Beating 20 other selected top destinations. In 2016 it will only be 2 hours from Paris by the TGV train so fingers crossed it wont change too much. We like it like it is! But it was not always that way. When I first arrived in Bordeaux in 1989 in an old 2CV Citroen car from England it was … Continue reading What I think makes Bordeaux the top European City to visit
The French have a special word for bric-à-brac bargain-hunt - to "chiner"! The key Streets in Bordeaux to find Antiques are: in central town Rue Bouffard whole area of the Chartrons Bordeaux's trendiest area (around the Place du marché du chartron and Rue Notre Dame) near to the quai du chartron famous for its wine … Continue reading Where to best “chiner” to find Bric-a-Brac Bargains in Bordeaux
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Bordeaux, UNESCO registered since 2007, is undoubtedly the world’s wine capital. It is well worth visiting along with its vineyards which are France’s largest with 60 different appellations and around 10,000 châteaux. The best way to visit is with a local wine expert to show you around ‘the best of Bordeaux’, peeking behind the scenes and to make it a trip of a lifetime.
Here are some tips from a local wine lover guide to give set you on your way and give you a taste of this wonderful region.
What do you need to know? There is not a pre-requiste ‘savoir-faire’ before visiting the vineyards of Bordeaux, just an interest in wines and a desire to learn more. Not only will your guide be able to give you the background behind winetasting itself, the vineyards, the different wine villages, the Bordeaux wine trade and the process of winemaking wich will help to make your château visits come alive…
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Quite a new development the wine bars of Bordeaux are all the fashion now: Aperitif at the CIVB Maison du vin (opposite the tourist office), Bar à Vin open from 11 to 10pm (not Sundays or Bank Holidays) for a range of over 20 different appellations. Ask for a tasting sample rather than a glass … Continue reading Bordeaux’s Best Bar à Vin