2024 Bordeaux, France

June 3 Leave Calgary

  • Leave at 7:40 PM / Westjet WS10 Seat 17D / Arrive Paris, Charles De Gaulle at 12:30pm Layover 2.5 hours

June 4 Leave Paris

  • Leave Paris at 3:50pm / Westjet WS5126 Terminal 2 (operated by Air France). Arrive Bordeaux 5:00, Terminal Hall B No seat selection

June 4 – 7 Airport hotel in Merignac (3 nights)


June 7 – 14 Andernos les Bains (7 nights with Anne & John)

Andernos: Drone video 

  • From Tourism guide
  • Outdoor Market days are Tuesday and Friday mornings
  • Indoor Market days are Tues, Thur, Fri & Sat mornings
  • Arcachonese Architectural wonders
  • Church of Saint-Eloi, X1Centrury
  • City Museum
  • Longest pier in the basin
  • Casino
  • South:

    • Bike Path from Andernos to Lec Teich about 23km
    • Andernos to Lanton 7 Km (Lanton, Cassy, Taussat-les-Bains and Blagon all together.) Coastal Walk
      • Lanton to Taussat 3.3km ( Chapel of Taussat is decorated with stained glass windows
      • Lanton to Audenge 3km, 7000 pop,  – Castle at the end of the pond, former fish farm. Pre care center for wounded birds Summer Concerts A Summer of Certes. The only “breeding” Leeches in France & exported around the world.
      • Lanton to Biganos 9.1km, pop 10,000
        • Ancient cemetery (necropolises)
        • Historical buildings
        • Sunday morning market
        • Port of Biganos:
          • Oldest of the two ports
          • Riding through town there are 50 houses listed as Notable Built Elements (briquettes & arcachonaise architecture)
          • Tree of sound sculpture
          • Pine Forest
          • archaeological site
      • Lanton to Le Teich 14km – Bird reserve offers a 6km walk with observation huts and educational signs
        • Le Teich to Biganos 5.6km
        • Le Teich to Audenge 11.1km
        • Le Teich to Taussat 17.3km
        • Le Teich to Andernos 21km
    • Arcachon
      • Ferry ride from Andernos
      • The city is divided into 4 regions
      • Les Halles – Large downtown covered market
      • Cycle around to look at the architecture
      • Parc Mauresque, built in 1843 (stairs or a lift up) Great view of the city
      • Just west is LeMoulleau quaint resort town, less busy than Arcachon, on the way to Dune du Pilat
      • Bike to Dune of Pilat Bike path from Centre of town on D218
  • North

      • Oyster fishing harbour
      • Nature reserve tour, 5E from Tourist office
      • June Music Festival June ?
      • Ares to Lege Cap Ferret 3.6km
  • Market Days: Andernos-les-Bains: market Tuesday & Friday / Ares: market Tuesday (3km) / Lege-Cap-Ferret: market every day except Thursday (7km) / Audenge: market Tuesday (9km) / Arcachon: market every day (11km)

Cap Ferret:

  • Andernos to Cap Ferret
  • Europe’s Martha’s Vineyard – exclusive, isolated, famous
  • Lighthouse that you can climb to the top
  • Cycle paths pass through dense pine forests
  • Take a boat trip to Ile aux Oiseaux (bird Island in the middle of the bay. 24 Euros, 2 hours

June 14 (Friday) – to Sainte-Helene (one night)

  • REVISED Andernos to Sainte Helene
  • 40km from Andernos, stay one night at Gite (1 night
  • Le Chalet au bord des pistes cyclables
  • 18 Allée des Carolins
    33480 Sainte Hélène
  • Chemin Vert
  • Booking # 4077489684

June 15 – 18 Blaye (4 nights) (Unesco heritage)

  • SECOND REVISION Sainte-Helene to Blaye
  • Use Chem de Cordes for 12.5 km to Castelnau-de-Medoc
  • Another 12.7 km by rue Saint-Genes then Rte de Cagnac to Arcins
  • Then Rue de Lamarque to Lamarque 9km to Blaye by ferry Total 35 km that day


  • 49 Rue J Rudel
  • Check in after 5, check out before 11 Self check with locbox
  • Confirmation # HMZ8RC53PB
Activities & Things to do:
  • Pauillac: Blaye to Pauillac
  • Market Days (big list). Surrounding area: Blaye, Wednesday and Saturday morning / Bourg, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday morning. / Jonzac, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday morning / La Palmyre, Wednesday and Sunday morning 
  • Cycle to Bourg, things to do:  It has a food market Wednesday and Saturday mornings, Citadel, Museum, Cotes de Bourg wine. Upper village is 500 steps winding up from the port. There is a Br’Ain Circus Festival in May or June (no posted date yet), International Jumping of Bourg (early June no date yet), MUsic festival June 21

June 19 back to Merignac (4 nights at Bnb) 

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June 23, 24 out on 25th to Merignac airport


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June 25, Tuesday – Leave Bordeaux

  • Leave at 10:20 am Hall B / Westjet 5110 (Air France), Seat 17D, Arrive Paris at 11:45  2.25 hour layover 

June 25, Leave Paris

  • at 2:30pm, Terminal?, Arrive Calgary at 3:37pm. Seat 17D