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December, 2015

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Early in December 2015 we (husband and I, no children with us) visited the Christmas market in Bordeaux. We arrived about mid-day and while there were quite a few people visiting it didn’t feel fully Christmassey. Santa must have been on a lunch break as his sleigh was empty.

There lots of stalls in traditional german style log cabins and plenty of different things to view and buy and lots of food stalls and vin chaud too.

Having wandered around and seen what we liked or not, we wandered a little in the nearby streets and along the river too. It is a beautiful city.

As the sun faded we headed back to the market. Maybe 4.30pm and then there were lots of people, the lights shone out and it felt really Christmassey. This time we walked around and bought the items we’d identified, that were within our budget.

My favourite stall was a hand-made glass hut and the colours and patterns were amazing, but the prices of anything that looked more than an ashtray, were too high for us. (See photos)

We then set off in search of dinner but being France, none of the restaurants opened until 7pm. An hours wait. Still the market was open when we’d finished eating too.
Overall we were pleased with our visit and if you want to go this year, you’ll have to be quick,the market closes tomorrow.

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