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Bordeaux is a city in the southwestern part of France, situated on the shores of Lake Garonne. The city, home to around half a million people (suburbs included), is the centre of Aquitaine’s historical district and the contemporary department of Gironde. In 2007, one of its parts, called Port of the Moon, became a UNESCO-protected world heritage site.

Bordeaux was always known as a city of talented craftsmen, aristocrats and priests. Medieval knights’ armour, made by the city’s armourers for years saved the lives of a great number of aristocrats during battle and was considered to be the standard. The main thing most people know the city for, however, is the vineyards, situated on its outskirts, for its wines of are famous all around the world. Farmers of the city mainly grow two types of white and five types of red grapes, the most popular being of the cabernet variety. The wine made in Bordeaux from this type of grapes is held to be among the best wines in the world.

Bordeaux, France
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bordeaux, France

Tourism here and in the surrounding region is tightly linked to winemaking. The city has a great number of wineries that can be visited on specially organized tours that include – of course! – a tasting. Few visitors of Bordeaux fail to visit its wine museum, located in a group of underground cellars. Every year, the city hosts a number of wine festivals, international winemakers’ fairs and wine shows. Inside the many inns of Bordeaux, this delicious drink flows ceaselessly. Most of these can be found on the beloved St. Catherine’s Street that stretches for 1,200 metres through the city centre and is considered to be the longest street in France.

Bordeaux is an attractive and colourful city with many beautiful squares, streets and monuments. The city’s Quinconces Square, with its total area of 126,000 sq. m. is one of the largest squares in Europe. The city is also home to the country’s biggest green zone, which takes up as much as 150 h of land. Local trams play their part in the preservation of its environment, and rely on solar energy.

The Famous Bordeaux water mirror
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Famous Bordeaux water mirror

The city is especially appreciated by architects and historians who come here to see the elegant classical buildings, stretching along the waterfront of Garonne. Also worthy of attention are the 18th-century houses, situated in the merchant district of Chartrons, and the 19th-century esplanades, located in the city centre, with terraces that open up on an excellent view of the riverside. By the way, the Museum of Chartrons has a collection of all the labels of every wine season, a centuries-old wine press and a bottling workshop.

Pont de Pierre bridge, Bordeaux
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Pont de Pierre bridge, Bordeaux

The building of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is considered to be one of the best buildings representing the French Classicist style. The city is characterized by a great number of fascinating ancient churches, excellent museums and beautiful cultural traditions. Every year, crowds of tourists and locals swarm the Carnival of the Two River Banks, the Fun Fair and the festivals of International Women’s Cinema, European Short Films, Organ Music, Rock, Jazz and many more. And who could even count all the wine festivals!

Those who want to really enjoy the god Dionysus’s gift to the world ought to visit the Band et Millet wine shop. Here you can choose your drinks straight from the shelves and enjoy them at an outdoor table. Alternatively, you can go to the old Café de Arts, which has a special atmosphere created by various pre-war relics. The jazz concerts hosted by the café are so popular that, if you fancy going, you should probably reserve a place in advance.

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