Train due for Bordeaux in 5 mins +
Another train bound for Paris came to the same track 2 mins prior +
Announcement only in French =
WRONG TRAIN BOARDED!

Result: 5-hr delay (and 107€ additional) to Bordeaux – yet made it we did:

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Making the most of the 21 hours we had in Bordeaux, a stopover in route to Spain, we did a city tour. Supposedly, the layout and street architecture was used as a model when Baron Haussman was commissioned to “modernize” Paris in the 19th century.

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Couldn’t fit in a wine tour with the kids in tow, but were able to sample it at lunch.

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Gabriel found the water plaza:

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And Aubrey – a new hat:

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Finally, we almost boarded the wrong train AGAIN for Spain. Who knew that one train comes into the station, but separates in the middle and then each go their own way? And try to figure that out while the crowd is clamoring aboard each one? With kids? In less than 5 minutes? And more luggage than anybody else? Am sure it was announced but the only word I picked up was ‘merci’.
Apropos.
Bring on the beach. And the bulls.

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