As the coaches left to take those morning excursions the Sunday market stallholders were setting up on the quayside. Many speciality foods are sold here each week, to eat on the spot or to take home. Oysters from the local farms are available in several sizes. Offering tastings, such a farm was the last stop on an option to visit the Bay of Archachon and walk up the Pyla sand dune, the highest in Europe at 105m.
The same crane that lifted a barrel of Cognac off the deck of Fram, also handled the external gangway needed due to the tidal variation at the Quai Louis VIII. This very special Cognac was distilled using melted ice water from the Poles, carried for a year on Fram, north over the Arctic Circle, then south over the Equator crossing the Antarctic Circle before returning to Bordeaux to be bottled.Named after Jacques Chaban-Delmas, Mayor of Bordeaux from 1947 to 1995, the late afternoon riverside was lined with spectators who stopped their promenade to watch Fram leave under their brand new bridge. Inaugurated in March, the largest lift bridge in Europe is 117 metres long, with a central span rising to a height of 53 metres.