So it's finally a sunny warm day!! This feel so great today. We have had cloudy, rainy, cool weather for the past month and it's so great that it's finally turning a corner. It was in the 70's today and full clear sky! Happy May!
As it's Wednesday and the kids are off of school - I decided we needed to head outside - be one with the sun! So after morning activities of dance, circus class and lunch - we headed downtown to the Public Garden in Bordeaux. This huge park is sort of the Bordeaux equivalent of Central Park in NYC. (Now I admit it's definitely not as big as Central park - but it's that great vast green oasis in the center of the city.). The place when you walk around, you don't feel like you are still in a city.
This French garden, an area of 10 hectares, was established in 1746 in a style inspired by Versailles gardener Le Nôtre. In 1858 it was transformed into a landscaped French garden. The Jardin Public has an arboretum, a library and a Natural History Museum. Additionally, there are many attractions for children: puppet theater, swings, playgrounds, a carousel.
As the girls and I entered - the first thing they found was, of course, a playground. This playground was beautifully set on an island in the middle of a small lake. One bridge led you on and off this island - and once on the island there was just a large playground and an adorable carousel. The girls must have played there for over 30 minutes. I loved it as it was totally self-contained and kids were just free to run around. Many little French kids had their bikes and scooters and were also riding them freely around this area. I laugh at my 4 year old - she makes friends anywhere and it didn't take her long to team up with another little girl.
After our time there, we walked across the park - enjoying the flower gardens along the way. There is a beautiful botanical garden on the other side of a museum which is located in the park. We didn't get all the way over there - but just took in the beautiful day & the park itself. it was so nice to look around and see lots of people relaxing in the grass, reading, talking, or just having a picnic.
We settled in at a fun little cafe - L'Orangerie, for a "boule" of ice cream. It was a fun relaxing afternoon - and even though we only spent about 2 hours there - it was so nice to enjoy downtown Bordeaux in a different way. We hopped back on the tram and headed home before dinner. It's fun to enjoy Wednesdays with my girls!