After a week of travelling through quaint little French towns it was invigorating to arrive in Bordeaux. Here was that mix of old and new that fractures and enlivens. The grand old boulevards giving way to the medieval cobbled streets and secret passageways – enough for the tourist world but with plenty left over for the locals.
The first stop out of the hot and dusty Smart Car- the Magasin General complex. Walking with slightly cramped limbs up to the startling entrance; a mass of ornate vintage chairs in a covered space between two warehouse, connected by an overhead walkway made out of swirling salvaged wood. Magasin General is an unusual mix of bistro and grocery store that also sells artisan bread and surfboards. It has the look of a place that would have attracted people from the very start- its random mix of old and new materials sending off radar signals of vibrance and energy.
Back over on the main bank of Bordeaux, I see my paltry 24 hours are no match for a city of this complexity. With some recommendations from fellow Instagrammer Caroline Gomez, a local designer who favours a natural and slow approach to her craft , I find my way to the fresh and lovely Plume Small Kitchen behind the Cathedral in the old quarter. Later a wander down the Rue Notre Dame, home to unique clothing & design shops , including the Scandinavian home wares boutique o design where Caroline’s work is sold.
So just a taste of Bordeaux. A little sip. But definitely one you where you would nod to the waiter and ask them to fill your glass….