Top reasons why you should visit/live in Bordeaux
So, imagine this scenario. You have always dreamed of visiting France or even live here. You have studied French for the past five years of your life, preparing for this trip. Of course, after all this time you can now order yourself a piece of cake (and that’s basically it, because who can actually learn French?) You have already prepared your barrette and you say ‘oh la la’ to everything? Time to take the next step. Buy a ticket and come to France. But where do you go? Paris springs to mind as always. But even though the city of love has its perks, why not try something a bit different? Of course, there are many wonderful places around the country but since I am bias and not afraid to say it, I am going to give you my top reasons why you should visit/live in Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is a port city in the Gironde department in the Southwestern part of France. It is the sixth largest town in France and is the capital of the Nouvelle- Aquitaine region. Bordeaux can be considered the worlds wine capital and hosts the biggest wine festivals. The Sleeping Beauty (a nickname for Bordeaux) is also on the UNESCO’s world heritage list.
When one asks themselves where they want to live, the quality of life is one of the most important things. I can bore you with some numbers here. Such as Bordeaux ranking in the top of charts like ‘where do the French people want to live and work?’ But I prefer to speak from experience as I believe this is a lot more realistic.
To put it simply Bordeaux is beautiful. It has a certain charm, that is almost breathable. When you step foot in the city you feel like time has stopped and it is not only because you are surrounded by history everywhere. Even though Bordeaux is a metropolis it seems like the city has found a perfect symbiosis between being a modern town, keeping its history and still having a slice of nature all around it for people to enjoy.
The Public Transport
The transportation system in the city is modern and reliable. Something French people make sure of by having a strike now and then to ensure that. It might be considered a little pricey, but realistically such a huge system of buses and trams… it just makes sense. The only negative for me is that it is not working after 1 o’clock at night. There are three main lines of trams A, B and C and right now a 4th is under construction. You can check out my video on how to buy a ticket for the public transport in Bordeaux here and a full article about the public transport – here.
It is Clean
Bordeaux is a very environmentally friendly city as well. Cycling is common among all ages and there are a lot of cycle lanes around the town. The city provides bikes next to most of the bigger tram stops that can be accessed with your TBM card.
The locals are another great plus for me. I have been to other French cities, but I have not seen more polite people than the bordelaise. Here the importance of being respectful and well-mannered seems to be well revered. Rarely you can experience someone being rude and even though the locals can be a bit reserved they are never unfriendly.
It is Relaxing
If you are someone with a family or you just like nature you are in luck too. The city has thought about something very important and it is keeping a lot of green spaces around the town. Gardens, parks – they are everywhere and they give the locals an opportunity to kick it back and relax. Which brings me to my other point about why living here is so nice. This is a trade I think typical for all around France, to be honest, but still…. People here know how to relax. And I am not talking about having a weekend every two weeks. The locals respect their lunch breaks and days off religiously. So, if you decide to come work in Bordeaux… here you go.
It is Safe
As a girl living in a metropolis city that likes to go out from time to time, I know that safety is a big thing to consider. But Bordeaux actually has a pretty low crime rate. Of course, do not test it by walking all alone in the middle of the night through a sketchy neighborhood. That is just common sense.
Check out the statistics: https://www.numbeo.com/crime/in/Bordeaux
The nightlife scene here is really rich. Diverse and eclectic. There is something for everyone. There are a million pubs around the town, that would make any Englishman or woman that miss they country – feel at home. There are hundreds of French bars and bistros if you want to try and immerse yourself in the local culture and style of living. There is some kind of festival going on almost every week. The bottom line is that if you want to be entertained – you will be.
Food and wine
And talking about drinking, of course, there is no better place to be if you are a wine-lover. There are so many places around the town where you can actually go and visit a vineyard. See the process of making wine from A-Z. Try all types of wines. Just remember – drink responsibly. *wink wink*
There are also restaurants for every taste. A diverse platter of all different types of cuisine. From fancy French dishes to simple homey ones and everything in between.
Architecture and History
As I said Bordeaux is on UNESCO’s list and this is not a coincidence. History surrounds Bordeaux and there are countless beautiful landmarks you should visit when you come here. Art, architecture, and history are intertwined into creating amazing spaces. If you are interested in checking them out I do have a vlog from Bordeaux about all the landmarks you should visit. Also, I have an article about my top ten destinations in Bordeaux you must see. I will leave links in the description.
Well, guys if all of this did not convince you to come and visit or live in Bordeaux than consider this. Bordeaux is named La Belle Endormie or the Sleeping Beauty. And honestly who doesn’t want to live in a place called like that?! I know I do.
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