The fifth most popular road bridge in Bordeaux
A tour of Pont Saint-Jean, the second road bridge to span the river Garonne in Bordeaux when inaugurated in 1964.
The Bordeaux and Arcachon postcard overlays
Wandering around Bordeaux and Arcachon with old postcards in one hand and a compact camera in the other.
Introducing Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique
After starting out on the blog as an appropriately "invisible" subject, here is an exclusive inside view of the city's brand new stadium.
Turning Languedoc into Bordeaux
We travel back to 1973 and the Winegate scandal which durably tarnished the reputation of the local wine industry.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Friday, 15 May 2015
The unloved edifice was the result of a relatively short process which began in 1962 with an initial call for tenders to deliver a bridge to connect Quai de Paludate (near Saint-Jean railway station on the left bank) with Quai Deshcamps in the right-bank Bastide quarter. Campenon Bernard, a company which is now part of the Vinci group, were selected and they teamed up with the architect Jean-Louis Fayeton (1908-1968). Construction work began in April 1963.
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
During the hour-long conference I will be looking back over some of the sights, sounds, stories and people that I have researched and documented since launching the Invisible Bordeaux website in 2011.
There’ll be exclusive anecdotes, exciting photos, spectacular videos and possibly even indoor fireworks if I obtain the relevant paperwork from the local authorities. Bordeaux will never be the same again.
I hope to see you there!
The vital statistics:
- Invisible Bordeaux conference, Thursday June 25th 2015 at 6pm
- Musée d’Aquitaine auditorium, 20 cours Pasteur, Bordeaux
- Admission entirely free of charge
- Facebook event page
Saturday, 2 May 2015
The story began at 124 Quai des Chartrons which, at the time, was the waterfront home of the prestigious wine trading and export company Cruse. On Thursday June 28th 1973, inspectors from the State tax department’s Brigade de Surveillance des Services Fiscaux descended on Cruse, possibly as the result of a tip-off, with the intention of carrying out a full audit and inventory.
Sunday, 26 April 2015
During an enjoyable case of work commitments and personal interests converging, I was recently given a sneak preview of the nearly-completed stadium, and visited the venue in the company of two delightful members of the “SBA” staff. I thought the outing deserved a blog entry, so here it is!
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Monday, 6 April 2015
This time, the François Didier trail led me to the renowned Musée Georges de Sonneville in Gradignan, to visit an elaborate exhibition that is currently showcasing his work (it runs until April 12th), entitled “Neanysa, ville antique”. The concept is simple but the execution is both surprising and impressive in its scale: François Didier has created his own imaginary ancient city, Neanysa, and the exhibition enables visitors to discover the city-that-never-was by viewing a whole host of items and documents that pay testimony to how things were, or might have been!