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    Posted: 27 May 2018 at 18:58
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Photos taken of Bordeaux, one of the most beautiful cities I've had the pleasure to visit. Laid out in the mid-18th Century during the Age of Enlightenment by Louis-Urbain-Aubert de Tourny, it is harmonious, pleasing to the eye, and thanks to more modern administrations, blessed with lots of pedestrian precincts and silent, efficient and non-polluting trams.

I'll post progressively and selectively, but for a fuller look, more of my images are in my France album on my FlickrPro site, link under my signature.

All a99ii, with either CZ24-70mm, CZ16-35mm or SAL70200G. Exif embedded, and all images are geo-tagged.
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Cours de l'Intendance, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Place Fernand Lafargue, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Grosse Cloche, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Place du Palais, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Porte Cailhau city gate entrance, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Juam Plensa sculpture, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Cinema, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2018 at 21:27
Looks like you are having a great time Joe! Nice to see the sculpture from both sides, but ##14 and 15 are my favorites from this set.
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Thanks Fred - visiting Bordeaux and surrounds for the first time has been such a delight.
##14 and 15 show a marvellous public artwork called Miroir l'Eau, a plaza of polished granite slabs across the street from the Place de la Bourse. The plaza is set to a cycle with fine mist spray jets moistening the surface to create the mirror effect, then it actually fills with water to a depth of about 2cm allowing surface ripples, and then drains back to being a reflective mirror again. I'll be adding some photos of this taken at dusk, so watch this space...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clk230 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 June 2018 at 00:43
Beautiful light in #17 and #18. Very appealing also are the reflections in #21 through #24. My favourite (by a small margin!) is #23.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 June 2018 at 18:19
Thanks for the comments and feedback, James.

Moving on into the "Blue Hour":
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Fountain by night, Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Fountain, Place de la Bourse, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Lit up in the Blue Hour, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Place du Parliament by night, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Place de la Comedie by night, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

And the drizzle of the next morning:
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Pont de pierre, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Rainy pavement, Pont de pierre, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Bridge and spire, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 June 2018 at 19:24
The series of night shots is excellent, Joe! #22, #23 and #30 are my absolute favorites! You have managed to create a superb intro for this thread of Bordeaux images!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 June 2018 at 21:14
Thanks Harald for the feedback and comments.
A few more:

34.
Bordeaux 'Flatiron' building by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

35. Louis-Urbain-Aubert de Tourney, the brilliant Age of Enlightenment city planner who laid out the city of Bordeaux as it now is, and inspired Haussman who lived in Bordeaux for a time, in his new city plan for Paris a century later.
Louis-Urbain-Aubert de Tourny by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

36. It's not ALL de Tourney - here's a pocket of mid 20th century modern brutalism.
Bordeaux modernism by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Bordeaux Brutalism by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

38. And some more recent post-modernism.
Bordeaux modernism by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

39. And back to a more harmonious style in the Bordeaux synagogue.
Synagogue, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

40. Lobby, staircase and public areas of the Grand Théâtre, the external views of which are in ##29, 30.
Entrance foyer, Grand Théâtre, Bordeau by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Staircase, Grand Théâtre, Bordeau by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Staircase, Grand Théâtre, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Lobbies, Grand Théâtre, Bordeau by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Dome, Grand Théâtre, Bordeau by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Victor Louis architect, Grand Théâtre, Bordeau by Joe Lewit, on Flickr


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The ceilings in #43 are impressive!
Joe, do you know why Brutalism so often mimiced WWII bunker architecture? - #37 is particularly striking in this respect!

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Harald,
Thanks for your comments.
The brutalist building in #37 was designed as the Bordeaux Savings Bank headquarters by French architect Edmond Lay in 1974, and I guess the brief back then must have been to project an impregnable and rock-solid image.
It ceased to be a bank last year and is now being recycled and re-fitted into lofts, studios, display spaces and shops, still under construction.
Must say it is one of the most brutal of any brutalist designs I've ever come across, and I hope the decades of grime staining the raw concrete facade will be cleaned up as part of the project, to better reveal the solid geometry of the interplay of surfaces and shapes..
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2018 at 21:41
Some images from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bordeaux:

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Dining room, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Silver cork container, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Ante-room, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Staircase, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Fine porcelain ware, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Bedchamber, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Music Salon, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Bedchamber, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

And finally, from the Musée d'Aquitaine.

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Facade of Musée d'Aquitaine, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Roman Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Neptune, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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Grand Carmes rose window, 14th C, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

59. Bordeaux grew wealthy, like other port cities of colonial European powers, from the three way cargo trade - exporting wines, textiles, arms and other products, carrying African slaves to the Americas, and returning with new world commodities like tobacco, sugar, potatoes etc.
Cargo shipping, Bordeaux by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

During my stay in Bordeaux, I also went on a day tour to St. Emilion posted separately in Open Views.

Thanks for looking.

Edited by Jozioau - 11 June 2018 at 06:14
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