Just a quick two hour high speed train from Paris and I arrived in Bordeaux. It is SO hard for me to get out of Paris and I have had a few invitations to explore other parts of France but hey I am stubborn ( I admit it) A friend of mine purchased a house in Bordeaux a while back and spent the last year fixing it up with a lot of love. I was invited to join her and her family for the weekend. Since my trip and days were so limited in Paris I accepted but only for one night. Sundays in Paris are my favorite and it was my last one.
We took an early evening train and arrived just outside of the center of Bordeaux in the country after another quick train and car ride to the house. The sun was setting so we headed out for dinner before settling in for the evening. When we arrived back at the house we made sure to notice the clean crisp air that smelled like a wood fire or if you have ever smelled this candle by diptyque it was a perfect match. We also noticed the stars in the sky which you can't see in Paris due to the pollution. We looked for the big dipper and a few other constellations before turning in for the night.
I joined my friend, her husband, and her daughter in Bordeaux. I asked her daughter if she would join me for a walk in the morning once I saw the light coming through the window. She was already awake so she jumped up at the chance. We walked around and explored the area a bit while the sun was still waking up and the dew was fresh on the ground. I should note I slept a solid 10 hours while in the country, it was exactly what I needed.
I didn't know what to expect when I signed up for Bordeaux. It was an immediate "yes" when I was invited. My first look at the house and it was love at first sight. My friends put their heart into this house and it shows with every detail. I love the fireplace and can imagine cold Winter nights reading a book. The red checkered floors, large farm table, and furniture are details I wish I could fit in my suitcase.
We had a slow morning around the house and my friend's husband went for a croissant run to the local boulangerie. We had a mixture of chocolate croissants that were huge along with regular croissants, brioche, and my first ever canelé. What have I been missing out on? For whatever reason I thought they had cinnamon which I avoided. I will note we had vanilla ones without rum and I prefer them this way. I am now craving these delicious sweet treats.
We enjoyed lunch with red wine from Bordeaux before heading off into the city. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer. I am extremely lucky to have friends that invited me to their beautiful home in Bordeaux. A huge merci to the whole family.