Bordeaux, nicknamed “The Little Paris”, is a gem of a city that bestows much of the charm of Paris in a cleaner, less crowded, and lower stress fashion. Many people miss this little beauty that was restored by the former mayor of Paris who power washed many of the limestone 17th. and 18th. century buildings. He offered tax incentives for people to have their own buildings cleansed of the centuries of soot that had accumulated.
He also installed a sleek and modern tram system that can swiftly move you around this extremely walkable city. The city also boasts the longest pedestrian shopping street in Western Europe where the 18th. century buildings look as if they were built in the last decade.
It’s wonderful to be here, but my camera has just malfunctioned so I’ll have to wait for a replacement to arrive from the States. In the meantime, I will have to use the camera on my iPhone which will reduce the amount of photo content due to the difficulty involved in uploading them to the site.
RUE SAINT-CATHERINE – Europe”s Longest Pedestrian Shopping Street
Here you see an example of the clean limestone that I mentioned. The lovely building with the pillars is a multiplex movie theater featuring 12 cinemas.
THE DELUSIONS OF TRUMP – The French are as concerned as we are.
PLACE DU PARLEMENT
A COUPLE OF BITEXTUALS IN THE PARK
This rusty bugger is one of sixteen exact duplicates spread around Bordeaux with his oxidizing bits and pieces hanging out all over town. Dubbed “Pee Pee” man by Sophie & Deniz whom I would soon be meeting at La Giraudiére in Brossac.
Arrival At La Giraudiére
PAUL, SOPHIE, AND DENIZ SIT AT A TABLE THAT I WOULD SOON BE PAINTING