120 Hours In Bordeaux

After my flatmate Bella told us the news that she had booked return flights for her mother and herself for £40, one of my best friends, Monet and I decided that we wanted to begin our 2017 with a short girls holiday.

We ended up playing rock, paper, scissors to decide whether we'd be flying out to Milan or Bordeaux. Monet was Milan, I was Bordeaux so you can guess who won our game (me!).

£25 for return flights? Yes please! My tired and student budgeted eyes couldn't believe that flights existed for such a price. I'd heard people talk about Ryanair being cheap but I didn't know it was this cheap! 

So from the 5th - 9th of January we spent our time frolicking around the beautiful city that is Bordeaux, screaming 'je ne parle pas fran├žais!' and what an experience it was. During our time we stayed in a studio flat that we booked with AirBnB. Our host, Herminia was the best you could ask for (a free bottle of wine on arrival? can't really beat that can you?) and she really made our stay that extra special.

I couldn't tell you what my favorite thing about our trip to Bordeaux was but it has to be between the €2 euro boat  ride, the beauty of the buildings or the free mojitos? Bordeaux is a friendly, affordable and lively city where after only a few hours you really feel like you could pass for a local.  Getting around was one of my main concerns, I was worried that the language barrier would get in the way and we would end up stuck in the middle of nowhere! 

But that wasn't the case at any moment of time during our stay, thanks to google maps and translating apps (shout out to technology for being the real MVP). Also, the transport in Bordeaux is nothing short of amazing, with the buses and even BOATS showing and announcing the upcoming stops, how could I complain?

With the help of Herminia and google, we attempted to set out and do some sightseeing which only lasted for the first two days of our travel before we caved in and spent most of our days laying in and relaxing. As we slept through the day we decided we needed something to do in the evening and so after a one hour search on yelp we decided to visit somewhere called 'Calle Ocho'. We decided to go to Calle Ocho because one of the reviews simply said 'It's so much fun you'll want to buy drinks for strangers' and boy was that review true!

From the bar staff, to the people there, to the free mojitos, to the music. There was just so much to love! Also the excitement when you run into other Londoners who decided to randomly venture down to Bordeaux for a girls trip to, that was the cherry on top. Calle Ocho left me with a new love for Latin music, a new love for the fact that I was British (they love a tourist there!) and a new love for travelling and meeting new people. 

Being a student being broke is something I worry about, being broke in another country? The idea is enough to shake you to the core. But in Bordeaux that wasn't the case, I did already mention €2 boat rides right? The first time we ate out we visited Restaurant l'estacade on the recommendation of Herminia and all I have to say is: three course meal for €17. 

Where do I begin on the food? Amazing, every single time. I don't even like cheesecake but the one that came with my trio of desserts was scraped clean. If you ever decide to visit Bordeaux this restaurant is a must, I promise you won't regret it. With a view of the sparkling sea, tasty food and lovely staff, Restaurant l'estacade had me sold from the moment we sat down.

My trip to Bordeaux was the best start to my 2017 I could have ever asked for. It's inspired me to travel more, create more memories with the people I love and explore as many cultures and languages as possible.

If you would like to see bits of my trip to Bordeaux through my eyes then check out my vlog I posted on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltwsrpElDEY.

Till my next next travelling adventure,

Withloveyossy x

What's your opinion?

  1. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Your Airbnb looks great! I know I love using that and technology is a life saver while traveling! Let me tell you it came in handy in both Japan and China while I was there. (: Nice job on all the freebies too. Nothing like that to make the trip more fun.

    Single Vegas Girl

  2. A really cool post; was thinking of visiting France again but wanted to avoid Paris. Bordeaux seems like a great alternative and with cheap flights you can't go wrong!

    I look forward to reading about your future travels!

    Chi-Chi | www.lifeofchi.co.uk

  3. Looks like it was such a memorable fun trip! I always love traveling mainly because of how different the culture and food is across the world. I've never been to the UK, I'd definitely love to go one day!

  4. Wow this looks absolutely amazing! I visited Bordeaux briefly when I was like 6 but I would to visit again :)

  5. I can't believe how cheap those flights were!! Sounds like you had an incredible time!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  6. This post is beautiful, and your photos are incredible! This post definitely gave me back the travel bug, haha. Glad you had such a great trip!!

    Jaycee | anthropolojay.com

  7. I actually cant believe it was that cheap! It pays to check flexability with companies like that. Bordeaux looks amazing its only ever been a stop off for us. Oh and my that restaurant looks amazing. I know where I will be dining! X
    Lola Mia // www.lolitabonita.co.uk

  8. Wow looks like you had an amazing time! I knew someone who had managed to get a flight from UK to Montpellier for less money than getting a taxi to the other side of town! Ryanair have some crazy deals on sometimes!
    Sam xox

  9. We booked Dublin with Ryanair just before Christmas, £20 return flights! That was a spur of the moment decision but the best one! I absolutely loved it. Your blog is gorgeous! I absolutely love everything about it, and travel posts aren't some of my fave to read!

    Lydia x


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