I love hearing about people’s favourite cities: why they love it, special memories from their time there, and all the recommendations I can get my mitts on. In this new series, I’ll be chatting with bloggers about their favourite city in the world. First up is Emma from Adventures of A London Kiwi.
MY FAVOURITE CITY
TCL: Hi Emma, thanks for being our first contributor to the series! So, what’s your favourite city?
Emma: This gets me in trouble with my English husband all the time! While London and Auckland (New Zealand) are my two most beloved cities in the world, my current favourite has to be Bordeaux, France where we very recently visited.
What do you love the most about Bordeaux?
I adored the medieval quarter where statues seem to hang from every corner, lintels where sheep decorate restaurant signs (true fact), where the wine flows deliciously and the locals are so very, very friendly (especially when you learn to say “I’m sorry, I can’t speak French well, I am from New Zealand” in French…)
Tell us all about an adventure you had there
We booked a tour but the guide sadly had to cancel last minute. Instead we witnessed the jaw-dropping exercise of a local feline resident being taken for a walk! He was snow white, had a cherry red lead and seemed to be quite content with us videoing him paparazzi-style whilst his owner looked on in bemusement.
Being ex-RSPCA I was initially a little worried about the cat being happy, but he was bright eyed and bushy tailed and seemed to love the attention he had strutting along the ancient pavements.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Bordeaux?
Simply wander from beautiful attraction to cute little cafe and back again.
Bordeaux is well known for amazing food and drink, so where’s your favourite restaurant there?
Well, there were two quite different ones; Funky Burger where the French hipster kids hang out (we were fairly fish out of water I can’t deny it), the graffiti-style art is crazy amazing, and you get a lit-sparkler stuffed burger on your birthday OR the Downton Abbey-esque Chateau where we were treated to a silver-service breakfast complete with ornamental silver peacocks.
(Ed: Errr, where do I sign up for silver peacocks served with every meal?)
Did you find out an interesting fact about this city?
We simply picked Bordeaux for the early October sunshine and the ability to add a few days of fun to a work conference, but the city has been regenerated over the last few years and is looking gorgeous. Who knew it had at least 5,000 uniquely styled gothic-baroque inspired buildings under that former grunge…?
What top 3 things would you recommend to do in Bordeaux?
1) Visit the De La Mirror fountain at twilight
2) Try as many of the wonderful local wines as you can (and know that rosé is coming back into fashion)
3) Take a day trip to one of the many Chateau wineries
What’s the first city you remember visiting?
My first proper city was Prague in a rather chilly, sunny November. Gorgeous, friendly (see the answer to question two, but in Czech!), funky, fascinating – just all the things.
I adored their sense of humour and quirky street art in amongst the pride held by their actions during the great World Wars (such as removing their street signs to confuse the invading enemy forces).
What do city breaks mean to you?
They’re a short taster of the country at large; a hors d’oeuvres of a longer slower break where you can springboard into different locations.
What advice would you give people wanting to go on a city break?
Research ahead, book central accommodation and remember to relax.
QUICK FIRE ROUND!
Balcony or beach? Balcony (overlooking a beach?)
Luxury or budget? Depends on the destination.
Culture or adventure? Cultural adventures (I’m rubbish at this…)
Local lingo or mother tongue? Mother tongue.
Metro or walk? Walk all day long!
Sunshine or snow? Sunshine or a chalet overlooking the snow…
Thanks again to Emma for kicking off the first My Favourite City post – I loved hearing all about Bordeaux. It’s firmly on my visit list now!
Want to take part and tell me all about your favourite city? Pop me an email at email@example.com and I’ll whizz back the questions.