travel: bordeaux, france

September 7, 2014 – I always find it a bit pretentious to say my second home is in France, but it’s the truth. And after my best friend’s mother bought me a decor pillow with those exact words, I’ve chosen to embrace it. Why not?

After a full first week of classes at Sciences Po, I headed down to my familiar city of Bordeaux for the weekend to see my host family (I lived with them during a gap year between HS & college) and relax. Paris is great, don’t get my wrong, but there was something so insanely reassuring about being in Bordeaux again. Seriously, as soon as I stepped off that train, I was immediately at ease. Warmth, sunshine, French people, pretty architecture, good wine – this place really has it all. When I was thinking about how to explain it to people, I decided that Bordeaux is like the California of France. Paris being the New York, of course.

Miroir d’eau (basically a giant wading pool) in Bordeaux
I’m such a sucker for wrought-iron balconies
My host fam has a farm, and I just found these donkeys to be so amusing
The newest animal additions to my second home – the bottom right one is my favorite, I named her Champagne
Traditional regional salad (salade landaise) with duck & foie gras & prunes
Had to stop for mojito-flavored tea with one of my good friends, Eline

I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of just hanging around and not doing much. The weather was perfect, I caught up with quite a few old friends and mostly just had some quality time with my second family in my second home. I also got to speak French 24/7 (which is definitely not the case in Paris, even though I’m studying at a French university) and lost a bit of the heavy American accent I acquired from not being immersed in French for two years – yay! I didn’t do much that was really picture-worthy – aside from those moments pictured above – but I’m planning to do a weekend in the city with my host sister when she moves into her new apartment, so stay tuned for a Guide to Bordeaux soon!


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  • Chloe Logan September 11, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Oh, how wonderful! Bordeaux is so charming. I love the Miroir d'eau, there were kids splashing about and little doggies!

    Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest

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