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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Day trip to Bordeaux, model shop and trams   Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:06 pm

We had a day out in Bordeaux. We stopped at Jouetec Modelisme, which advertises widely in the French model press - M. Bison (?) was very friendly..not much large scale in stock (well, it's not often one makes a casual purchase of LGB, so understandable) but well-stocked with HO and N, and ancillary stuff - paints, plastic strip, etc. It's tucked away behind Lidl in a run-down suburban shopping mall - 33 rue Salvador Allende, Floirac (which our satnav insisted was Avenue Salvador Allende) but it's just off the N230 rocade (exit 24) and has free parking. "Vaut le viste" if not "merite le detour". A further advantage if you don't want to drive into central Bordeaux is that it is opposite the Floirac-Dravement terminus of tram line A (4.10 Euros for day pass).

And Bordeaux's trams remain impressive - not least the wires-free APS system. They positively enhance the historic centre.







We did see one or two people using the public bike system, but I increasingly wonder if these schemes are not a bit of a gimmick..



Not many of these being ridden!

APS doesn't just help with the buildings. This is Quinconces, a major interchange, and all those beautiful trees would have had to be felled for overhead wires...

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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Day trip to Bordeaux, model shop and trams   Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:01 pm

Glad you made it Phil, did Dorothy enjoy her first visit to Bordeaux and the model shop?

The trams are impressive aren't they ( a bit bigger than a Billard) it's a shame they don't connect the to the airport though!

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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Day trip to Bordeaux, model shop and trams   Mon Sep 06, 2010 4:35 pm

No but the airport bus terminates at Quiconces.. Dorothy went shopping in Lidl. I have just noticed that I put 33 rue Salvador Allende for Jouetec; it's 21. Bordeaux is truly a beautiful city - the whole historic centre is a World Heritage site. We will go again.
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Day trip to Bordeaux, model shop and trams   Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:38 am

Didn't know whether to post this here or on my La Vie du Rail thread, but it's primarily of local interest to us South Western Francophiles ...











BTW - Phil I hope you didn't linger in the Rue des Anglais? It was the historic red light area Embarassed

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philkelly



Location : Vienne, France and Islington. London

PostSubject: Re: Day trip to Bordeaux, model shop and trams   Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:44 pm

One of the attractions which we missed, I'm afraid. May be next time.

But the article does seem to help identify this rough "model" of a French engine which I found in a tabac:



It looks a bit like the loco on page 2 above, don't you think?
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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Day trip to Bordeaux, model shop and trams   Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:50 pm

Certainly does Phil!

I've also PM'd you for an email address and arrangements for the Paris Expo in November!

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