Balade Bordeaux

Sketching a path through the heart of Bordeaux

The postcard illustrator Sophie Navas uses her pencils to capture all the charm of central Bordeaux, as it lies along the banks of the Garonne. Here, she takes you on a tour around the city, surveying its narrow lanes. Bon voyage!

I’ve arrived in Bordeaux! While it’s still early, I like to explore the streets of the city on the banks of the Garonne, which are still beautifully sleeping. It’s so early, the café terraces aren’t even out. I start my wandering at Place de la Bourse, and set off towards Saint-Pierre’s church.

Sketching a path through the heart of Bordeaux

I’ve arrived in Bordeaux! While it’s still early, I like to explore the streets of the city on the banks of the Garonne, which are still beautifully sleeping. It’s so early, the café terraces aren’t even out. I start my wandering at Place de la Bourse, and set off towards Saint-Pierre’s church.

Sketching a path through the heart of Bordeaux

It’s half-past ten, and time to sit down with a coffee near Porte Cailhau. I meet some fellow illustrators and hang out while we knock up a sketch.

What’s next? Place Lafargue, with its bustling life and cafe terraces, where we run into some more friends.

Sketching a path through the heart of Bordeaux

What’s next? Place Lafargue, with its bustling life and cafe terraces, where we run into some more friends.

There’s plenty of options for lunch. I fancy some fish ‘n’ chips. It’s not very French, but the fish is fresh and the chips handmade, and it’s all served with a smile.

Sketching a path through the heart of Bordeaux

Place de la Comédie. I settle down near the Grand Théâtre to draw the detail of a column, which I find so fascinating with its impressive clock. A fine example of top class craftsmanship.

Detail of the age-old facade of a hotel, a stone’s throw from the cathedral in Place Jean Moulin.

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