Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Rainy Day in Bordeaux

Wine tours don't run on Sundays during the off season, so we had the day to ourselves to explore Bordeaux. Unfortunately, 95% of the stores were also closed on Sunday so shopping wasn't on the agenda. Instead we wandered the streets of Bordeaux and dodged the raindrops - we both carried umbrellas the entire day as it rained pretty steadily all day long. We actually enjoyed it for the most part - it's the most rain we've seen in almost a year and it was a refreshing change from hot and sandy.

Later in the afternoon, we decided to spend the rest of our day at a wine bar Brian found on Trip Advisor. It sounded like the perfect place to have a nice bottle of red wine, a cheese plate and people watch. It was a really good plan and according to the web directions Brian found, only a 10 minute walk from our hotel. You can already guess what's coming, can't you? ... about 45 minutes into our walk we stopped someone and asked for the street name we were looking for. First, the nice French gentleman asked if we spoke English, and then he shook his head and said, "you are quite far". Once we stopped laughing we got directions back the way we came and took the tram. Turns out, the street name was on the opposite side of the street behind us and we missed it and just kept going.

What's even better is that when we did finally find the wine bar (over an hour after heading out) we were met with a closed sign on the door. Apparently, this place is sooo popular that they can close on Sundays! (sigh) But never fear, we were in Bordeaux so finding another spot to enjoy a bottle of wine didn't take long. :)

Here are a few pics from our wonderfully rainy day.

Tomorrow we head to the Graves Region for some more wine tours!

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