It is difficult to write about new travel adventures when one is not allowed to travel, hotels are closed, restaurants are closed etc. So living in Bordeaux, normally a very vibrant city, I decided to post a bit about how life has changed here in my home town.
For 10 days now, the city as is most of France has been on a lockdown phase. People are not allowed to go out and party, in an effort to enforce social distancing. Trips to the grocery store, the pharmacy are allowed, as is some limited time for outdoor exercise. The one condition, each person must carry an
“attestation de déplacement derogatoire”, in other words, a document stating why you are out and about from your home.
So, traffic of all types is at a standstill. The public transportation is still running but most buses, and trams are carrying about 5-7 passengers vs. 50 to 150. Strange to see these empty vehicles. More strange is the empty streets from pedestrians. The French love to walk around town, gather in places (plazas), parks etc. Almost all parks are closed as is the walkway along the Garonne river.