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As a treat today Jim has booked us a 2CV tour of the city of Bordeaux. Bordeaux was once known as "La Belle au Bois Dormant" (Sleeping Beauty), but no longer. It is now UNESCO listed, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site. It receives 5.5 million visitors annually. We took the train from our village into Bordeaux for the day.
Bordeaux is a charming city full of ancient 18th century dignity. After arriving by train and tram, it was wonderful to stroll along the thriving waterfront of the Gardonne River past chic boutiques and cafes. We then headed to the beautiful building of Place de la Bourse near the Water Mirror. Our weather was perfect to enjoy the reflections from the Water Mirror, before commencing our 2CV tour.
Martine picked us up in her cute little 2CV named Desiree! Then we were off to tour the city in a car that could barely go 25 miles an hour! Desiree was allowed in some areas because she is a tour car, but the city centre is mainly car free. It was fun driving through the narrow streets with its beautiful architecture, stone mansions and smart terraces. Bordeaux is
also referred to as "little Paris".
After our tour we enjoying strolling through the city on foot while getting a closer look at the ancient towers, churches, and parks. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day!
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