Exploring Gare Saint-Louis
Saint-Louis operated as a railway station until 1968 and has since become the forgotten wing of a Leclerc shopping centre.
Lormont's national health museum
Invisible Bordeaux visits le Musée National de l'Assurance Maladie to learn all about how France's national health system has evolved over the years.
Inside Bradley's Bookshop
The story behind Bordeaux's only English-language bookshop and an overview of the challenges it currently faces.
Square nets, huts and walkways
All about the Gironde Estuary carrelets and their unmistakeable silhouettes!
Revisiting the quayside
Old postcards demonstrate how the Bordeaux waterfront has changed almost beyond recognition over the past century.
Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
Invisible Bordeaux first encountered Gare Saint-Louis when researching the cycle path which runs all the way to Lacanau. The cycle path replaced a railway line which previously departed from Gare Saint-Louis. The station’s other destinations included Bordeaux Saint-Jean and the Médoc wine-growing area.
Friday, 21 February 2014
Bradley’s was founded in 1983 by a couple of expatriate Australians, Pauline and Paul Carpenter. They moved into premises on Place Gambetta and, instead of simply calling it “Carpenter’s”, opted to give the brand new bookshop Pauline’s maiden name: Bradley. The Carpenters spent 20 years at the helm of the store until their retirement in 2003, when the business was taken over by Englishman Terry Vincent.
Friday, 14 February 2014
The following all show various views of the waterfront, demonstrating how much it changed throughout the 20th century, and how much it has evolved in recent years with the city “reclaiming” the quayside for pedestrians, cyclists and rollerbladers, and installing the popular “Miroir d’Eau” attraction.
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Hameau was born in La Teste itself on October 5th 1779 in a small house located on what is now Rue du 14 Juillet. His father, André, was a local tailor who had married Jeanne Labouroir from Dax, further south in the Landes area. Aged just 16, Hameau began his medical studies under the guidance of one Dr Desquives in Ychoux, a few kilometres to the east of Biscarrosse. Two years later, in 1797, he departed for Paris, pursuing his studies at École de Santé de Paris where he spent four years and contributed to an initiative known as the “Centre de la Vaccine”.