After wandering through Paris for three days, we caught another Blablacar rideshare to Bordeaux, capital of one of France’s most famous wine regions! The small city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fun university town, and a great place to depart for a wine tour to the surrounding countryside. It also has the longest pedestrian-only street in Europe! The surrounding streets also prohibit cars, so it’s a great place to walk around freely, stopping at any of the myriad shops and bars.
We didn’t end up forking over the cash for an official tour because we had heard there were many opportunities to taste the local offerings at the many wine bars in town. That was true; although we couldn’t find anywhere that actually did small 1-2oz tastings, there were always many local glasses on the menus. The first night in Bordeaux we did a blind tasting of two different reds from nearby and I guessed mine correctly- Cab Sav! It was massive and tannic. Zach’s merlot was also great. The highlight though, was the best cheese board I’ve ever had in my life! We got cream cheese, goat cheese, brie, and camembert. “Oh la la,” indeed! I never truly understood cheese until I went to France. My waistline, however, is not appreciating this newfound understanding. Oh well, Europe is not the place for diets, I keep telling myself.
On our second day in Bordeaux we wandered around a bit more, tasted some more wine, had a wine and cheese picnic, walked through a huge and beautiful park, and made some friends at Grizzly Bar, a Quebecois bar with a delicious hefeweizen on special–Edelweiss from Germany. All in all, the town was very nice and mellow, while still having enough entertainment for two days. Next time I’m sure we’ll explore the surrounding villages more, as we definitely got our palates excited about Bordeaux varietals!