Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport South west France
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La Giraudiere providing information about the
Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport
South west France


This article was written and published with the purpose of helping those travelling to and from La Giraudiere via  
Bordeaux Airport. However the links and information provided will help any visitors to the region that arrive via Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport France


CONTACT INFORMATION
AEROPORT BORDEAUX
CIDEX 40
33700 MERIGNAC

Passenger information
TEL : 0033 5 56 34 50 50
website address
http://www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr/
e-mail
info@bordeaux.aeroport.fr
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THINGS TO DO AND
SEE IN BORDEAUX

LOCATION MAP FOR BORDEAUX AIRPORT

WEATHER FORECAST
FOR BORDEAUX

INTERACTIVE MAP
OF BORDEAUX

HOTELS IN BORDEAUX

CAR HIRE BORDEAUX
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BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHTS TO BORDEAUX
FROM £ 55 One Way
Bordeaux - Merignac International Airport South west France
Jennifer and Christine set of from La Giraudiere to collect another new arrival for the work program that is in full swing at La Giraudiere. Christine, from New Zealand, and I Jennifer, a Canadian, set out by car on a warm Friday morning to the Bordeaux Airport to greet the next member of the group destined for La Giraudiere or LG as we the present group had named it.  We followed one of Paul's infamous handwritten maps and used the France map book for more specific street names as airport parking bordeaux imageback up.  We didn't want to miss our turn and be late! The main route to the airport does not go directly through Bordeaux, but is the main ring route otherwise known as Rocade which circles Bordeaux and the airport is to the to the north west of Bordeaux.  The turn off to the airport is called Merignac and was well marked but be sure to follow the Merignac Airport signs and not those to the Town of Merignac. Only a slight delay making a turn on to the round about due to construction on the hard shoulder.


Once we were on the main road entering the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport, the signs above
were clearly marked with Arrivals, Departures, Guest Paid Parking, Rental Car etc.  We arrived early as the purpose of the trip was two-fold, to pick up our new guest and the other request by Paul involved taking pictures for this brief article to be posted on the La Giraudiere website.
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The entrance to the lot for Guest Parking was to the left of the Passenger Arrival and Departure lanes.  We took a ticket and it was noted on the 
ticket stand that parking for 30 minutes is free. Even though the lot seemed very busy and almost 1/2 full, we didn't have far to walk; through the Rental Car lot, that offered Hertz, Avis, National, Europcar, to the main Terminal. Once through the Rental Car lot, we crossed a couple of driving lanes where people exit the Terminal.  The stop for the Metro Bus station was situated to the left and the Jet Bus and Taxi cue were located very conveniently to the right, directly out front of the main floor exit doors.  As we made our approach to the main doors of the Terminal, a garden of manicured rows of grape vines welcomed us and added a bright green contrast to the large white cement pillars and metallic gray glass of the Terminal.

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We noticed the Terminal was divided into Hall B on the left for Departures and to the right, Hall A for Arrivals.  We entered close to the centre of the main floor of the Terminal, so we took a few minutes to read the information and directions on the pillars. With a mix of eager anticipation and curiousity growing about who the new arrival would be, we made our way down the corridor to the waiting area of Hall A.  
We approached Hall A and the lighting on the main floor  corridor   seemed  to  became  brighter as we walked.  We noticed an Information Booth   our left  and Hall A
opened up to reveal a spacious white tile reception area on the main floor and escalators to a second floor with vaultedairport bordeaux shops restaurants image ceilings and lined with shops and cafes and a play area for children.  The sun shining down from the second floor illuminated the white tile of the passenger reception area and cast cool shadows on the people sipping espresso as they waited for their friend or loved one to arrive in the Cafe tucked away to the back of the reception area.  The open, airy reception area and Cafe with accents of tangerine orange gave the whole experience of greeting someone a tres tres chic, tres French feeling. Ten, maybe fifteen minutes pass.  I'm standing next to Christine as we wait.She's holding a sheet of white paper with the name of our new group member


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BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHTS TO BORDEAUX
FROM £ 55 One Way


Jet'Bus: the Bordeaux Airport shuttle service Airport to Railway Station via the town center
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Departing from Terminal B, Arrivals level, the Jet'Bus shuttle connects Bordeaux Airport to Bordeaux train station via the city centre departs every 45 minutes, operates 7 days a week. The ride from start to finish lasts around 45 minutes, depending on traffic. 
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Jet Bus Shuttle service Bordeaux
To arrive at La Giraudiere via Bordeaux Airport.
Take the shuttle jet bus from the airport to Bordeaux Gare (Bordeaux Station) At the station you need to purchase a ticket to Chalais. Chalais Station or Gare is situated upon the Bordeaux - Angouleme Line and is operated by TER lines.
Chalais is 9 km south of Brossac.
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Destinations covered from Bordeaux
Airport as at the 9 August 2009
Agadir
Genève
Montréal
Ajaccio
Héraklion
Nantes
Alger
Ibiza
Nice
Amsterdam
Innsbruck
Oran
Athènes
Le Caire
Oslo
Bâle Mulhouse
Lille
Palerme
Barcelone
Lisbonne
Paris CDG
Bastia
Liverpool
Paris Orly
Bodrum
Londres Gatwick
Prague
Brest
Londres Luton
Pula
Bristol
Louxor
Rennes
Budapest
Lyon
Rhodes
Casablanca
Madrid
Rome
Dakar
Malaga
Southampton
Djerba
Manchester
Stockholm
Dublin
Marrakech
Strasbourg
Dubrovnik
Marseille
Tozeur
Funchal
Monastir
Tunis
written in blue block letters. I watch, taking in the atmosphere; the French, dressed to perfection for the heat of the day in cool linen and saying hello and goodbye with affectionate kisses on the cheek.  It is time, Voila! Ed the new memeber had arrived and walks through the sliding doors, we exchange hellos and fall into conversation quickly about his adventures and what to expect at La Giraudiere. We make our way out of the Terminal and head out to the car.  Our first attempt to exit the parking lot is unsuccessful, we realize we have to validate the parking ticket at a kiosk in the main Terminal.  Ed kindly volunteers to find a validation kiosk, and I also remember I'm still on assignment for Paul and head back to the Terminal, camera in hand to take more photos.  I can't forget to take a picture of the display of giant wine bottles that Bordeaux is so famous for. With the parking ticket validated, we finally exit the parking lot, mission accomplished pictures taken and Ed now part of the La Giraudiere family. Even though 'le passage du temps' in the waiting area was brief, I can't help but smile.  This was one of the moments that made me realize wow, I'm really here; living and experiencing la Joie de Vivre de France!
Researched and Written By Jennifer Livermore in 2009 whilst on the working holiday at La Giraudiere
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