Oh, Bordeaux. Where to even begin. From the white washed bricks that give the city its polished, signature feel to the lavish vineyards of old family names, we fell for this region and we fell for it hard. We walked the Place de la Bourse, visited the Grosse Cloche, and crossed the Pont de Pierre by foot, then later by boat. We strolled those streets day in and day out, purposefully getting lost to wander some more, never tiring of any of it. Here, let me just show you..
Our itinerary, created by Journy, had us leisurely visiting the main sights in Bordeaux and Saint Émilion (I wrote about that town guide here) while making sure we had plenty of time to indulge in Bordeaux’s finest activity… wine-ing, of course. We took the Bordovino wine tour one day and spent the morning in the Graves region and the afternoon in Médoc. There were lots of words like grands crus and haut and lots of talk about classification, but I’m not going to spoil all the fun for you. Unrelated, I dare you to try to remember all of the jargon in between wine tastings. *wink
Our food tour included brunches at Plume and Karl and dinners at the ultra hip Le Chien de Pavlov, a prix fix menu at Miles with impeccable service, La Tupina where we fell in love with canelés, and Belle Campagne with an upstairs view. I have to tell you, Journy was worth its weight in gold with making all of the dinner reservations in French and in a different timezone. Phew! (They also gave me a 25% code for friends: montgomeryfest25)
One afternoon as we were strolling the river Garonne, we hopped on the Bordeaux River Cruise and took in the sights by water mostly because I’m a sucker for a good river cruise. So relaxing. And there you have it. Our Bordeaux trip in a nutshell. Have you been yet? Favorite part – go!