The main purpose of this year’s trip to Spain and France was to run the Marathon du Medoc in Bordeaux, France. Spain was a side trip, and we thoroughly enjoyed the time there. Going from one city to another did eat in to our precious vacation days; 21 hours the first day of the trip, 11 hours between Barcelona and Bordeaux (due to poor planning), and 24 hours the last day of the trip (due to flight cancellations and delays).
After arriving into Bordeaux the day before the race, we had to catch the free shuttle to Pauillac, which is about an hour away from Bordeaux (longer if the driver keeps getting lost on the way there and back), to pick up our packets. The packet pick up process took less than 10 minutes, but the entire to-and-from trip took a total of 5 hours, which meant no time left to explore Bordeaux at all. Had I known, I would have booked the hotel in Pauillac (as the race is also in Pauillac), instead of in Bordeaux.
Since the tram system in Bordeaux is above ground, we did manage to get a glimpse of the city on our way to the Esplanade des Quinconces to catch the free shuttle to Pauillac.