Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Lazy days,Busy days, More Bordeaux Blogging
Yesterday was blessedly quiet here. A storm threatened, but never quite materialized, all day. They closed all the parks in case of wind and lightning damage, which seems rather extraordinary to us (impossible to close Stanley Park although the road through it has been closed during severe windstorms) but probably quite sensible given the density of both people and trees in these urban parks and the ease with which they can be closed.
We weren't completely slothful although I read for hours and had a delicious nap. We each did a yoga workout via Wifi and iPad, and we had a very enjoyable random saunter on our morning baguette mission. I couldn't resist stopping for photos regularly --Paul is very patient, or tries to be--I've posted a few here and if you click on the Instagram widget at the top right, you can see the little Flipagram video I made with 16 of the shots. Bordeaux has such a wealth of architecture, particularly, as I understand it, of 18th-century town homes, so many wealthy merchants showing off their success for each other.
We're off on a walking tour of Bordeaux this morning, so I may find out more about the architecture here. Or not: we've elected to go on the French-speaking tour, as a way to practice our language skills. We're wishing there could be accompanying French subtitles, as in the lovely little film we watched on Netflix last night, L'Auberge Espagnole (the English version, apparently, is The Spanish Apartment).
But I suppose there's not much chance our tour guide's words will materialize in writing above her head. Dommage! That would be such a help. Oh well, we have a lesson scheduled this afternoon. Perhaps the French overload will push our poor brains right through into a magical Franco-fluency....
If not, we can commiserate with new friends over apéros later this afternoon. We've been invited to their place, having begun to forge yet another link to this city.
Meanwhile, may I ask you all a question? I've noticed that some of my stats have been down, pretty much since we left home, although not consistently so, and some measures have gone up. I suspect some of this has to do with the busy return to regular schedules at the end of summer. Also contributing might be that I'm posting from a different time zones so the posts go live at a different point in readers' days. But I'm also wondering if some of you simply find travel posts less interesting, and since you're not pinioned at a neighbour's dining table while the photos are being passed around, you discreetly tiptoe away rather than clicking through to my blog. I will probably keep posting the travel photos because I'm so keen to share what I'm seeing, but I'd like to maximize value for effort expended. Any feedback would be appreciated.