I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to going on trips. I’m not particularly organised about it – E handles the logistics – but I like to make a note of the things I want to do and see, and get a little fixated on the checklist. While that has its advantages, there is something to be said for just letting yourself get lost, wandering aimlessly and seeing what gems you might find without seeking them out.
As Bordeaux isn’t particularly overflowing with major landmarks, I felt like this really allowed me to just… be, without worrying about missing out and being a bad tourist. And the thing is, I notice and appreciate so much more detail and charming quirks when I’m not marching towards a destination.
Walking around without an agenda led us to festive music played by a band in a pretty courtyard, a delicious Nutella crêpe (the batter of which was definitely spiked with rum and all the better for it), gorgeous street corners and signs, colourful doors and balconies covered in flowers.
We did intentionally take a stroll around the Esplanade de Quinconces, a fountain (shut during the winter) of magnificent sculptures. I’m sure it’s beautiful in Spring and Summer, but even without the water it’s impressive.
Of course, we enjoyed the spoils of the market at home with some fresh, crusty bread – foie gras, rillette, saucisson… let’s just say my jeans were feeling a little tight come Boxing Day.
Here’s to getting lost a little more in 2015.