I had a short layover in Lille on the way to Bordeaux, so I spent an hour exploring the area around the train station.
Just outside the main entrance, there is a large statue, entirely bright Yellow. It’s impossible to miss.
While most of the buildings were quite modern, there were a few I found that were much older than the rest.
I ended up missing my transfer because of train delays… twice. The rail company was reasonable enough to rebook me for free (both times), and even gave me a free upgrade to first class on one of my trains.
Overall, I ended up arriving earlier than expected, because my itinerary was moved to high-speed routes. Honestly not worth all that stress to arrive 2 hours earlier.
On my first day, I walked around downtown Bordeaux, just exploring. First I encountered a covered market, where I bought some fresh bread and produce for my lunch.
Afterwards, I took some time to admire the stunning architecture and monuments.
On the second day, I visited the botanical gardens. It was a very relaxing walk.
I also visited two exhibits, the first being the Submarine Base. It has been converted into a multimedia extravaganza, with every wall covered in projected images and animations to music. It’s difficult to describe how stunning the experience is.
I stayed in the Base for at least two hours, there are multiple rooms, each with multiple sequences.
Lastly, I visited the Cite du Vin, an interactive exhibit on the science, culture and history of wine.
For my entire visit to Bordeaux, I was staying with a local resident. He was an excellent host, kind enough to open his home to me. We cooked some meals together, and on my last night we went to the fair that was in town.