Once again, Invisible Bordeaux has made its way to Le Bouscat. This time we are headed for the l...

Castel d’Andorte: ghosts of centuries past in Le Bouscat’s Parc de la Chêneraie


Once again, Invisible Bordeaux has made its way to Le Bouscat. This time we are headed for the leafy Parc de la Chêneraie to explore its centrepiece, a mysterious 18th-century mansion known as the Castel d’Andorte.

For many centuries the surrounding area had comprised of farmland and vineyards and regularly changed hands: it was the property of the chapitre of Bordeaux’s Saint-Seurin basilica for a number of years, then the legal counsel Arnaud de Ferron in the 16th century, followed by Étienne Duval, a knight who was also the Seigneur of Castets-en-Dorthe. In the 18th century Duval sold the land onto one Abbé (abbot) Laborde, a dean within the Saint-Seurin chapter.

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One of Invisible Bordeaux's favourite places in the city is the remarkable Parc Floral, which...

New video: touring Bordeaux Parc Floral's twin city gardens


One of Invisible Bordeaux's favourite places in the city is the remarkable Parc Floral, which was the subject of a full feature many months ago (now also available in French).

I recently returned there with three young men, Minister FIFA, Lukesterray and Mystery Hoodie Boy, and together we toured the park's twin city gardens. Please make sure your passport is handy and follow us as we magically travel to Peru, Canada, Morocco, Israel, Spain, Germany and elsewhere!


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Don't ask me why but I've always been strangely fascinated by the names of independent h...

The hair-raising names of hairdressing salons in and around Bordeaux


Don't ask me why but I've always been strangely fascinated by the names of independent hairdressers in France. The puns are sometimes clever, often painful and invariably memorable. And what is it about the overuse of apostrophes? 

I thought it might be interesting to compile the best names spotted in and around Bordeaux, so here is the evidence as gathered with the help of readers who submitted suggestions and photos via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Now, if you find yourself cringeing as you scroll down the page, do remember that names like these have to be cherished as one day we may wake up and notice that all hairdressing salons have magically become franchise branches of Frank Provost, Jean-Louis David and Tchip. So let's enjoy them while they last..

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