So many people ask about this subject, I feel it deserves a bit of explanation and a bit of our life since moving to France. First of all, I am half French, a product of WWII. Which means I have been coming to France since I was Two. We have been married nearly 50 years, and have vacationed here many times, just not enough, and basically we really never went anywhere else in Europe. I know hard to believe, but true. So when we made this decision, it was not just moving to France, but the decision to leave the states, settle in France and use that advantage to see the rest of the continent. Choosing the right place to live was fairly easy. We did the old list of +/- for the cities we felt would be good for us. Any snow was an immediate “NO”. Things like climate, airport, High Speed Train access, size of the city, is there a University, Hospitals, etc. Bordeaux came in with the most “plus signs”.
Now this was still a bit of a risk in that we had not been in Bordeaux for years, and the last time, the Garonne River front was till a working port. I had read where this had changed as the port was moved closer to the mouth of the river, and the old port area changed to a wonderful pedestrian zone. So we discovered that Bordeaux was no longer the “Sleeping Beauty” but a full fledged wonderful and exciting town.
So as you can see from just these few photos, there is always something going on in town. We love it here. next post will be about our travels.