Our day in Bordeaux was interesting in that we didn’t have that great a time. The weather was pretty bad, which probably made the day worse as well. We had wanted to go on a wine tour of the area immediately outside of the city, which was offered by the tourist office, but when we asked about it, we found out that they were all booked for the day. Disappointed, we decided to take a mini-train tour around the city (you know those little trains that zoos and parks use? Yeah, we rode in one of those and were the only people a) without children and b) who were not old), which helped us get our bearings but also helped us discover that there wasn’t anything particularly interesting to us. There was a small Roman necropolis under a church that we visited (helped out by an adorable, and probably very bored, French guy about our age whose English was terrible), and some interesting sites (fragments of an amphitheater, an enormous clock tower, and the church where Eleanor of Aquitane was married to one of the Louis), but mostly it felt like we were doing a lot of walking for not a lot of excitement. It certainly didn’t help that, in addition to the weather, most of the food we had did not live up to the French stereotype.
Now, I will say that we could have researched Bordeaux a little better and planned things out so that we could do things that were cool to us. We could have reserved tickets to a wine tour in advance. We could have researched restaurants that were affordable and delicious. I think, though, that we were both so excited about the “Roman” portion of the trip, that is, Arles and the surrounding area, that we didn’t even think about Bordeaux and what we might want to do there. I think that’s the problem with me and Chris travelling together – we are so very extremely excited by Roman stuff, and places that have Roman stuff that we forget that some places are exciting for other reasons but that we might need to work a bit harder to figure those reasons out. So, lesson learned. 🙂