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#LocalLens: Beyond Bordeaux with @poutge

In this series, we let local Instagrammers show you their favorite places to shoot in their city. For more from Bordeaux, explore the Bordeaux location page. To see more photos from Jean, follow @poutge on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in French.)

Famous for its beautiful squares, expansive parks, architecture and of course housing some of the best wine in the world, 27-year-old Jean Luxe (@poutge) says the southern French city of Bordeaux has much more to offer than is originally perceived. Born in Dax, Jean moved to Bordeaux four years ago and lives in the heart of the city, whose historic center has earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Jean works as a computer technician by day, but scours his local area for good places to shoot photos in his spare time. “The architecture is really quite special, and some places are well worth going out of your way to see,” he says.

“Whenever I have some free time, I pick up my camera and my phone, and I go for a walk, either on my own or with friends,” he says. “I take photos of anything that catches my eye.”

Here are some of Jean’s favorite places to shoot in Bordeaux:

  • Le Miroir d’Eau (Water Mirror) — “The Water Mirror is a fairly shallow expanse of water which reflects its surroundings, with a gentle mist materializing from time to time. This is my favorite place because the reflections are awesome, easy to photograph and loads of visitors turn up.”
  • Darwin Eco-Systeme — “This is a former barracks which is now home to a grocery store, restaurant, skate park and abandoned warehouses.”
  • Le Grand Theatre — “Right next to my workplace, this vast and beautiful building is framed perfectly by its surroundings, so it’s great for getting some lovely photos.”
  • Les Quais de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Quayside) — “You can take a stroll along the banks of the Garonne — the river that runs through the city — and see the walkers, joggers and architecture — from the magnificent stone bridge to the impressive Chaban-Delmas Bridge.”
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