24 hours in Bordeaux, France | Travel Guide 

Last week we took a very impromptu trip to Bordeaux. It is the sixth largest metropolitan city in France after the well known and popular cities such as Paris, Lyon and Marsellie. It is located in the southwest region of France. Bordeaux is not well advertised as other French cities but is well known for the famous Bordeaux wine and is world’s major wine industry capital. Similar to Paris, Bordeaux has retained large amount of historical architectural buildings. 

We took a very early 6.45 am flight with British airways from London Gatwick airport. Before catching our flight, we stopped over at the no 1 lounge in Gatwick south terminal for a quick breakfast. We used our Priority pass ( free for Amex platinum card holder) which allows unlimited use of any airport lounges worldwide for two person. For more information about this please contact us at: info.travellersparadise@gmail.com.

It took us only 1 and half hour to reach Bordeaux. Living in Europe we are very lucky to reach so many different countries by a very short haul flight. We then took a uber ride to our hotel which costed us around €6 and took 10 minutes to reach there. Since this was a very last minute and a overnight break we decided to book a hotel near to the airport rather than on the city centre. 


We had a total of 24 hours to explore what Bordeaux had to offer. After a quick refreshment we took a bus ride to the nearby town Merignac. This was a short 15-20 minutes busride costing €1.80 per person one way. We stopped over here for a quick lunch as we were starving by this time. We stumbled across a small Thai restaurant  called Pitaya which seemed to be quite busy and popular among the locals so we decided to join the crowd too. We ordered Nua Kai ; (special Fried rice with beef, chicken and sitrfried vegetables) and Pad Thai ( stir fried Thai noodles with prawns and vegetables). Staff were very friendly and the food was very delicious. We enjoyed every bits of it. We highly recommend this restaurant if you want to try simple and authentic Thai food in Merignac town. 

                                         (Top: Nua Kai, bottom: Pad Thai at Pitaya, Merignac) 

                                                  Beautiful Church at the Merignac centre. 

After fueling up with our happy tummy , we continued our bus ride towards the Bordeaux centre which took us about 30 minutes to reach the centre. We started off exploring the historical architectures and saw the magnificent Bordeaux Cathedral which was located in the centre of the town. 


After soaking in the views of this beautiful  Cathedral, we walked through the alleyways admiring the beautiful French buildings and headed towards the Medieval city gate called Porte Calihau. 

                          

Porte Calihau commemorates the French victory in the battle of Fornovo in Italy. It stands grandly in the heart of Bordeaux and looks like as if it’s a gate to a Disney fairytales castle. The view is stunning and worth visiting. 

                                          Outside view of Porte Calihau

                                         Approaching towards the Porte Calihau from the town.

From there, we headed towards the old stone bridge called  Pont de Pierre crossing the Garonne river in Bordeaux. Here , we sat down by the river bank and had some snacks, people watching and feeding the pigeons ( which I don’t think the locals were pleased about, but oh well). It was quite relaxing and peaceful. 

As we walked along the Garonne river, we came across a beautiful sight of a spectacular pool known as Mirroir d’Eau which had a mirror effect and reflection of the historical architecture of Place de la Bourse and the beautiful clouds as well as the sky. The view was magical. Mirroir  d’Eau is also listed as a contemporary world heritage site by Unesco. 

                                 The spectacular pool Mirroir d’Eau reflecting the clouds & the sky. 

The Place de la Bourse was built in the 18th century over the period of 20 years. It represents a break with medieval Bordeaux surrounded by walls for centuries and the city was then free to grow. It is now the city’s known symbol and main tourist attractions. 

                                                                   Place de la Bourse 

 

After a full day of discovering beautiful historical architecture and site we were ready to head back to our hotel and get ready for dinner. On our way back we took a stroll around the main shopping area of Rue Ste Catherine and saw lots of beautiful buildings. We also stopped over for one of many desserts breaks. Be it ice cream, macaroons or Bordeaux speciality Canelé.

                                                                   Vanilla Softserve & appreciating beautiful French building.

                                                      Colourful Dessert heaven 

We stumbled across this magnificent building of Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel. It was too beautiful not to capture and share with you all. 

                            

                         Magnificent square around Bordeaux Le Grand hotel. 

