac (kad-e-yak), Blaye, Bourg, Libourne, and Saint-Émilion, the most visited place in the Gironde. 

Bordeaux is a port city located in the southwestern region of France, known globally for its famous wine production. After many years of revitalization, this "sleeping beauty" has awoken from its slumber. With civic pride, a vision, and a grand plan for urban revitalization, the Bordelais set in motion a cosmopolitan renewal. Going about cleaning centuries of soot from historical limestone buildings, removing walls and traffic from the ancient city center. Demolishing and relocating riverfront warehouses and docks – creating a riverfront promenade for tourists, cyclists, and joggers to explore this beauty on foot.

Miroir d'eau (water mirror)

It is a mix of historical and modern renaissance. In 2007, Bordeaux received the classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honoring 1810 hectares in the region, along with its historical buildings and sites.  Situated along one of its greatest assets, the Garonne River, flowing into the Gironde Estuary, Gironde River, and the Dordogne, stretching out to the Atlantic Ocean.  Bordeaux has become world famous for its wine regions and beautiful rivers.

The city is beautifully restored and has a modern public transport system, known as the TBM, Transport Bordeaux Métropole.  You can comfortably and economically use four tram lines around this historical city, even reaching the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport.


Bordeaux is so much more than a place of world-renowned vineyards and wine. Bordeaux abounds with unexpected and heartwarming surprises, like experiencing the historical and heavenly Canelé, dating back to the 19th century, created by the nuns at Saint Eulalia.  It is a bite-size, crispy golden-brown cake, with a thin outer crust, slightly burnt and caramelized, hiding a luscious melt-in-your-mouth treat permeating with a vanilla and rum fusion.

Surprises like Marché des Capucins, Bordeaux’s oldest and largest historical covered market, dating from 1749, still thriving in modern times. This market is often called the “belly of Bordeaux” where the history of the market has stood still. It offers regional delicacies like white asparagus from Blaye, briny oysters from Arcachon, pork belly from the Médoc region, fresh lamb chops from Pauillac (pojak) and more varieties of cheeses than one can imagine.

On the other hand, discover the pilgrim’s trail to Le Chemin de St. Jacques de Compostelle (the Way of St. James) through the heart of Bordeaux. The pilgrim’s route is marked by the inlaid scalloped seashells throughout Bordeaux. The route weaves through cobblestone streets beginning at Porte Cailhau, loops past Sainte Pierre, and on to Saint-André Cathedral for 8.4km through the historic city and beyond.

Bordeaux offers unparalleled treasures to explore, noble chateaux, and breathtaking scenery. Join me in savoring its best kept secrets.

 October 19-October 30, 2023

Tram, Taxi, Recommendation in/around Bordeaux 

Bordeaux-Mérignac airport

TBM  Tram, Bus, train

Marché des Capucins  (open Tuesday – Sunday)

Bordeaux Visitors Tourism

J. Christina is the author and owner of Scribbles and Smiles. Through our blog, we share stories of the wonderful discoveries we have made on our European travels. Christina (Christie) is married to John, a.k.a. Mr. Christie.  Hence, their bespoke pen name, J. Christina.  Christie is traveling solo on this adventure, 2023.


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