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.
The old picture predates the addition of two clocks which were the subject of a previous blog item. Try to spot the people on the left peering over the modern-day Toyota, and the children playing near the steps of the church!
As well as vegetation and busy roads making it difficult to reproduce the old postcard view (circa 1908), there are now tents and homeless people sheltering where the gentlemen can be seen – so obviously I was reluctant to spend too much time there taking aim at them with my camera lens!
What was a wide esplanade is now mainly used as a car park. Today’s lamp-posts are more or less in the same place!
At first glance there may be nothing unusual about a Porsche 911 Carrera in the vicinity of Saint-Seurin basilica, except that it is about to drive past a statue depicting the Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix.
The statue was erected there in 1890. It was given to the city by the widow of the sculptor of the work, François Mouly, in return for a plot for her deceased husband at Chartreuse cemetery. In 1942 the statue was a victim of the Second World War, when it was melted down and its bronze recycled.
The Bordeaux statue was first installed in 1886 and soon became a massive draw for pigeons and pigeon-fanciers! The pigeons are no longer there, but what can now be seen is the 3D bronze map/sculpture which is being photographed by the gentleman to the right of the picture.