A City Guide To Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux - Beautiful and sophisticated, Bordeaux is a truly cultured city sited on the banks of the river Garonne and flanked on both sides by vineyards as far as the eye can see. A 17 arch stone bridge spans the Garonne and offers a very impressive sight from which to view this beautiful ancient city. Bordeaux is steeped in history with its magnificent 18th century architecture and natural sheltered inland harbor.
Bordeaux has long been a major inland port and is regarded as being the commercial and cultural centre for all of South West France. The old town has both culture and beautiful architecture. Stroll along the quais of Garonne, overlooked by majestic building facades and on to the Quartier des Chartrons to see the 18th century merchants' houses.
Places of interest in Bordeaux: Explore the elegant pedestrianised shopping areas and lively restaurants and cafes. Mussels and oysters are the specialties brought upstream from the coast, they are best enjoyed with a glass of fine wine chosen from the exceptional range available.
Visit the impressive 13th-century Cathédrale St-André with its unusual but wonderful sculptures engraved into it's doors. Bordeaux's museums are gathered around the cathedral with the Musée des Beaux-Arts being one of the best with it's fine collection of European art including works by Matisse, Reynolds, Rubens, Titian, and Marquet. The old town is fairly compact and is easy discovered on foot, a two-hour walking tour can be arranged through the local tourist office.
General: Bordeaux has seen a lot of restoration over the last few years
as more and more tourists discover Bordeaux as a beautiful and enjoyable place to visit. Especially for wine experts, gourmets and people who like traditional music and historic villages. Bordeaux is in a magnificent geographical position, which combined with great wealth has made Bordeaux one of the gastronomic cities of France. Bordeaux provides a unique opportunity to discover its vineyards and the region.
Shopping & What to buy: Rue Ste Catherine and adjacent streets are a shoppers paradise with the best buys being local wines, champagne, perfumes, paintings, crystal, lace.
Getting around Bordeaux: You can easily explore the old town on foot, there is a regular and easy to use bus service around the city, plus a new tramway which offers easy access to most of Bordeaux's main attractions.
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