Considering a trip to the beautiful south of France with its lush wine country and endless historical sites? Consider Place de la Bourse; its era of construction took place during the years 1730-1775. The French Revolution brought the demise of the statue of Louis XV in the center of the courtyard, which opened the way for the later sculpture Three Graces in 1869. Place de la Bourse now houses the power behind Bordeaux’s commerce.
World class wine museum
Bordeaux, France is a city with Roman Catholic roots, and in regards to wine knowledge – a role model. It is the wine capital of the world, providing a massive wine museum featuring 200 wines from Bordeaux and 600 wines from the rest of the world. This city of extreme elegance, an opinion of the Queen on her last visit, can be shared on a romantic adventure with the city’s small population of under 250,000.
The Royal Gate of Bordeaux Cathedral is 13th century architecture, though the rest of the construction dates to the 14th-15th centuries. Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most influential and powerful figure of the Middle Ages married Louis VII in this national monument of France at the tender age of 13. She would later become queen, and also reign as queen of England, leading the crusades to the Holy Land. The cathedral itself will make a most memorable picture of postcard quality, and to include your group, try asking a passerby to take a photo of you and your friends!
Le Pont de Pierre of the Garonne River
Bordeaux is a port city along the Garonne River, lined with gardens for an uplifting and refreshing experience. The Garonne not only provides entrance for vessels to the Port of Bordeaux, but is also part of the Canal des Deux Mers, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. When visiting a port city, it is good to get familiar with the value of the waterway in that area. Discovering the reasons why the waterway benefits the city and how it makes it more of value will give you a better comprehension of what makes up the city’s identity and what it depends on to thrive. The bridge connecting the left bank of the Garonne River to the right bank is Le Pont de Pierre, known in English as “Stone Bridge.” With greenery on either side, it makes for a picturesque view of the city from every angle.
Le Pont de Pierre is 200 years old, and to touch on a special subject of the United States and make a brotherly comparison, this bridge was the first sight of Bordeaux to sea worn travelers weary of the Garonne River, which could be said to describe the Statue of Liberty, as well. Today, citizens and sightseers alike can cross this relic bridge by foot or by tram. Walking slowly across will provide a wide variety of views of the canal river.
One can see the Place de la Bourse, mentioned above, in all its colorful, expansive splendor, as well as The Water Mirror. This reflecting pool is the world’s largest and was built in 2006 as part of the ongoing renovation projects of this historical city that continues to come into its own. When history is preserved, and when we get the opportunity to live in the present while influenced and inspired by the works of the past, we see what it means to grow as mankind. We are reminded that we would not be where we are today were it not for the sojourners, strugglers, laborers, and fighters that went before us. To visit Bordeaux, France is to visit a millennium of time past – that thankfully some souls have known to preserve, knowing that when we learn where we came from, we can more easily see where we want to go.