Have you recently moved to Bordeaux? Or planning to take the leap in the near future…?
Welcome to one of the most beautiful cities in France!
Here are the top 10 tips to get you kick-started in the port de la lune and help you to feel at home as quickly as possible.
by Chris Tighe
1. Register with the town hall for the newcomers’ meeting.
Three times a year, Bordeaux City Hall organises a reception for newcomers in the lounges of the Town Hall. If you wish to participate and receive information and invitations from the city, do not hesitate to register. It’s a friendly opportunity to meet other newcomers and above all to get as much info as possible.
Bordeaux-ese expressions in everyday language can confuse newcomers to the region. The main rule is to never ever ask for a pain au chocolat, but a “chocolatine”, otherwise you’re in deep shizzle! Don’t ask for a “sac” from the supermarket, ask for a “poche” and if you are told that something is “well stuffed” (gavé), it’s a good sign!
About the author:
Chris Tighe lives in Pessac, loves the Sud Ouest and helps to run the voluntary blog and FB site, Bordeaux Expats. In his spare time, he works a cosy 36 hour week as a translator for a local tech company. He lives 35 minutes from the beach, a two-hour drive from San Sebastian and has successfully escaped his preordained destiny working 60 hours a week in London, commuting four hours a day on rammed medieval public transport – cheers ears.