For our dinner , we went to a restaurant/bar near our hotel; Au bureau. Although it wasn’t a French restaurant as there was limited restaurant nearby we thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the service here. They catered for international food and there was lot of influence from English pub style restaurant. We highly recommend you giving it a try if you are around the area.  Something different that we had here was Egg benedict but instead of the muffin there was a hash brown which was very innovative and different. Portions were humongous and high quality delicious foods. 

           Mix starter platter in between, chicken skewers , egg benedict and flatbread. 

Overall, we had a very pleasant 24 hours in Bordeaux and I am very glad that we took this spontaneous trip to this beautiful historical city. Although ,we managed to see many sights due to time restraint we were not able to do other things that Bordeaux has on offer. If we visit Bordeaux in the future we will definitely do a wine vineyard tour and also visit the neighbouring cities such as Saint Emilion and Arcachon. 

Bordeaux is relatively small city compared to other French cities but has a lot to offer. I highly recommend you to pay a visit here even it be for a day. I hope you have enjoyed reading our experience from our trip to Bordeaux and somehow found it helpful. Thankyou for visiting our blogpost.


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HILTON HONORS LOYALTY PROGRAMME| RECEIVE A FREE NIGHT STAY| PART TWO

Hello friends!

Following our previous post this is the second part of the Hilton Honors loyalty programme. Please continue to read to find out how you can earn rewards and free stay in Hilton hotels and resorts. DISCLAIMER: We are no financial advisor nor we get paid to make this post. We just want to share our experience and knowledge on how to earn rewards from your spending and use money wisely for your benefit. 

On our previous post we talked about how to enroll for a Normal membership and Silver membership. In this post we will talk about how to work your way up and earn Gold and Diamond Status along with comes a worthy rewards. 

GOLD MEMBERSHIP 

For Gold Membership at Hilton; you will need to earn either 20 Stays , 40 Nights or 75,000 Base Points in a calendar year.
Some of the amazing benefits and perks of Hilton Honor Gold members: 

    • 25% ELITE STATUS BONUS: With Gold elite status, you automatically receive a 25% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.

    • 5TH NIGHT FREE- As a Gold member you will receive every 5th night free when booking a reward stay of five nights or more using all Points.

HOTEL BENEFITS.

    • Members with Gold status receive all the benefits in the lower tiers:

    • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors Members.

    • Digital Check – In: choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.

    • Complimentary in-room and lobby Standard Internet access during stays at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels and Hilton Grand Vacations.

    • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences.

    • Late & Express check-out

    • 2nd Guest stays free

    • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay 


MY WAY GOLD MEMBERSHIP HOTEL BENEFITS:
🔸Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.

    • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room

    • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or one in-room movie1 per stay

🔸Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

    • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room

    • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

🔸Canopy by Hilton

    • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room

    • 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay

🔸Embassy Suites Hotels.

    • 500 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or two snack/refreshment choices per stay

🔸Hilton Garden Inn.

    • 750 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary Hot Cooked-to-Order Breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

🔸Hampton by Hilton.

    • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and non-alcoholic beverage

🔸Tru by Hilton.

    • 250 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and 2 bottles of water per stay

🔸Homewood Suites by Hilton.

    • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or two bottles of water and sweet snack per stay

🔸Home2 Suites by Hilton.

    • 100 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or choice of snack and bottled water per stay

🔸Hilton Grand Vacations.

    • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stayTo achieve or retain Gold Membership at Hilton; you will need to earn either [1] 20 Stays or [2] 40 Nights or [3] 75,GOLD.

DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP


For the Diamond membership at Hilton you will need to earn either 30 stays,60 nights or 120,000 base points. Eligible Diamond members can choose to extend their status for an additional year beyond the expiration date, one-time, for any reason.

BENEFITS OF DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP

    • 50% ELITE STATUS BONUS; With Diamond elite status, you automatically receive a 50% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.

    • 48-HOUR ROOM GUARANTEE: Need a room at the last minute? You are guaranteed a room when you make a reservation at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.

    • 5TH NIGHT FREE- Get every 5th night free when booking a reward stay of five nights or more using all Points.

HOTEL BENEFITS

Members with Diamond status receive all member benefits:

    • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors Members.

    • Digital Check – In: choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.

    • Complimentary in-room and lobby Premium Internet access, during your stay.

    • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your preferences.

    • Late & Express check-out.

