But we generally plan a bit more energetically, and since Lynn asked how we organize our days, I thought I'd give a few examples of our different approaches.
10a.m until noon, a guided walking tour of Bordeaux's centre. Paul had stopped in the Tourist Office a few days earlier to buy tickets for this tour, choosing the French version for the opportunity to practice our listening/comprehension skills. We were well aware that we'd probably miss a fair bit, but we generally find that such guides speak a clear French that we can follow enough. This was the case, especially as an older member of the group, also working in a second language we think, kept asking our guide to slow down. I was gratified to understand about 3/4 of the very informative tour, perhaps thanks to a familiarity built up over the last few years of visiting here. We rarely join group tours, but we will sign up for another, based on how much we learned in such an engaging manner.