So I knew it was going to be a trip down memory lane, and I was keen to go back with Mr DI and make some new memories in this beautiful city ~ little did I know what was in store for me!
Here are a few 'then & now' shots I've collated from the archives & from our recent trip...
'Thens' are on the left, 'Nows' on the right!
One of the first places we headed to was the flat where I lived
Next up, the school where I taught English ~ it hasn't changed a bit!
Place Gambetta, close to where I lived
Cathedral St Andre. There's now a tram network running through the city centre streets...
Grand Theatre. I used to queue up for free tickets here & go to Saturday classical concerts.
Grosse Cloche. This is a good example of how much of the city has now been pedestrianised.
Monument aux Girondins ~ an iconic Bordelais site...
Pont de Pierre, across the Garonne
Place de la Bourse ~ the old customs house, which faces the Garonne
It was interesting to see how things had changed: the trams, the renovated riverfront walk along the Garonne, new shops, restaurants, bars. I was a bit sad to see a few things had disappeared, like the bakery close to my flat I used to go into every day ~ the owner called me La Petite Anglaise ~ but overall the place had the same feel & of course all the monuments are still the same.
On our final morning, the weather was beautiful so we went down to the river to walk a bit & enjoy the sun.
And then THIS happened!!
Yes, there and then on the banks of the Garonne, opposite the Place de la Bourse, a new Bordeaux memory was made. It was the perfect place, time & setting, I couldn't be happier!