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A “Grape” place to taste the good life

A “Grape” place to taste the good life

Bordeaux, on the banks of the Garonne river and the capital of the Aquitaine region of France, is world famous by its name alone. Synonymous with wine, this is one of the major wine producing regions in France. Bordeaux is also one of its great cities, just 3.5 hours from Paris on the high speed TGV.
The Aquataine region has been growing wine since the 8th century. Bordeaux has nearly 300,000 acres of vineyards, including 57 appellations, 10,000 wine-producing châteaux and 13,000 grape growers. This all adds up to an annual production of approximately 850 million bottles – spanning your average table wine to some of the world’s most expensive wines in the world. The city is also home to Vinexpo, where the wine community comes to swish and spit the latest vintages.

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Want to do more than taste wine (at least for a little while ?) The city has nine public museums including the Museum of Fine Art, one of the largest art galleries in France outside Paris and includes works by Delacroix, Rubens, Renoir and Picasso.

Bordeaux is a UNESCO Heritage site, for its “outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century. You can view this display in the city’s beautiful squares, including its most breathtaking – the Place de la Bourse.

Take a car-free stroll down the Rue Sainte-Catherine, considered the longest pedestrian-only street in Europe. Charm abound, stop at an outdoor café for a glass of premier cru (try a red from Mouton-Rothchild – that’s the good stuff) and people watch. Taste the crisp, fruity flavors with a touch of licorice. It will warm your soul like the Aquitaine sun.

Decidedly controversial, yet to some – deliciously divine, the Aquitaine region is famous for its foie gras. Head to the Marché Capuçins, located on the Cours de la Marne, close to Bordeaux St Jean train station for a taste of the local fatty duck liver. For something sweet, try Cannelés - tiny round cakes soaked in rum.

Bordeaux is just the beginning of your journey into France with a France Rail Pass. In just two hours, be in Limoges, home to its eponymous porcelain. Have cassoulet in Toulouse, France’s Ville Rose, or “Pink City” thanks to its buildings covered in wide Roman bricks. In three hours be in Lourdes, sight of Mary and miracles. With a Eurail France-Spain Pass, you can go from to Allez to Ole in just a few hours.

Bordeaux – a “grape” city in France that can get you to a “bunch” of other places too. This is the sweet taste of train travel.

As an area world-famous for its wines it’d be easy to get carried away. Maintain a balance with plenty of local, fresh seafood – go for Lamproie a la Bordelaise (eel cooked in red wine). If you’re not a fish fan try Confit d’Oie (potted preserved goose).

Bordeaux has a wealth of luxury stores which are located in the Golden Triangle, within, Cours de l’Intendance, Cours Georges Clemenceau and Allées de Tourny.

_ Bordeaux Tourist Office
Rue Ch. Domercq, 33800 Bordeaux
Tel: +33 (0)5 56 91 64 70

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Bordeaux station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux city guide

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Is the train from bordeaux to bayonne a scenic ride - as opposed to a train ride through lots of tunnels? We want to travel from Bordeaux to Bayonne and see the beautiful scenery but would prefer not to drive. We love train travel but if the trip is not a scenic one then I don't want to do it.

Margaret Miller Webring | 18 May 2016 complete | 2 Comments
Reservations with rail pass. how do i make a reservation? How do I use my euro rail pass? how do I reserve train tickets? is euro rail accepted by all train companies?

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Does eurail global pass cover: zurich airport-zurich-lucerne (lucerne metro)-kussnacht-lucerne-geneva-golden pass-paris (paris (...) Hi there, I planned to get Eurail Global to travel to Switzerland, France and Italy. Here my questions whether Eurail Global Pass covered all below, please state YES or No, so that I can plan accordingly: 1. Train from Zurich Airport to (...)

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Uk, france, & spain (london, valencia, barcelona, bordeaux, & paris) this september. what should we purchase? Can you give us the best train routes available for this journey along with time and cost involved. Is there a rail pass that would be cost effective? We have heard that overnight is available. However, we wonder if the daytime view is worth (...)

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Train strike - will it be extended past june 28 I will be traveling from Paris to Bordeaux July 5 and returning to Paris from Bordeaux on July 12. The rolling strike is stated to end on June 28th. Will the strike be extended into July?

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    Great trip |
    "It was very fast and comfortable by TVG train pleasant trip for just 20 eur.from beautiful Bordeaux to medieval town-museum Carcassonne. "

  • Catching the connecting train |
    "We almost failed to catch our connecting train from Bordeaux to Paris. Our first train arrived late and we experienced difficulty in finding our connecting train because there are no proper signs / instructions at the station. At the connecting train, we have to hop on the first car we saw, dragging our luggages, because there's no more time figuring out which car we are supposed to board. The train started moving just in time when we boarded. "

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    "It was a night train and there's a good change that you will miss your stop if you stay inside your cabin since there's no "silent" alert that would inform the passengers of the next stop. In our case, we just stood near the exit door more than 30min before the scheduled arrival at Lourdes station just to make sure we will not miss our stop. "

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    A Great Way 2 Travel In France |
    "The trains run on time, they're comfortable, the website works well for searching times and booking trips. This was our third trip on TGV in the past year and we'll be sure to use it the next time we're in France. One warning - they allow anyone on the boarding platform at Montparnasse so it is chaos getting to your car, especially if it is at the back of the train. Be sure to give yourself lots of time to fight the crowds if you're departing from Montparnasse. "

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    "The first class seat was a little cramped as I could not stretch my legs out or I would touch the man sitting opposite. Otherwise, the train was clean, fast and efficient. "

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    "comfortable ride, almost on time efficient "

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    "Train travel is good in Europe if you do not have many luggages on toll. It provides hassle-free travelling and time saving. "

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    Nice trip  |
    "Very comfortable and as ususal TGVs are a treat by themselves. "

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    Excellent Trip |
    "Very good, simple, comfortable and we got there with time to spare so there was no pressure at the airport. Toilets were blocked according to the kids so that was not the best but otherwise all good "

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    "Always nice to travel with TGV "

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