    • 2nd Guest stays free.

    • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay

MY WAY DIAMOND MEMBERSHIP HOTEL BENEFITS

🔹Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

    • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room

    • Choice of two among the following: 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay; one in-room movie per stay; or a spa, golf or restaurant discount, as designated by the property

🔹Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

    • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room.

    • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay.

    • A complimentary continental breakfast for you and up to one additional guest. 

    • Executive Floor Lounge Access on available at select properties.

🔹Canopy by Hilton.

    • Space-available upgrade to a preferred room

    • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay

🔹Embassy Suites Hotels.

    • 1,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or three snack/refreshment choices per stay

🔹Hilton Garden Inn.

    • 750 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a complimentary Hot Cooked-to-Order Breakfast for you and up to one additional guest registered to the same room each day of your stay

🔹Hampton by Hilton.

    • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a choice of snack and non-alcoholic beverage

🔹Tru by Hilton.

    • 250 HHonors Bonus Points per stay or a choice of snack and 2 bottles of water per stay

🔹Homewood Suites by Hilton.

    • 250 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or two bottles of water and sweet snack per stay

🔹Home2 Suites by Hilton.

    • 100 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay or a choice of snack and bottled water per stay

🔹Hilton Grand Vacations.

    • 2,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points per stay

Enroll to Hilton Honor Loyalty Programme by Clicking ⤵️

‪https://secure3.hilton.com/en/hh/customer/join/joinHHonors.htm‬

BOOST YOUR HILTON HONOR POINTS

You can boost your Hilton Hhonors Points on everyday purchase and for your stay at any participating Hilton Hotels worldwide by getting Hilton HHonors™ Platinum Visa® Credit Card, UK by BarclayCard® where you can earn up to 3 Hilton Hhonor Points. There is no Annual Fee for this Card and it is the best way for people just getting into Hotels & Airline Rewards. We have listed some benefits and information that you’ll receive upon getting the UK based Credit Card.

Hilton HHonors™ Platinum Visa® Credit Card, UK by BarclayCard®


 • Get a free night e-certificate, for any weekend night at many participating hotels in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio, when you spend £750 in the first 90 days (terms and conditions apply)

 • Receive HHonors Gold Elite status when you spend £10,000 in any calendar year.

 • Receive HHonors Silver Elite status for as long as you have the card.

 • Earn 2,500 Bonus Points for each of your first four stays at any Hilton Worldwide hotel in your first 12 months of card membership

 • 0% interest for 15 months on balance transfers made within 60 days of opening your account (2.99% fee applies)

 • Earn 3 HHonors Bonus Points for every £1 you spend at participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands (in addition to the Base Points you already earn)

 • Earn 2 HHonors Bonus Points for every £1 you spend everywhere else.

For more information regarding how to apply the card, click on the Link below: 

Link: https://www.barclaycard.co.uk/personal/credit-cards/hilton

We really hope that this post will be beneficial and helpful for you. We are sorry that this has happened to be a very long post but we have tried our best to include everything and summarise in best possible way for you. If you have read until this point then 👏🏼 to you 😃. Thankyou for reading this post and we will see you on the next one. Please feel free to comment down below if you have found this useful and also any suggestions for future posts. 

**REFERENCE: We have used some of the information from the Hilton hotel website in order to provide you with an accurate information.**



HILTON HONORS LOYALTY PROGRAMME| RECEIVE A FREE NIGHT STAY| PART ONE 

Hey guys! This post will talk about the Hilton honors loyalty programme and how you can receive a free night stay in any Hilton hotel and resorts. We will also share our knowledge based on our experience on some of the very few benefits you can enjoy by simply enrolling on this programme. This is the first part of the blog. Part two will follow on the next post. 

DISCLAIMER: We are no financial advisor nor we get paid to write this post. We just want to share what we know on how to maximise your money and think SMART about your money. After all, who doesn’t love receiving rewards for your spendings right? Keep reading to find out more. 

Hilton Honor loyalty programme membership is a very simple way to maintain your Elite tier status based on your stay at Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Earn Hilton honour base points or even Airline Miles for your hotel stay and you can redeem these points for FREE night stay in the future. 

NOTE: Hilton honor base points expires at the end of the calendar year so any points earned should be used within a calendar year. To begin with let’s talk about the different types of membership options you have and breakdown the benefits you can receive. 


