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Today's post is about some of my favorite spots in Bordeaux! I am in constant awe of my city's beauty.
She is beautiful for me everyday, it is only polite to return the favor!
That being said, many of these photos do not do these beautiful (and historical) sites justice, however you can click on the photos to enlarge them. I hope perhaps one day you will be able to see them for yourself. You'd be happy you did!
This is my favorite historical site in Bordeaux.
Palais Gallien is one of the most awe-inspiring structures in my beautiful city.
The city has it blocked off, so you are unable to walk around by yourself, however I believe they offer free tours where you are able to roam around.
The structure is the only visible remains of the Roman city Burdigala. It was built in the 3rd century, construction started in 254 and completed in 268 and the stucture is said to have held more than 20,000 people!
I think the reason I love this site so much is because I have never seen anything so magnificent. I can only imagine the events that took place here, the crowds cheering, the fashions, the smells!
Place de la bourse - The Three Graces
This monument is located along the Quai.
It is beyond beautiful.
Built in the early 1700s, the original statue was of King Louis XV, however I believe it was destroyed during the French Revolution. It went through a couple more facelifts, until 1869, when the "Three Graces fountain" representing Aglaia, Euphrosyne and Thalia, the daughters of Zeus was put in placed and stands to this day!
I call them the guardians and greeters of my city. Even though France annoys me on several different levels everyday, I cannot hold a grudge because of her beauty. The Three Graces remind me that everything will always be alright!
Musée d’Aquitaine -- The Venus of Laussel
This is my favorite piece inside the Museum of Aquitaine. The Venus of Lauseel is more than 25,000 years old and is considered part of the Gravettian Upper Paleolithic culture.
She is holding a cornucopia that has 13 notches drawn upon it to perhaps represent the 13 full moons or menstrual cycles in the year.
She is no bigger than two feet tall and was carved on limestone. She was found outside of Bordeaux in 1911.
The Museum outlines the history of the Aquitaine region, which its ancestory beginning with cavemen, through the Gallic phase, then the Romans, to slavery to today. Bordeaux history is so rich and flavorful, much like our wine!
Place des Quinconces
This is one of the largest squares in Europe.
It was laid out in 1820 on the site of Château Trompette. The trees were planted (quincunxes, hence the name of the square) in 1818.
The fountain is beyond beautiful!
Many people have picnics on the steps or on the nearby grass just to enjoy the view! This photos was taken in the early spring, the city shuts off the fountain during the cold season.
4.5 km long, the Quais of Bordeaux is idyllic for a nice stroll along the waterfront, or whatever your fancy, such as: biking, rollerskating, or skateboarding! You can also stop off for a bite to eat, a drink or have a picnic and people watch. Also located on the quai is a skatepark and further down from that, closer to Saint Michel, there are sand volleyball courts, basketball, a roller rink and other outdoor activities to practice your favorite sport!
During the summer, huge cruise ships dock along the Quai where people from all over the world enjoy my lovely city.
Cathédral St. Andre -- Place Peyberland
This photo only does it partial justice. I love just sitting in here, surrounded by so much history and beauty, it brings tears to my eyes.
It was consecrated in 1096 by Pope Urban II.
In 1137, the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine then fifteen years old, was wed to the future Louis VII, King of the Franks.
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