Bordeaux was one of those cities that I didn't have any expectations when visiting. I assumed it would be like any other metropolitan city in Europe, but was blown away by the beauty, culture, and history that Bordeaux exudes. Our main purpose for visiting was honestly just a stopping over point between Amboise and Carcassonne, France. Bordeaux did have its share of urban shopping centers and upscale restaurants, but outside of the city hub, Bordeaux captivated with a charm more typical of small town rural French villages. At the end of our two month trek through Europe, Bordeaux stood out as an unexpected favorite. Between dozens of free history and art museums, our days were packed to the brim. Bordeaux, like many European cities, boasted plenty of green spaces and our afternoons were spent lounging in the grass over a picnic lunch. A highlight of our tour de Bordeaux was a trip into the Medoc wine region where we toured several wineries and tasted the afternoon away. Although Bordeaux had its share of tourists, it was the first European city I could truly see myself living in; I only wish we had more time to explore this unique city.
This semi-water park along the river was teeming with children enjoying the misting sprays of cool water during the hot afternoons.