5 things to know about Bordeaux
Hey guys! Bonjour à tous !
When I'm asked about where in France I come, from, it always get weird, I stutter and end up saying "a little bit everywhere." Which is not exactly the answer one is waiting for.
The fact is, I'm born near Arcachon, truly one of the most beautiful place on Earth (check my post here), but I grew up in Champagne Ardenne, in Northeast part of France, and then moved to the Northwest coast for my studies. So, yeah, sure, I know where I'm from, but when it comes to say it to someone that only has a very vague notion of France, I mention Bordeaux.
In truth, I have never actually lived there (well, my brother does and I stayed at his place a couple times, does that count?). But, it's very simple to get the attention of my listener because no one has never heard of the word Bordeaux. Or they've never heard about France and in that case, they probably wouldn't ask.
In any case, Bordeaux is a gorgeous city to visit and stay at and today, I compiled 5 facts about the capital of Aquitaine.
C'est parti !
1) The best work place in France.
According to a 2014 study from Le Parisien magazine, Bordeaux is, with 39% of votes, the #1 place (before Toulouse and Montpellier!), where French would like to work!
2) World-known wines.
By the end of his military career, the Maréchal Richelieu (heir to the famous Cardinal) retired in Aquitaine. There, he discovered the little known wines of Bordeaux and introduced them to the King's court. Rumor has it, that he said "If God forbid to drink, would he have made such a wine?". The Marechal was so fond of them, that the Bordelais' wine were then nicknamed "Richelieu's tisane".
3) Château Bordelais.
Of the thousands of hectares that are part of "Le Bordelais", we can count over nine thousands "castles". Indeed the name "castle" doesn't mandatory refers to an actual castle, but more of the domain in itself. In truth, there are "only" sixty castles throughout the region. By definition a "Château Bordelais" has nothing to do with architecture but more with the construction and place where the vinification and viticulture take place.
4) Les canelés.
The legend says that the canelés, little cakes easily recognizable with their dented shapes, were born during the XVIIIth century by nuns. To produce their wine, the workers used the white of the eggs by the hundredth and allegedly gave the yellows to the nuns, whom then used them to bake the famous little cakes.
5) La Rue Sainte-Catherine.
Over a kilometer long and with more than 250 shops, Rue Sainte Catherine is known as the longest pedestrian street in Europe ad is most definitely THE place to be for a great shopping session. In December, the street is adorned by lights and create a magic Christmas-y atmosphere like no other.
Here you go! 5 Facts on the Southwest most gorgeous city, Bordeaux!