Have you already heard of Bordeaux’s wines ? I’m sure you have. I invite you to follow me in a trip around Bordeaux and its vineyards. As I have a lot of things to show you, I will write 3 articles on that subject. You will first find some good places to visit in the town (1/3) and, in a second time, I will suggest you some really nice spots in the vineyards to discover (2/3). To finish, you will see some nice places to stay for your vacations (3/3).
Bordeaux is an amazing town classified by the UNESCO as world heritage, where you will have a really good time. I live in this urban area of 840 000 inhabitants for 12 years now and there is so many things to do and see here that I can’t imagine leave the south west of France. When you arrived in Bordeaux by plane or by train, take the tram and go directly in the center of Bordeaux. Stop at « Place de la Bourse ». You can discover this wonderful place with the Haussman buildings and the fountain in the middle and, on the other side of the road, the quays, the moon port. You can have a nice walk in front of the Garonne river in the middle of the gardens from the Stone Bridge (built at Napoleon’s reign) to the water mirror, where you can play with kids. If you like to walk, you can follow the way until the outlet stores for shopping. If not, stay around the Place de la Bourse and visit the Porte Cailhau, one of the old door to enter the historic heart of Bordeaux. Walk in the old and tinny streets until the Place Saint Pierre and the Place du Parlement. If you are hungry, I suggest you to stop at The french restaurant « Le Parlement des Graves » (www.leparlementdesgraves.fr), where you will find a very good food, a nice selection of wines and it’s not too expensive. After lunch, you can continue the visit with the Sainte Catherine street, which is the longest pedestrian street in Europe for shopping (1.24 miles). At the end of Sainte Catherine street, you will arrive on Place Tourny with an amazing view on the big theater, builded in 1780. After that, follow your way until the Place des Quinconces with the Girondins’ fountain. If you haven’t eat yet, I suggest you to enter in a french brasserie, just like in Paris, « La brasserie l’Orléans » (www.brasserie-lorleans.fr), where you can eat very good food with a very good service. When you come in Bordeaux, don’t forget to go and visit the cathedrale, in front of the city hall, the wine world city with its museum and the Palais Gallien, a Roman arena of the third century. To end that fantastic day, I invite you to have dinner on the other side of the river, in the french restaurant « La petite gironde » (www.lapetitegironde.fr) where you will have very good meals with a fantastic view on Bordeaux in a nice garden.
If you want to have a first good idea of the city, you should watch that video by the touristic office of Bordeaux : http://www.bordeaux-tourisme.com and clic on « Voir la video de Bordeaux » at the left bottom of the web site.