Thursday, April 4, 2013

Why I Think France Is Cool Now (Bordeaux)

The Eiffel tower. A man in a beret playing the accordion. Old ladies walking around with baguettes under their arms. Wine. Like, really good wine. A beautiful language that drips with romance.

For some reason, the romantic vision that most Americans have of France never really appealed to me.

However, an afternoon in the charming city of Bordeaux changed that for me. I was struck with the handsomeness of the architecture, the warmth of the bread on my baguette sandwich, the simple delight of people-watching from a seat in a plaza cafe (something you can do in Spain, but feels so FRENCH in France) and most of all, the sunshine.

Now, France does not have a monopoly on sunshine, but if you had spent the winter of 2012-2013 in Madrid, you'd have massive vitamin D deficiency too.