Sunday, April 01, 2012

Bordeaux

Friday morning found us leaving the house at the crack of dawn (if not before) to catch the train to Bordeaux. We were off to an auction. The first auction we’ve been to that hadn’t been organized by our expert. It was lovely to watch the sunrise over the fields as we made our way South. Bordeaux has an efficient tram system which was really easy to use. The only problem we had was how to get the tickets read by the machine. A fellow passenger soon showed us how.

 The auction house is along the docks. Like a lot of cities these areas have been re-built and we were surprised to find rather good discount shops and lots of restaurants and bars as well as a pleasant place to stroll along the river. The auction house was rather large and imposing but the people there were really friendly and we viewed all of the lots we wanted to see and a few more. We really were spoilt for choice. After the viewing all we needed to do was choose ourselves a pleasant riverside restaurant for lunch in the sunshine. This is the life! (Though we had to go through our notes and decide what not to bid on).

 The auction was very well run and moved along very quickly, no time to doze off. We got most of what we wanted and managed to catch an earlier train home. It really was a good day, the journey went smoothly and the weather was great.

7 comments:

Dru Marland said...

big quays in Bordeaux, aren't they? -I was just looking at the pics in your link. They look familiar since I watched a programme about the Cockleshell Heroes not long back....

IWASNTBLOGGEDYESTERDAY said...

sounds like a great day.I have to sit on my hands in auctions lol

Caroline said...

See what you can do when you have a proper train service...

Sounds like a grand day out.

Kath said...

Photos....?

We hope to go to Bordeaux sometime this year ..... would you recommend driving or taking the train?

Don said...

Sounds like a great trip all around! Looking forward to the pics of some of the cards too!

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Anji said...

Dru: I was amazed at how wide they were. I've seen lots of old postcards with thousands of barrels lined up on the quays - wine ready for export perhaps.

Iwasn't bloggedyesterday: I sit very still and let Rob bid.

Caroline: Yes, we were lucky. there have been some spectacular delays recently on the trains.

Kath: Good chioce. there is plenty to see- and the wine. See my answer to Caroline. I know you have good trains in Switzerland and normally ours are good too.

Don: As I come across the most interesting I will be posting about them.

Teuvo: I'll check your blog out