On our second day in Bordeaux, we left the hotel quite early to the city centre. We bought some pastries for breakfast in a local pastry shop on our way to the tram station. Small and local bakeries like this are very common in France as it is one of the government policies to retain the “neighbourhood” environment.
We bought a carnet of 10 tram tickets because it was cheaper. While waiting for the tram to arrive, we nearly missed the tram that stopped at the opposite stand because it was also the terminus (and thus trams leave from both stands). Alex should have realised it because of his one semester of French class during our third year.
Our first destination was the tourist information. We got a map and asked information about vineyard tours. We wanted to join the tour on that day because the weather seemed nice, but it was full. So we made reservations for the next day. A little expensive but what’s a Bordeaux trip without visiting the famed vineyards?
The lady at the tourist information centre showed us the city’s attraction, but this time we decided to NOT walk around looking at buildings as we normally do. We decided to just wander around the city centre and walk along the riverside, paying attention to the small details of locals and streets.
We started with the main shopping street, also supposedly the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe. Shops in Bordeaux opens from 11am till 7pm, so not all stores were open when we reached there. 11-7 store opening hours seem better than 10-6 in other European countries as I figure people hardly shop at 10am, but nothing beats the store opening hours in Asian countries.
We slowly walked to the biggest church in Bordeaux but it only opens after 2pm. It was expected because most museums and churches and some stores are usually closed on Monday in some European countries.