Bordeaux is often referred to as France’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ since, after significant government restoration work, the enchanting city today has fully blossomed into a beautiful, gracious Grande Dame. Bordeaux is the center of the esteemed wine-growing region surrounded by wonderful vineyards and chateaux.
Cutting through the elegant city is the Garonne River which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. In the past, it served as a port for transporting wine. Today, cruise ships dock there for a couple days and you can also take a boat ride.
The cityscape is exceptionally beautiful. You can’t miss the city’s dominant monumental buildings like the towering Gothic St. Andre Cathedral, the Palais de la Bourse and remaining medieval city gates. You’ll also find beautiful town squares rimmed with cafes and small parks where the locals gather to socialize with family and friends. A must-see in Bordeaux is the Mirroir d’Eau (reflecting pool). Any wine lover should also set aside at least half a day to la Cite du Vin, a unique cultural centre dedicated to the heritage of wine. The museum is the first of it's kind and offers a spectacular journey around the world, throughout the ages, across countless cultures and civilizations. La Cité du Vin is a must to see, visit and experience!
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Lene H. Minyard