Maurice and I decided to do something special for our 14th wedding anniversary and, since the city of Bordeaux is nearby and we have never been there, we decided to spend a couple of days there. It turned out to be a fabulous city, really beautiful with ancient architecture but modern art sculpture here and there and a very nice tramway.

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Our hotel was in the old section of Bordeaux, very near this beautiful opera house.

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And there were beautiful windows everywhere.

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I have had canelés before but didn’t know they were a speciality of Bordeaux.

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Don’t they look good? They taste like a baked, chewy custard, vanilla flavored.

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Little known fact: the Spanish artist Goya painted here for many years and died here as well. A statue to remember him.

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Bordeaux was once a walled city and this delightful clock tower still stands. They ring it on the first day that the grape harvest starts and on November 1st.

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The remains of an ancient Roman coliseum. The Romans were here too.

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An amazing sculpture done by a woman artist-I think her name was Sanna. It’s made of metal, huge, sort of flat and, although there are features on the metal like the nose and mouth, it has more to it and looked like a photograph in many ways. Just incredible.