[FR] Tram+VAL Tour de France 5: Bordeaux

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kcp

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Bonjour,

next stop of the Tour de France: A fews days in Bordeaux.

Tram

My impression of the tram: Its a victim of its own success. The tram were pretty crowded. The APS power supply system that works without overhead wiring was originally developped for the tram in Bordeaux. The aim was to keep the archictural marvel of the city free of wires.

Tram impression from station "Hotel de Ville"

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The tower of the cathedral St. André is few meters away from the building. It offers great view unto the cathderal

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over the city

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unto the court house (to me this look more like a bunch of silos than a goverment building)

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Looking down unto the trams below

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In "Buttinière" line A seperates in two branches. As there is a lot of green there, this made for some nice pictures.

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Tram in front of the cathedral.

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The tram passes the Garonne river via the "Pont de Pierre".

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In the background the tower of church St Michel

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In the church, there were several modern windows like this one of "The last supper"

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The "Pont de Pierre" at night.

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The "Place de la Bourse" offeres great architecture. Its great to look at day and night.

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The theatre "Grand Theatre" at night.

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One of the depots is near stop "Thier". Trams waiting for their next call of duty.

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I call this "Portrait of a tram" ;-).

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Tram of line B in a siding at "Bassin à Flot". Only every second train will continue further to the outskirts of the city. Fun fact: The tram passes over a lock. There are tracks on each gate of the lock, to keep the trams running, even if one gate to open to let a ship enter the lock.

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Next to the stop the bridge "Pont Chaban Delmas". Its a vertical-lift bridge that can be opened to let ships pass. When I passed there during the day, it was open

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later on at night, it was closed

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Near the terminus "Berges de la Garonne" (line B) the road bridge "Pont de l'Aquitaine" spans across the Garonne. A took a ride with bus line 32, which runs over the bridge: Nice view from up there.

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And now, another church: "Sacré Coeur". Its s short walk away from Bordeaux main railway station St Jean.

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In addition to the usual big rose window, there were several small ones.

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Tram tracks and green in the night always make for a nice sohot.

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I did not notice the white stripes during the day

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The stop "Quiconnes" looks like an allée.

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After that much trams, a bit of rest in the "Jardin Publique" garden

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If you want to see some water, head to "Le Lac".

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"Real" Railway

As my hotel was close to the station, I had a nice of the railway bridge across the Garonne. Some impressions of the "real" railway.

Station hall of station St Jean

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A mural of the former rail network in the south west

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Shunting of an Intercité trainset on the bridge

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A TGV leaves Bordeaux (I guess it heads to Paris).

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A TER approaching St Jean

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A TGV-Duplex

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Morning has broken. After a little morning photo tour, I really enjoyed my breakfast.

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In terms of architecture, Bordeaux was the highlight of the trip. When you have a chance to go there: Just do it. After two night, I grabbed my back and got back on the train further south.

Salut
Charly
 




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