Bordeaux. A city break for toddlers!?

Busy roads, fancy shops and expensive wines don't generally make for a relaxing weekend with small children but Bordeaux bucks the trend.  The streets are clean and plenty are pedestrianiaed. There's a long wide riverside promenade peppered with Parks and the Place de la Bourse is brilliant: doubling up as public art and a public playground the water feature/mirror is free and fun. We spent hours there.

On Sunday morning we made the most of recommendations and headed to the riverside food market for oysters and champagne. Well we sat among people having champagne and oysters eating our chips.  

For us Bordeaux is a small, clean and friendly version of Paris. Easy to walk around and navigate. With plenty of quirky cafes and bars to give us an urban fix.

This time around we rented an apartment next to one of the parks, it was large and luxurious but the lack of parking or a lift meant it was reasonably priced but not very practical with prams and babies in arms.  Still you can't have everything and huge windows with ornate shutters made for some great photos.