One of the most wonderful things about traveling in Europe is the fact that it is easy and often just as cheap to buy airline tickets a few days before you're planning on going somewhere. To me, this has meant that the long road back from the holiday season has been punctuated by several, almost entirely, unexpected trips to places like Bordeaux, Angouleme, Berlin, Cazorla (Jaen) and Colorado.
Each of these unique and wonderful cities provided a perfect getaway, great company, lovely sights and delicious delicious food.
I'll start with the charming French cities of Bordeaux and Angouleme, a two-part destination that has become an almost yearly trek for us at the end of January for the International Festival of Bande Dessineé (Comic book festival). This incredible festival takes place in the striking Medieval town of Angouleme, which is entirely given over to this world-renowned event. Of course the deal is that any trip to Angouleme must begin or end with a day or two in the graceful and elegant city of Bourdeaux, which is connected by air to Madrid and by train to Angouleme. The other part of the deal involves visiting our favorite restaurants in both cities and, whenever possible, discovering new ones.
|Le Petit Commerce
|Le Petit Commerce shellfish bar
Finally, if this weren't enough, the restaurant has recently opened a new shellfish bar right across the street, adorned with cheerfully checked tablecloths, bright open windows and shellfish that are so beautifully arranged that you feel like the shrimp are standing up and clapping with joy to see you come in.
Le Petit Commerce
22 Rue Parlement St Pierre
33000 Bordeaux, France
+33 (0)5 56 79 76 58