The Anonymous Widower

Le Petit Commerce, Bordeaux

The hotel recommended this restaurant for my supper.

Any time I’m in Bordeaux, all other places where I eat will be judged against this restaurant.

It would also have been a place that C would have adored. Like me, she loved to eat fish and that was the bulk of the menu.

So in some ways it was fitting that I ate there six years and a day after she died.

December 12, 2013 Posted by | Food, World | , , | 1 Comment

A French Version Of My Mother’s Rule

I’ve said before that my mother told me that stops on the London Underground are two minutes apart. I called it Irene’s law for calculating journey times.

A French Version Of My Mother's Rule

A French Version Of My Mother’s Rule

This picture shows the institutionalised version on the Bordeaux tram.

Their interval is one minute and thirty seconds.

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Trams and The Place De La Bourse

I think that this set of pictures show how you can run trams through areas of architectural importance.

Bordeaux is actually a World Heritage Site. The citation states.

an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble

So you don’t really want tram wires all over the place! But then Bordeaux’s trams are trams without wires. Surely the trams in Edinburgh should have been designed without them.

Note too, that there is a tram stop here called Bourse, but the only things you notice are the slightly raised paving and the fact that trams stop and open their doors to let people on and off.

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Exploring Bordeaux

These are some of the pictures I took walking around Bordeaux.

It is an easy city to navigate, although a few more maps would help. But there is always a small one at evrery tram stop.

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Trams Without Wires

This set of pictures, shows trams running in the city centre and the unique ground level power system called APS.

APS or a system like it, should have been used in Edinburgh to avoid putting up unsightly wires.

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Bordeaux’s Trams

Bordeaux has three tram lines that cross in various places in the city centre.

They are larger beasts than typically and in the city centre they run using a ground current collection system, so that there are no unsightly wires.

Every tram stop seems to havce a local map, but these could show a larger area, as two or three times, the place I needed was just off the map.

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Greeted By A Map In Bordeaux

Virtually without exception at any London station, you get greeted by a map on a lith.

Greeted By A Map In Bordeaux

Greeted By A Map In Bordeaux

It was a surprise to be greeted in the same manner as I exited Bordeaux station.

Unfortunately, the detail was a bit fine and I couldn’t find the road, where my hotel was located.

But I was put right by the girls in the Tourist Office nearby and quickly bought a ticket for the trams and was on one to Quinconces near to the hotel.

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Would I Go Back To Biarritz Again?

Of course I would!

Especially, if I could be guaranteed some weather like I had just experienced.  The temperature had been about 14 °C with a humidity of over 50%

I do wonder about my father’s health.  He suffered from a similar catarrh to that I’ve suffered for the last couple of years and he had lots of skin problems. He always put the latter down to the solvents he used in his printing business. I’m pretty certain he was a coeliac too, as I must have got the genes from somewhere.

I also remember him saying once that he had been to Biarritz.  So did he go because he felt healthy there, as I just had?

I don’t know and there’s no-one I can ask who knew him, who’s still alive.

But as I seem to feel better in Biarritz, if I think I need a break in the winter, I think I’ll go.

Trains seem to take between five and six hours from Paris and there seems to be at least one train every hour.

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A Strange Bottle Of Evian Water

I bought this bottle of Evian at Biarritz station.

Note that is says Live Young on one side and something in Dutch on the other.

Strange for a product made in France and sold on a French station.

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Through The Fog To Bordeaux

The train was a TGV Atlantique, which had started at Hendaye and after Bordeaux, it would be on its way to Paris. The visibility wasn’t good.

Through The Fog To Bordeaux

Through The Fog To Bordeaux

We also arrived in Bordeaux a few minutes late. But the train wasn’t at anyway near the speed it would attain on the high speed line; LGV Atlantique to Paris.

It was a typical boring and professional train ride, that is becoming common all over Europe.

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