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Some pictures from Bordeaux

In Bordeaux, France on August 3, 2016 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Just a selection of five from a couple of recent days out. More soon perhaps.

I didn’t think this was the 1311 to Soulac-sur-mer! Three carriages from the Orient Express are currently based in Bordeaux. For just €530, you can have a three hour train ride and a gourmet dinner in these restored 1920’s vehicles.

Oriente Express

Orient Express in Bordeaux

The roof of Bordeaux’s main station, the Gare St Jean, is being renovated. Any scaffolders among you will appreciate the complexity of this construction. It’s several hundred feet long (the length of a 15 car train), six platforms wide and I think is almost art!

Gare_St_Jean_scaffolding

In town on 2nd August was the cruise ship Sirena. Originally named Ocean Princess, this  completely refurbished ship carries 700 passengers and 400 crew. It weighs just over 30,000 tons, is 181 metres long and reaches 42 metres above sea level. The Pont Chaban-Delmas has to be lifted to allow the ship and others like it to dock in the city centre.

Sirena

Staying with the nautical theme, Bordeaux is the location of one of the massive World War 2 German U-Boat bases. Built between 1941 and 1943, this colossal structure resisted all attempts to destroy it by bombing. In one botched raid, several hundred local civilians were killed. Part of the building can be visited, free of charge, in the afternoons except Mondays. Some additional information at http://invisiblebordeaux.blogspot.fr/2011/12/la-base-sous-marine-ghostly-ww2-u-boat.html and as that article says, the coming redevelopment of the former docklands may see some changes, but no-one expects demolition to be one of them!

Bx uboat base

Bordeaux U Boat base

Finally, one for the ‘how the hell…’ department. These disused grain silos must be 30 or 40 metres tall, if not more. Did someone abseil down from the top to make their mark?  How did they get up there in the first place? These are in the Bacalan area of the city, not far from the old docks.

graffiti

Grain silo graffiti

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