Sunday, May 17 - Bordeaux: Aquitaine Museum

This morning we had another lecture by Brigitte Benjamin on the History of the Aquitaine. The reason for the confusion of names in the region became clear. The names used include both existing and earlier administrative ones and also purely historical regional ones. And the boundaries defining the regions varied considerably with time. All types seem to be interchanged at will. This was followed by lunch at Chez Jean and then we headed towards the Aquitaine Museum.

This is a very good and comprehensive museum recording a side rane of Aquitainian history. The collection, for any given period, is not large but the items held are excellent. I took a lot of pictures, just to show the flavor of the place, but my memory of individual items is weak. After that we had some free time in Bordeaux and a chance to take a rest before dinner.

We were on our own for dinner and we tried to find a restaurant I had spotted earlier in the square near the church of St. Pierre. However the menu had changed for Sunday night and we went on to La Grille au Thyme nearby where we had an fine dinner with fois gras and salmon and duck.

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