That year,2012,in the end of the summer, we(my wife and me), had seen a lot.
Besides of our main stays in Madrid and Biarritz, about what I have told You recently,
we also took the trip to the very nice city Bordeaux in Aquitaine region or more precisely
Gironde department in the southwestern France. It is a port city on the Garonne River, after Loire and Rhones, the longest river in France.
We had debarked, from the train from Biarritz,in the railway station Saint Jean , and immediately
proceeded, downstream the current of Garonne River, with the bus to the Place Des Quinconces,
one of the largest city squares in Europe, approximately 31 acres or 126,000m2.
All the square was planted with trees in special plan, called the quinconces, in 1818 year.
You can see here two white-marble statues of Montaigne and Montesquieu.
The principal monument and most significant here is surely the Column in memory of Girondists,
who fell as the victims of Jacobins of Robespierre during the Reign of Terror of French Revolution.
Just a splendid monument.It is composed of a large pedestal framed with two basins, decorated with bronze horses and troops, and surmounted by a large column with a statue on top that represents the spirit of liberty.
Here was the tram system installation in 2003, with two tram lines, 21 bus lines and 12 coach lines through Gironde.
On the our return to the Saint Jean train station,we also had the strong impressions of the Church of St.Pierre, the Church of Holly Cross,Place de la Bourse, Rue de St.Catherine,Church of Notre Dame, Grande Theatre,Pont de Pierre (the magnificent old stone bridge).
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