CHÂTEAU DESCAS

Charming Bordeaux - - THE DISTRICTS OF BORDEAUX -

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Built by Alphonse Ri­card be­tween 1890 and 1893 for the trader Jean Descas. Out­side the Great Bor­deaux Trade, Descas de­vel­oped his com­merce through his “lit­tle wines” which he shipped up the Garonne River. He stored his wine on the Palu­date dock and had this ex­u­ber­antly dec­o­rated build­ing con­structed for the pur­pose, with a style that provoca­tively con­trasts with the clas­sic fa­cades on the quays. Now, only the wings of the build­ing are oc­cu­pied, where there is a cock­tail bar, some as­so­ci­a­tions and some busi­nesses. Quai de Palu­date - C > Sainte-croix

2 GARE SAINT-JEAN

Ini­tially built as a pro­vi­sional struc­ture, Bor­deaux-midi was built in 1855 and rapidly be­came the city’s main train sta­tion thanks to Eif­fel’s bridge, to the detri­ment of the gare d’or­léans (see page 62). The monumental na­ture of its high vaults make it a unique train sta­tion in France. Hid­den be­hind the large fa­cade is a gi­ant metal­lic hall- the largest in Eu­rope- cre­ated by the Daydé and Pillé com­pany (1898) and com­pletely ren­o­vated re­cently, re­quir­ing 2800 tonnes of scaf­fold­ing. Rue Charles Domercq - C > Gare Saint-jean

3 ROCK SCHOOL BARBEY

Rock School Barbey is a place ded­i­cated to con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. Whether it be through cre­ation or through the many con­certs that are held there, “Barbey” of­fers a melt­ing pot of mu­si­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. From Mano Ne­gra to the Béruri­ers Noirs, from NTM to IAM, from the Arc­tic Mon­keys to The Rap­ture, from Cali to Camille or Anaïs, Rock School has hosted some of the great­est and con­tin­ues to do so. 18 cours Barbey - C > Gare Saint-jean +33 (0)5 56 33 66 00 - www.rockschool-barbey.com

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