Having decided long before booking our trip that we would drive for the entire month we were in Europe, the reality of the long drives didn’t really hit us until we were there. However, despite getting up at 3.30am to depart England and spending the entire day travelling…it seemed to fly by! We were exhausted when we did finally reach Bordeaux, but we quickly checked in, changed and met up with my family for wine and dinner in town. Having a super-sized King bed to go back to at our hotel room was a big reward for our day on the road.
The next day we were up and back in the car heading out to Pauillac, to see my Dad compete in the Marathon du Médoc. Created in 1984 by a group of passionate marathon fans, this marathon has become a must do for many marathon runners over the years and was at the top of my Dad’s list after running in NYC a few years before. With a theme to have a bit of fun with and a course that passed through the many vineyards that scatter the region, the water stations along the way also had the option of wine (when in France?) – Dad was even offered oysters and beef! We cheered the crowd on, standing among endless acres of vineyards, with gorgeous Chateaux’s in the near distance – what a setting!
Our second (and last) day in Bordeaux meant I wanted to explore as much as we could before we set off for Cerbère that afternoon. The weather was a little hit and miss, however the sunshine did peak out from behind the dismal clouds one or twice for us. The thing about France, I found, is that even in dreary weather, it’s beautiful.
It is so easy to get around the city by foot and tram, so we were able to leave the car at the hotel.
My aunts had told us about La Miroir d’eau the night before and I was super excited to take a look. Located on the waterfront opposite Place de la Bourse, this plaza was designed by architect Pierre Gangnet and urbanist Michel Corajoud. Over the course of about quarter of an hour, the effects change over – from 2 inches of bubbling water, which stops still creating a glass-like surface, allowing the city surrounding to reflect just like in a mirror (the effect works best on a still day). After about 5 minutes, the water drains away and fog rises up from beneath. It really is quite remarkable!
After wandering about town (mostly walking around quiet streets, as on Sunday’s most things are shut), we sat down for brunch at Karl. It was obvious right away that this place has the goods, as the line went out the door. Considering neither of us speak a lot of French and there was no English menu, choosing our meals was like a game of point and pick. Although at this place, I don’t believe you could go wrong no matter what you decide on! La nourriture était magnifique!
What & Where:
This wine growing commune in the left bank of the Medoc wine region is just over 1 hour from Bordeaux’s city centre
- La Miroir d’eau
The unique reflecting pool runs daily from 10am to 10pm
Les Quais, Bordeaux, France
- Monument aux Girondins
This monument was built between 1894 and 1902 in memory of the Girondins Victims of Terror. Located by Place des Quinconces, it’s right by the Munich and Enghien tram stops, near the city centre.
- Karl Restaurant
6 Place du Parlement, 33000 Bordeaux