A Very Wet Bordeaux & Cap Ferret

When I say wet, I am not talking about the amount of wine I have been drinking, which I am sure is customary for Bordeaux but I am talking about the constant rain that we have had today.

We drove into Bordeaux, parked along the Quai de la Douane, put on our waterproofs and ventured out to wander the streets.  We started by walking along the waterfront and to Place de la Bourse where the Miroir d’eau (water mirror) is located.  It is the world’s largest reflecting pool, however, the water had not been turned on so there really wasn’t a mirror reflection to be seen (despite the rain!).  We carried on to Esplanade des Quinconces and the Girondins Monument where there was also, much to Tony’s excitement, a small classic car display.  We moved on to the Jardin Public and Jardin Botanique, where Tony couldn’t resist doing a spot of gardening and pulled out a weed.  We walked back to the Opera House and through the shopping district before finally ending up at Tour Pey-Berland, a 50m high gothic belfry and where there was also a ‘flea market’ selling ‘junk’ to me but maybe something ‘very useful’ to someone else!   In fact, Miriam, as I know you love Giraffes, I purchased one for you and it is now strapped to the roof of the van.  I hope you like it!

We left Bordeaux and headed for Ares in the Bassin d’Arachon to look for a suitable Aire for the night.  We parked along the beach front and had some lunch before searching for the Aire and as it was still early decided to continue our journey to Cap Ferret as we had planned to cycle there from Ares tomorrow but the weather forecast is not good so we drove today instead.  We stopped at the Cap Ferret lighthouse and then were drawn to the roaring sound of the crashing waves of the Atlantic coast and so headed for the beach.  I have fallen in love with this area, it reminds me of New England, lovely seaside villages, quaint shops and plenty of oysters!  I would love to come back when the weather is better.

We finally settled on an Aire at Taussat, just south of Andernos Les Bains, next to a small tidal fishing harbour and room for 4 campervans.  Currently there are only two of us here and it is still raining!

We will continue on our travels tomorrow exploring the Bassin d’Arachon and a visit to the largest sand dune in Europe, Dune du Pilat.

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13 thoughts on “A Very Wet Bordeaux & Cap Ferret

  1. miriam March 1, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    CanT wait to see my giraffe. Got the ideal place for it. Gee thanks Rose. Hope you’re having a great time. Xxx

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  2. liz March 1, 2015 / 7:30 pm

    I can see axactly where you’ve been today and where you now are, a few Kms away from Herve’s house, about 3. that’s where I go when I visit him and his familly. I’m glad you like it and next time we MUST make it that we are there at the same time, I’ll show you the Andernos market and the oysters harbour with the oysters huts, among other wonders of the area!
    have a safe trip down south, and if you see the sky clearing try to stop at the Dune du Pilat, the view to the ocean is to die for… enjoy!! and even if the weather is rainy, don’t miss the biarritz beach…. xxxx

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  3. John March 1, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Hello Campers. I may not be responding but assure you I enjoy every blog you send. As always wish I was there with you.enjoy yourselves and safe driving john & Diane

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  4. John Lockyer March 1, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    It looks very nice but a bit wet.actually we went to slough today and the sun was shining..is the weather in slough generally better than central /southern france

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    • Rosie Pike March 3, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      Sounds to me like Slough is the place to go these days, particularly for the sun. Did you see Alan and Gloria whilst you were there?

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  5. Alan and Gloria March 2, 2015 / 7:27 am

    We went to Slough at the weekend, and it was sunny. Should we start a blog?

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    • Rosie Pike March 3, 2015 / 3:03 pm

      I think you should start a blog about sunny Slough. Did you see John and Carol whilst you were there?

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  6. Su and Ron March 2, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Sunny in Canterbury – warming up for the weekend so will send sun down to you – photos are great xx

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    • Rosie Pike March 6, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you Su & Ron. Glad you are following1 X

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  7. saml24 March 3, 2015 / 3:24 pm

    At least it feels like ‘home’ with all the rain – what a shame! Hope you are having fun nonetheless!

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  8. Mick P March 3, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    How can it be raining, we aren’t with you ????

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