Bordeaux Riverside visit, walk and lunch: Tuesday 11th October

Moon about the Moon harbour and visit inside Pont de Pierre

pont pierreMeeting place and time: the Porte de Bourgogne tram stop on A or C line between 9.30 and 9.45.

At 10 and 11 a.m. two 1-hour visits of the oldest bridge in Bordeaux, the Pont de Pierre which looks solid but is in fact hollow, with a Bordeaux-Metropole guide for 2 groups of around 12 persons each.

The visits are free. The numbers of visitors are limited for safety reasons, make sure you book early.

The bridge was seen as a daring venture and graceful structure when built in 1816-21 and still stands proudly astride the river… or tries to. While one group goes in, Alain will take the other group across and around so that we can enjoy the views and the history of the harbour, then we swap at 11.

A gentle walk downstream (800m, 1⁄2 mile) will take us all along the oldest part of Bordeaux, the grand mid-18th century riverfront and Place de la Bourse to the corner of Place des Quinconces for lunch at La Belle Époque in the dining room of a former hotel graced by a picturesque décor of coloured Bordeaux tiles by Vieillard, the famed local potters.


belleepoqueAt La Belle Époque in the dining room of a former hotel graced by a picturesque décor of coloured Bordeaux tiles by Vieillard, the famed local potters.

Menu at 25 Euros per person


Salade de Saumon roti aux aromates

OR Verrine de Chèvre aux tomates et basilic, creme de curry


Pave de Cabillaud, creme de moules a l’estragon

OR Filet de Canard braise au miel et gingembre


Gratin de Poires au Lillet et basilica

OR Verrine surprise Belle Epoque, brochette d’ananas

Two glasses of wine per person and coffee are included.

After Lunch

pont-bacalan-chaban-delmasWe will then walk further downstream to Pont Chaban-Delmas, the newest bridge, past two remarkable buildings – the Bourse Maritime and Hotel Fenwick and then along the Quartier des Chartrons where North-European wine merchants had their houses, businesses and wine storing facilities.

Either the Cité du Vin Ligne B tram stop or the river shuttle (both boarded with Bx tickartes) can take us back to Les Quinconces with connection to Ligne C, or to the Hotel de Ville tram stop where Ligne B connects with Ligne A. Determined walkers can foot their way back to town centre (2 kms).

N.B: for those who want to see the bridge and lunch but find it difficult to walk, tram C will take you from the bridge to either Place de la Bourse or to Place des Quinconces.


Book on line or direct with Norma B.

Cheques for lunch made payable to ‘Bordeaux British Community’ for 25 Euros please and sent in advance to Norma B. Your cheque will not be cashed until after 11th October.

Closing date Thursday 6th October.

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation