PLACE FERNAND LAFARGUE & RUE SAINT JAMES

Charming Bordeaux - - THE DISTRICTS OF BORDEAUX -

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The for­mer ‘old mar­ket place’ (1155), where the pil­lory once stood, along with Rue Saint James, con­sti­tutes one of the hip new places in Bor­deaux, with many res­tau­rants, wine bars and in­no­va­tive bou­tiques. The street is pro­nounced “Saint Jame”, not like in the English style. The square lies on the pil­grim­age path to Com­postella; Saint-james is in fact the Gas­con de­for­ma­tion of Saint-jac­ques Place Fernand Lafargue

A > Sainte-cather­ine

16 BIG BELL

Built in the 15th cen­tury, this for­ti­fied gate­way was also a prison. Young delin­quents were thrown into its dun­geons fit­ted with thick doors and stout locks. The wits joked that they were lodg­ing at the Golden Lion Ho­tel, an al­lu­sion to the weather vane on the cen­tral dome rep­re­sent­ing the king of beasts, one of the sym­bols of the Kings of Eng­land. Cor­ner rue Saint-james and rue de Gui­enne

B > Musée d’aquitaine +33 (0)5 56 48 04 24 Open daily from 06/01 to 09/30. On book­ing in au­tumn and win­ter

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