Most visitors flock to Bordeaux for the wine but there are a certain number who have other things on their mind when they arrive, like roller skating.
In the heart of the city at the Place Pey Berlan, the last Friday of every month sees hundreds of roller skaters strut their stuff at Nuit de Rollers.
Both roller skates of the four-wheeled variety and newer in-line skates will be on display along with a range of styles and techniques.
While novice skaters out there might feel a bit intimidated by all the skills on show they shouldn’t worry too much as they won’t be the only first-timers.
Besides, there’s something to be said for watching the adept and experienced showing off while relaxing and taking in the spectacle without expending too much energy.
The roller skate was invented in the 1760s by an inventor called Joseph Merlin, who arrived at a party on his newly-designed wheeled shoes.
He made quite an entrance, smashing an expensive mirror as he tried in vain to stop himself.
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