We took the cheapest possible train journey option to get from Bruges to Paris, resulting in the relatively small distance between to the two places taking most of the day to travel – with four changes along the way, including our good friend Amelie’s home town – Lille! Hi Amelie!
We have both been to Paris before, so the main purpose of our visit this time was to see the famous ‘Moulin Rouge’ show. We booked the tickets some time ago – a wedding gift special. The show was amazing; feathers, sparkles, the music and dancing, the men, and of course the women! It was a fantastic evening, enjoyed even more with a bottle of bubbles!
We still did manage to take in a lot of the sights of Paris, most of them were covered in a fantastic free walking tour run by Sandamans (they run free walking tours in lots of European cities). We were also happy to finally tuck into some real French baguettes in front of the Eiffel Tower – yum!
A three hour train journey bought us to this beautiful Unesco World Heritage town set on the banks of the Garonne River. We enjoyed a coffee with the locals sat outside one of the many cafes watching the world go by, and explored the cobbled alleyways that meander through the town. The buildings and architecture were lovely, but the real reason for our visit to Bordeaux was of course for the wine!
We did a half-day wine tour where we got to see a fraction of Bordeaux’s 5000+ wine-producing estates. The vineyards looked stunning and the vines seemed to go on forever, overlooked by some huge châteaux’s. We also stopped off to a tour Saint Emilion, a Medieval town which was a beautiful place, but heaving with tourists.
Biarritz is a beachside holiday destination for the French, and famous for its big waves. We therefore headed to Anglet beach where Ian hired surf gear and took to the waves to surf – in nice 3 foot, slightly onshore waves.
We had dinner at a “Crampot” (an area of old fisherman houses strung along the waterfront which have been converted to small seafood restaurants) where we had traditional dishes of grilled sardines, and tomatoes stuffed with a fish puree. Accompanied of course with a French baguette!
The town itself was very touristy and quite glitzy, and the public transport was so cheap it made it really easy to get around.
See next: Spain