Friday, January 13, 2012

Week One

Who knew I would be ready to come home after one week?! I thought I would be super excited for at least one month. But maybe it's school, or the fact that I still don't feel like I'm in a foreign country -- other than the fact that everyone speaks a different language, I only know how to get to certain places, and it all looks completely different. Maybe I just need to have some pizza or popcorn. And, did you know, cigarette smoke in France actually smells good?

Oh, well. I'm in France! I have to enjoy it!!** I've been trying to book cheap flights to anywhere in Europe, but haven't succeeded yet. I have a local bank account now, which is required for basically everything in France. I think I could get by without one, but you need a bank account for the most random things, like a tram card or a cell phone.

Here are a few things that I have done lately (that make France a much better place to spend six months):

This is Grosse Cloche (it means 'big bell'), it used to be an entrance into the city.

Pont de Pierre along the river. Beautiful bridge. I have been over it once on Tram A to get to a church in another part of Bordeaux.

Still along the river.

Very odd statue. Detail of the front fountain is in the lower picture. There is a rooster on the front and several horses with fish tails for rears. I'm still not sure what mythical creatures these are all supposed to be. 

A road. Facing an old entrance to the city. Don't ask me where it is. I just walked there with a big group. Sheesh, what's with the interrogation!?

Church near Hotel de Ville tram stop. So breathtaking. 

I wish the pictures were clearer. 

Just the pipes on that organ were twice my height!

Wonderful to see a nativity scene. 

Sorry this became somewhat of a picture album. I figure some of you will want to see pictures and some may skip over -- no, wait. All of you will want to see pictures.

**I acknowledge the fact that I am blessed to be able to spend six months in a beautiful area so different from my home. Please no "Keep your chin up" type comments! Thank you. 


  1. Love the pics. Grandma came and read your blog too. She says it looks like a wonderful city for sightseeing. Enjoy every moment.

  2. Horses, with fishtails for rears....Seahorses?


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