1.NORMAL [Starter] Member.

Simply receive your  Hilton Honor Membership number upon enrolment and you can start using it as soon as you receive it to enjoy the benefits and perks of being a member. You automatically become a Hilton honours member once you enroll online, Simple right? 

Benefits includes: 

 • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors Members.
 • Digital Check – In: Check-in, choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.

 • Complimentary in-room and lobby Standard Internet access during stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™

 • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences.

 • Late check-out and  Express check-out

 • 2nd Guest stays free

To Enrol to Hilton Honor Loyalty Program then Click the Link below for registration:

Link: https://secure3.hilton.com/en/hh/customer/join/joinHHonors.htm 

2. SILVER Membership 

For your Silver membership You will need to: 

  • Have 4 stays in Hilton hotels OR 10 Nights in a calendar year. 

The benefits and perks of Hilton Honor Silver members are:

 • 15% Elite Status Bonus.
With Silver elite status, you automatically receive a 15% bonus on all the Hilton Honors Base Points you earn.

 • 5th – Fifth Night FREE.
Silver, Gold and Diamond members will get every 5th night free when booking a reward stay of five nights or more using all Points.

 • Guaranteed Discount: A discounted, changeable & refundable rate is exclusively available for Hilton Honors Members.

 • Digital Check – In: Check-in, choose your room, and customize your stay from your mobile device up to 24 hours in advance.

 • Complimentary in-room and lobby Standard Internet access during stays at Waldorf Astoria™ Hotels & Resorts, Conrad® Hotels & Resorts, Canopy™ by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton™, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ Embassy Suites Hotels™ and Hilton Grand Vacations™

 • Quick reservations and check-ins based on your room preferences.

 • Late check-out.

 • Express check-out.

 • 2nd Guest stays free.

Plus:

 • Two complimentary bottles of water per stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton™, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn & Hilton Grand Vacations Hotels

To Enrol to Hilton Honor Loyalty Program then Click the Link below for registration:
https://secure3.hilton.com/en/hh/customer/join/joinHHonors.htm 
I hope you have found this post helpful. At the end of the day who doesn’t love getting rewards on your spendings. Why not use your hard earned money wisely and smartly. Feel free to comment below ⬇️ if you would like more information. 

**Reference: We have used some of the information from the Hilton Hotels website to provide you with an accurate information.**

Nice, France Day Three | Travel Guide.

Hey guys, I hope you are enjoying reading our travel diaries so far. This is the last chapter of our South of France travel adventures.

On our last day we took a short busride to a neighbouring village ‘ Villefranche Sur mer’. This was one of the places to go on our bucket list of things to do in Nice. We took the bus from Port de Nice which costs us around €1.50 each one way and was 15 minutes ride away. The busride was very scenic and we enjoyed the panaromic views over Nice and Villefranche.

Villefranche is one of the most beautiful places we have visited. Everything is so charming and picturesque. It is classed as one of the most beautiful bay in the world. If there is one thing you could do when you are around Nice then please visit Villefranche, trust me you won’t be disappointed.

In some ways, Villefranche reminded me of the well known Italian destination ‘Positano’ but the French version. We came across a random viewpoint from where we wintnessed the beautiful panaromic view of the slopes and hills of Villefranche. I kid you not, we were blown away again by how beautiful this place was.

Balcony view Goals.

View of houses in Villefranche from a random viewpoint.
We then wandered around the narrow roads and stumbled upon beautiful houses. 

We then walked down as the village is slightly in a vertical angle, cascading down the hillside to the bay and the sea. There were lots of authentic and international restaurants with fresh local produce. The vibe here was amazing. We stopped over for a lunch and then relaxed around the waterfront quay soaking in the beautiful sights.

I will let the picture ⬇️ do the talking now as it’s beauty need no words.

Such a charming village.Mesmerised and astonished by this beautiful place.

Villefranche was definitely the highlight of this trip. This was the most beautiful seaside villages  we have visited and we highly recommend you visit Villefranche when you are around the area. It is very close to both Moncaco and Nice and inexpensive to travel there via either Nice or Monaco. I cannot wait to go back and explore more. Thankyou for reading our Nice travel diaries. Please do follow us for more travel adventures and do leave a comment if you like this post.

Love from team officialtravellersparadise.