The Legion of Honour

I just love walking around Bordeaux! Especially in the sun. There’s always something to see. One of my favourites is a loop along both banks of the River Garonne. On this route, I walk past the Place des Quinconces and the magnificent Place de la Bourse with the Mirroir d’Eau in the foreground. On the other side of the bridge – completed by Napoleon in 1822 – I turn left and walk back to the Chaban Delmas lift bridge, through the Parc aux Angéliques and past the Botanical Garden.

Today, I was excited to spot this gentleman in full ceremonial dress on the Pont de Pierre, proudly holding his flag over the River Garonne. I walked over and said hello, and we chatted for a few moments. He explained he was doing a photo shoot for the National Order of the Legion of Honour. That’s the highest French order of merit, awarded for excellent civil or military conduct. Napoleon Bonaparte created this distinction in 1802. Ah yes, Napoleon Bonaparte again! I was thrilled to have witnessed this little moment of French magic in the sun. Vive la République!

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