• Bordeaux – More than just a city of wine

    by  • October 19, 2014 • Architecture, Art, Bordeaux, City Breaks, Food & Drink

    There’s plenty to do during a few days in Bordeaux

    To take a short break in Bordeaux means to have the chance to stroll along some of the most graceful streets in France and to eat well and drink extremely well!

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    There’s never a bad time to visit Bordeaux. Autumn and Winter are generally mild, and the number of sunny days is often quite high. Summers can be extremely hot, like elsewhere in the south of France.

    Where better to start this blog than with a mention of Bordeaux’s role in the world of wine? The city’s reputation is founded on pleasures of the table and Bordeaux still likes to be known as the “World Capital of Wine”. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo which is held every other year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The House of Wine is the centre for the CIVB, the Bordeaux Wine Trade Council and the its wine bar ‘Bar á Vin’. You can’t miss the 18th century building shaped like a ship’s prow just across from the Bordeaux Tourist Office. The ‘Bar á Vin’ is open to all customers for tastings of a selection of Bordeaux wines.

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    Bordeaux has plenty of other attractions to please city break tourist, however. For culture lovers it has a large and varied collection of museums and galleries . Gallo-Roman statues and relics dating back 25,000 years are among the highlights at the impressive Musée d’Aquitaine . Faience pottery, porcelain, gold, iron, glasswork and furniture are displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. For those who prefer contemporary art, the Entrepôts Lainé creates a dramatic backdrop for cutting-edge modern art at the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain. It was built in 1824 as a warehouse for French colonial produce like coffee, cocoa, peanuts and vanilla.

    Also on the “must see” list is the Grand Theatre with its magnificent neo-classical façade. Inside, the auditorium is decorated in magnificent blue and gold. While the best way to experience the theatre is, obviously, at a play or concert, there are also 45-minute guided visits on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

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    A classic Bordeaux experience is a Saturday morning spent tasting oysters and white wine from one of the seafood stands at the Marché des Capucins. This market is a great place to visit just to gaze at the colourful stalls or perhaps to try some of the wonderful fresh produce.

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