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Travel: 24 hours in Bordeaux

After a family ski holiday we had one night in Bordeuax before flying home to the UK. Here’s what we did with our 24 hours:

4pm after checking in to Hotel Notre Dame (a basic but clean and well located hotel) we poked around the shops of Chartrons. This is my favourite area of Bordeaux full of small boutiques, envy inducing apartments, antique shops and small bars, restaurants and delis. If you head along Rue Notre Dame south to north you’ll see the best bits.

6pm it was time  for some drinks and snacks at La Conserverie – a Cave and deli with a cosy seating are out the back

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8.30pm we moved on to A La Cantine for dinner. This is a small friendly place with an easy menu of French comfort food.

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The next morning we headed to Marché des Capucins for a late brunch. It’s not the most beautiful building but is packed with an awesome selection of South West France’s food suppliers. At most counters you can pull up a stool and have a glass of wine and a plate of whatever they sell. Fresh seafood and a glass of fizz seemed particularly popular. This is a must do if you’re in Bordeaux on a Sunday morning.

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Final stop was the Sunday Saint Michel Flea Markets across the road from the food market. Surrounded by Moroccan shops and cafes this is a large square full of stalls selling vintage clothes, bric a brac, antiques and other things you REALLY need. I bought a beautiful mohair/alpaca coat and an old rusting door number (obviously). Again a must see.

To finish off the day you could stroll along the river front or check out Rue Saint-Catherine and then the golden triangle (Bordeaux’s Bond St)

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