- Friday October 14th 2016 at 9pm, Atelier 53, 53 avenue de l'Yser, Mérignac
- Admission: €10, information and booking on 05 56 47 13 30
- Tickets can also be purchased at reduced rates here: http://www.billetreduc.com/172184/evt.htm
Extreme Gironde: the northern and eastern tips
Teaming up with Bordeaux 2066, we travel to the four corners of la Gironde over the course of a single day!
From Bordeaux to Québec via Saint-Ouen
Retracing the history of Fontaine de Tourny which, after a century in Bordeaux, now has pride of place in Québec City.
A landing pad for UFOs. Seriously?
Back in Arès to see the new spaceship that has been installed at the "Ovniport", one of the most unusual attractions in the area.
Meeting the spaceship builders
In conversation with the guys who designed and built the spaceship which can be seen in Arès.
Friday, 30 September 2016
Monday, 26 September 2016
The Gironde four corners road-trip > Part 1: north and east (Le Verdon and its memorials, and Saint-Avit-Saint-Nazaire and its trees)
Meeting up once again, the challenge we set ourselves this time was to set out on a day-long road-trip that would take us to the extreme northern, eastern, southern and western points of the Gironde (mainland France’s vastest département), secretly hoping that something interesting might happen somewhere along the way. To achieve this, we plotted our route and set out early on a Sunday morning from Saint-Aubin-de-Médoc, knowing full well that we were about to drive almost 600 kilometres together, i.e. the equivalent of travelling to Paris.
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Bordeaux Safari’s tagline is that it is “le guide dont vous êtes le héros”, in other words the reader is the central character and the book serves as an interactive roleplaying device that moves the aforementioned hero from point to point throughout Bordeaux, seeing and experiencing the different facets of the city. And so it was that early on a sunny Sunday morning, I set off on my bicycle without knowing where exactly I was headed.
Saturday, 10 September 2016
So, to make things easier for you, Invisible Bordeaux has once again been looking closely at what’s on offer and here is a small selection of some of the more unusual and eye-catching visits... although this year’s choices come with a twist: all of these activities lie outside Bordeaux. Meanwhile, the full list of venues and visits - in Bordeaux and beyond - can be found on the official event website.
Saturday, 27 August 2016
The fountain has already featured on the blog, as part of the investigation into the Léon Gambetta monument which was the centrepiece of the Allées de Tourny throughout much of the 20th century. At the time, the Allées were bookended by two ornate fountains which were first installed there in 1857. Just like the Gambetta monument, the fountains were removed during the 1960s overhaul of the esplanade (the main aim of which was to install an underground car park). As their upkeep was considered too costly, the fountains would never return.
Saturday, 20 August 2016
A friend of mine had spotted the previous Arès spaceship on the car park of trailer company Sud Ouest Remorques in Saint Jean-d’Illac. I stopped there to get the full story and found out that two employees, Luc Albingre and Thierry Rouzade, were behind the design and manufacture of the new spaceship. I arranged to meet Luc and Thierry to find out more, and this is what they told me:
Saturday, 16 July 2016
I was recently disconcerted to see that the flying saucer which had been positioned there had disappeared, but lately found out that in June of this year a brand new UFO had landed. In part 2 of this feature, I will be meeting the people who conceived and built the new spaceship (and no, they aren't aliens) and finding out what happened to the previous spaceship, but for now let's revisit the story behind the UFO landing pad.