Wine and R&R in Bordeaux

It is tough to get back into the swing of writing for this blog. Between wrapping up our time in Amsterdam, and settling into our new day-to-day in Atlanta, Bryan and I are simply busy!

But, I am committed to this space.

My next bit to write about is our quick weekend trip to France back in…June. 🙂

Bryan and I put Bordeaux high on our travel bucket list when we first arrived in Amsterdam. I am glad we did, because our trip in June for the Bordeaux wine festival was fabulous in every way.

We arrived in Bordeaux on Thursday, June 14th, and settled into our Airbnb in the afternoon. We stayed right near the water and loved our central location!


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Eager to check out the wine scene, Bryan and I popped by the entrance to the river walk to pick up our tickets for the weekend. (They gave us one of those cheesy necklace straps with a wine glass and wine glass holder for tasting!) It may have been cheesy, but we proudly sported our gear and loved it.


After we grabbed out passes, we walked along the stalls to check out the scene. We enjoyed seeing the ancient ships Regatta, with the world’s biggest sailboats. The race took the ships from Liverpool to Bordeaux.

That night, we ate at a delicious restaurant called Le Bouchon Bordelais. Our friend Matt Williamson, who lives in Paris, said it is one of his favorite restaurants in Bordeaux! We ordered an amazing bottle of wine and sat in the corner of the restaurant for hours.

On Friday morning, we slept in and then stumbled upon an amazing coffee spot for breakfast. We ended up going there every morning for coffee because we loved it so much.



Our lunch on Friday was the biggest “foodie” highlight of the trip: the tasting menu at Garopapilles. The attention they put into all of the dishes was so impressive.

Make a reservation and go there because your tastebuds will thank you.

Look at how much Bryan is beaming in these pictures above. You must go!

On Friday night, we grabbed light meals at Belle Champagne for dinner and walked around  the city afterward. Belle Champagne was lovely, but we were not very hungry because of our decadent lunch.

The wine festival was so neat because all of the winemakers from the region come to pour wines from around Bordeaux. It is not about the individual wine makers or their vineyards, but it is about the region as a whole. We loved meeting different wine makers and hearing their stories.


The next day was more of the same — more wine tasting, more eating, more laughing, and more walking around the city.

However, I cannot neglect to mention our long run on Saturday morning. We needed to work off some of the wine and food we gorged on.


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We flew out Sunday and enjoyed every second of our time in Bordeaux! It is a quant, charming city and the perfect weekend retreat.


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