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Bordeaux - The Grapes of Construction

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A June 2002 trip to Bordeaux by funny anglo

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Quote: The word Bordeaux is symbolic of great French wine, and this is probably the reason most people visit the city and the surrounding region. Make Bordeaux your base and explore its wine country, particularly the village and vineyards of Saint-Émilion.

Bordeaux - The Grapes of Construction

Overview

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The main focus of our visit was in fact to take a wine tour organized by the Tourism Office, and to return our rented car and go back to Paris by train. I don't think there is much else to do in Bordeaux, or at least I didn't see or hear of anything that seemed interesting. Quick Tips: If you are not travelling by car and you want to visit a chatêau or wine producer I highly recommend taking the Tourism Office tour, as it can be difficult to visit these places without your own transportation. Try to stay in hotels that are close to the city centre (place Gambetta, rue Sainte-Catherine), the area is full of restaurants and shops and features beautiful eighteenth and nineteenth century ...Read More

Holiday Inn

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Hotel | "Holiday Inn City Centre"

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Bordeaux has an array of hotels for every budget. I had made reservations before we left Canada, however it would not have been a problem arriving in Bordeaux without a reservation. The only time that you should make a reservation is during the annual wine expo in June - the dates vary from year to year. I ended up choosing the Holiday Inn City Centre because it was advertised as a four star hotel in downtown Bordeaux with competitive rates (70-100 euros per night) and I could collect frequent flyer points. Hint of advice: before booking a hotel, check a local map to see exactly where it is in proximity to major attractions. Although it says on the Holiday Inn web site that this hotel is 0 km fr...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 15, 2002

Holiday Inn
29-30 RUE DE TAUZIA
Bordeaux, France
0033 569 22121

L'Escorial

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Restaurant

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We found this paella and tapas bar on a side street off the main shopping drag, rue Sainte-Catherine. With Bordeaux so close to Spain we figured they would be many Spanish restaurants in the city, and we were right. When it comes to food I have a discerning palate (read: picky), especially with seafood. I love vegetarian or chicken paella, so when I didn't find one exactly like that on the menu I asked if I could order one that had seafood and chicken, but omit the seafood. The waitress looked horrified, and said this could never be done because it wouldn't be called paella if it did not have seafood. Not wanting to be the argumentative tourist, I settled for five tapas on the long tapas lis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2002

L'Escorial
31 rue des Augustins
Bordeaux, France
05 56 919 647

Aux 3 Arcades

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Restaurant

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Aux 3 Arcades is located in Place du Parlement, a popular dining spot in Vieux Bordeaux. Several bistros face the square, each with enough space to accommodate 20-30 tables outside. Each restaurant serves more or less the same dishes (French) at the same prices, so it’s really up to the customer to see if there are slight nuances between the menus posted outside. As with most French restaurants, the cheapest and often best way to eat is by selecting from the table d’hôte. We chose Aux 3 Arcades because it featured two interesting selections on their table d’hôte of our favourite meats, chicken and duck. We sat outside on their large terrace, covered with a tent just in case Mother Nature dec...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 19, 2002

Aux 3 Arcades
10 Place du Parlement
Bordeaux, France
05 56 81 21 68

Grands Vins de Bordeaux

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Attraction | "Bordeaux wine chateaux tour - Office de Tourisme"

Grands Vins de Bordeaux Photo, Bordeaux, France
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My boyfriend and I had two major reasons for visiting Bordeaux: dropping off our car after a week of driving approximately 500km in southern/eastern/western France, and to visit a vineyard. You cannot visit France without visiting at least one vineyard, and Bordeaux is the crowning jewel of France’s illustrious wine regions. If you are traveling by car, you can create your own wine tour and book you reservations directly with the winery, but the easiest way to visit is to book a guided wine tour through Bordeaux’s tourist office. A ticket for the office’s tour costs $26 and includes transportation by air-conditioned bus to one designated area in the region, a five-hour guided afternoon tour in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2003

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