Sunday, August 27, 2006

Bordeaux, France

I had a wonderful time in Bordeaux during my time on the Voyager. This is only part one of the travelogue email I sent home.

Bordeaux is another one of those cities that smacks you in the face with it's beauty as soon as you get off the ship. We docked on the Gironde River, the banks of which are lined with beautiful buildings and stately edifices which reflect Bordeaux's one-time status as one of the most prosperous ports in the world. Bordeaux fell under British rule after the marriage of Eleanor ("I'd-hang-you-from-the-nipples-but-it-would-shock-the-children")* of Aquitaine to England's Henry III. Bordeaux then began supplying England with "claret" which began its world famous wine export business to the UK and eventually the Americas leading to it's subsequent prosperity.

The photos below are: Place de la Borse (a main commercial square), the "big bell" tower dating from the 15th century, a bridge across the Gironde River, two of Bordeaux's sleek, modern, quiet and efficient trams (a state of the art means of public transportation that thrives in this centuries old city), a monument to some 30+ revolutionaries considered "too moderate" and were guillotined during the worst excesses of the French Revolution in the square below, and finally a Bordeaux sunset. Enjoy!

* For those of you who don't know, this is one of Eleanor's lines from "The Lion in Winter" played in the film by Katharine Hepburn. Now imagine Kate saying it. Go ahead. Funny, right?



At 8:35 AM, Blogger Man On The Street said...

Man, I love those photos. Haven't done too much travelling myself, but did visit London a couple of times and thought it was great. Gotta go to France, though. Four years of HS French has to come in handy SOMEDAY


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