Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

We just returned from a week in France, and had the best time! Our brother, Ethan, is living in Bordeaux, France right now, so we took a day from our Paris trip to go see him and visit the city of Bordeaux. We took a 3 hour train in from Paris, and Ethan met us at the train station. 

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux is probably best known for being a famous wine region. It’s located in the southwest of France, about an hour away from the coast. I had always pictured Bordeaux to be a sleepy little country town, but it’s actually quite large and surprisingly urban. 

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

We dropped our bags off at Ethan’s apartment, and set out to explore the city. We grabbed sandwiches from a little storefront and walked around the main shopping area. 

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

In the afternoon we headed to La Cité du Vin, a fantastic wine museum that opened less than a year ago. We picked up a bottle of champagne in the gift shop, stopped into a grocery store for some cheese, and hung out back at Ethan’s apartment for a bit just catching up. 

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

That evening we met up with some of Ethan’s friends for drinks and appetizers at a wine bar before heading to dinner. The French eat notoriously late- our dinner reservation was for 10PM! We had a very enjoyable night eating great food, and obviously drinking lots of Bordeaux. 

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

Bordeaux, France | Travel Diary

We headed back to Paris first thing the next morning. It was a very brief trip, but it was nice to see a new city, meet some new people, and experience a new culture. We already can’t wait to go back, but next time we want to be sure to go out to the countryside and taste our way through the vineyards!

-Ash xx

  • Chelsea

    Dinner at 10pm!! Do the French tend to start their day later then?

  • I know! crazy right!? I think they start the day at the same time as us, but they like to have wine and appetizers around 7:00, so they end up eating late! I’m not sure I could do that every night!