Creating the Linnaeus bust
Artist Lucie Geffré tells all about the bronze piece which welcomes visitors to the Right Bank Botanic Gardens
Down the old botanic garden path
Botanic gardens have been a fixture of Bordeaux's Jardin Public since the 19th century
Up the new botanic garden path
Modern botanic gardens in the Bastide offer a wide range of scenery, greenery and ambiences
Back on the Formula 1 track
In the 1950s Bordeaux held its own Formula 1 Grand Prix races. Invisible Bordeaux unearths the story and cycles the full length of the circuit!
The crest of the Garonne waves
Dissecting the various components of the city of Bordeaux's coat of arms
Monday, 18 August 2014
Friday, 8 August 2014
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
It is said that the city’s first gardens, initially known as “Jardin des Plantes” were founded in 1629 as a formal collection of indigenous plants cultivated for medicinal, aromatic or culinary purposes. The Jardin enjoyed a number of different locations throughout the city until 1856 when it moved into the Jardin Public, the extensive parc à l’anglaise in central Bordeaux.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Motor racing had grown in popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century, with a number of urban circuits holding Grand Prix events. In Gironde, the earliest races to be organised by Automobile Club du Sud Ouest (ACSO) were held in the Parc Bordelais throughout the 1920s, followed by a one-off Grand Prix in Saint-Médard-en-Jalles in 1932.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
The blazon is topped off by an azure segment comprising the distinctive silhouette of the fleur de lys, the stylised lily which was the symbol of French royalty. As we shall see further down the page, this part of the coat of arms has not always featured!
Sunday, 29 June 2014
We start on Cours de l’Intendance and this attempt to bring first- and second-generation trams together! Look out for the charming selection of adverts on the wall over to the right. The moustachioed tram driver seems very focused on his job. Note the horse-drawn carts parked over to the right-hand side.