The sunrise is after 7:30 and sunset before 20:30 with bright sunny days and cooler evenings. Vineyards are approaching harvest under perfect conditions indicating the 2015 vintage may be the best since 1982. Shop owners and school children are back at their assigned spots and autumn tourists are more travelers than day-trippers. The buses now run every 10 minutes or so and there are more trams on line which makes it easier to get around. French doors and draperies are open to let in light and a pleasantly warm breeze. The gardens are not parched and flower profusely. While walking, you don’t need to seek the shady side and the stone buildings have stopped reflecting heat onto passersby. Pumpkins and squashes and every kind of root vegetable are appearing in the markets at bargain prices and it’s easier to find apples than berries. It’s early autumn in Bordeaux and time for me to buy my annual Dutch Van Houten powdered hot chocolate canister.