|A rainy, cool day today but we've had such good weather all week we shouldn't complain. We just put on several layers, grabbed our umbrellas and off we went with our guide. We took one of the modern trams for several stops to the beginning of the shopping center. Bordeaux has the longest pedestrian shopping walk (several miles) in Europe. Trucks and cars are allowed until 11:00 a.m. to make deliveries to the shops but after that, steel posts about a foot around come up from the street to make barricades.
Bordeaux is a lovely city with buildings from several centuries. The mayor that was elected in 1995 (and is still mayor) started several projects to put the city on the map. He initiated building the three trams lines and cleaning the facades of the limestone buildings as they were black from the smoke from the old wood stoves.
On our 3 hour walk through the shopping center, we saw some buildings from the different eras and stopped for tastings (no wine!!) of elaborate chocolates and pastries. We have the afternoon free to go back into the city if we want but it is raining quick heavily so for me, it will be a relaxing afternoon in the lounge!! We have the Gala farewell cocktail hour and dinner tonight before having to pack to leave in the morning. Seems like this week has flown by and we have enjoyed being together.