Britain to Bordeaux: Claret and More…

Bordeaux is my favorite city in France and is a wonderful destination for anyone who loves wine, food and perfect  weather. It’s no secret that the Bordeaux region is the home of some of the finest wines in the world, in particular, claret (vin rouge), although there are great white wines produced here, too. Cheap airfares from most British airports make Bordeaux even more attractive, even for just a weekend getaway. However, Bordeaux is best experienced at a leisurely pace, so why not make a week of it, or longer?

The city itself has an undeniable appeal. There is very little new construction allowed in the centre and so the feeling one gets while wandering the narrow, cobblestone streets is of stepping back in time several centuries. Saint-Michel cathedral; the open-air market Les Capucins; Les Quais (the walkway along the river Garonne); the shopping streets leading to the plaza La Victoire: all have the power to seduce the visitor into falling in love with Bordeaux.

The city is best experienced on foot, but there is good public transportation for reaching parts of the city that are too far for walking. Public transportation stops around 1 am, however, and cabs are expensive, so if you plan to be out late, it’s a good idea to keep that in mind.

The surrounding area with vineyards nestled among the gentle hills is sublimely beautiful and it’s well worth renting a car to explore. Be sure to drive or take the train to Arcachon, the huge bay west of the city for fresh mussels and oysters near the seaside.

Before your departing flight, it’s a good idea to spend a night in a hotel near the aiport, such as one of the Gatwick Airport hotel, for instance, or any of the hotels in Luton, depending on your itinerary. That way you’ll be rested, on time for your flight and ready for Bordeaux and all it’s charms.


May 2, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destinations

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