Bordeaux at first impression
Usually if we say France we think first of all to Paris, without taking into consideration that this nation is very rich in places (even less touristy) to be discovered. It was for this reason that when I said I was going to Bordeaux everyone had a rather strange expression and thought that maybe I was wrong. But no, I had a flight booked and a friend waiting for me right there! Capital of the Gironde Department and the region of Aquitaine, it is known worldwide for its famous Bordeaux wine. But the city is not only this, in 2007, UNESCO have included its historic center among the various heritages of humanity. And indeed the city, and in particular the center, is really rich in monuments and things to see.
Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
The first impression just dropped from the plane, could not be better: a lots of pain au chocolat was waiting for me to welcome me in the French town. They are small brioche all butter and chocolate chips! With a full stomach I can start my tour, first stop Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, a large theater, built on Place de la Comédie, an ancient Roman forum. I recommend to visit it in the evening when it is all lit up and full of people. On its steps it will not be difficult to find lots of guys. In the same square there is also a curious three-dimensional sculpture.
Another important square of the city is Place de la Victoire (picture on top), one of the main squares of the city where the Porte d’Aquitaine stands out and the University of Bordeaux is located. The square is also occupied by a mega sculpture of turtle that bears grapes in the mouth. From there, also begins the main road of the city where there are shops and various bars.
Place de la Bourse
The city is also rich in various religious buildings. The Cathedral of Saint Andrew, the Church of Our Lady and the Basilica of St. Michael are just some of the churches I have visited. Moving away from the river is the Place de la Bourse. This square was destroyed on the occasion of the French Revolution, after which it had several names: Royal Square, Liberty Square, Imperial Square, Royal Square again and finally Place de la Bourse. Nearby is the Porte Cailhau built for the victory of King Charles VIII at the Battle of Fornovo in 1495.
Right next to the Place de la Bourse, I tasted the real Breton crepes, to say the French Galette Bretonne. As I known that calling them simply crepes is definitely wrong: in fact crepes is the name with which they indicate the sweet dish while with galette they indicate the salty dish. Unlike how you are used to eating it, this galette is folded on four sides (stuffed) and in the middle has egg and cheese. It is not definitely a healthy food but once you are there, you cannot miss them!
Where to stay
Nestled in the tranquil bay of Arcachon, on the edge of the shore and backing onto lush pine forests, you will find the luxury Villa La Tosca. Built in 1903 in the Arcachon Architectural style, Villa La Tosca is a beautiful hotel decorated with acute attention to even the finest details. The Villa itself is a mix of sumptuous and restored features. The elegant design of Villa La Tosca is inspired by local architecture with Italian influences and envelops guests in an atmosphere of tranquil luxury. Villa La Tosca is a home from home, where guests can relax by the open fire with a glass of vintage red from the hotel wine cellar, or browse the shelves of the wood-panelled library. Unwind amidst the lush landscape and fountains and take a refreshing dip in the natural spring waters of the hotel swimming pool. In summer, guests are invited to dine on the hotel terrace and admire spectacular sea views and sunsets. The eight guest rooms boast bright, airy interiors with splashes of rich colours and stylish wooden furniture, creating a warm, inviting ambiance. All the well-appointed luxury rooms each come with an en-suite bathroom and are individually designed to complement the surroundings and make the most of the sea and forest views.