les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It's here! It's here!

So yesterday morning found us up ladders, down ladders, climbing on worktops, finishing off the painting of the kitchen. Then, at 11:30, we set off for the inauguration of the tram to Pessac Alouette.

We took the 4 to Pessac Centre, then walked down the lovely wooded walkway to Bougnard. Some event tents had been set up and a little crowd was milling. A small jazz group played New Orleans style. A man was carrying a velvet cushion and a golden scissors. The press and the radio were there.

M. Raynal, the Maire of Pessac gave the first speech, followed by the Chairman of the Hospital Group of Haut-Leveque, then M. Juppé, Maire of Bordeaux, Chairman of Bordeaux Métropole, Future Candidate of the Républicains and Future Président of France.

After the speeches M. Juppé cut a ceremonial ribbon with the golden scissors, and cut pieces of ribbon for the little girl who served as scissor-bearer, then we surged into the waiting tram (which, incidentally, was not at a tram stop). A wooden ramp had been set up for wheelchair users.

The tram set off and took us, non-stop, to France-Alouette where some more event tents were waiting with fruit juices, fizzy water, delicious sandwiches and little wedges of tortilla española. The sandwiches had alarming colours - some were the colour of Oreo cookies and some were orange, but they were all very good indeed.

At my left was stood a man from Radio France. He caught my attention and interviewed me about the arrival of the tram. Then I spotted the Maire of Pessac, M. Raynal. I asked him if we could please have some Citiz cars posted here. He seems to be more in favour of Bluecub - little electric cars. Maybe they would do...

Later that afternoon we went for a celebration trip by air-conditioned tram into town and ate ice-cream in Macdonalds.

It's here!

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