Bordeaux – The Wine Capital of The World

Bordeaux in February is far enough South, that when the sun is shining it is warm enough to sit outside of the cafes and restaurants of the Old Town. I had only half a day here so I just walked The Old Town.

  • Pedestrian only streets with stores full of great clothes, art and food
  • Bunkers were built to last and exist to this day
  • Take the TGV from the airport or fly into Bordeaux

This is the Paris of the South West, an elegant city with cafes with tables and chairs set up outside on sidewalks and squares in the warm sunshine. Pedestrian only streets with stores full of great clothes, art and food. It has become the capital of France on numerous occasions mainly due to wars. It was a huge U Boat base in the second World war with enormous concrete bunkers built to protect the submarines from Allied bombs. These bunkers were built to last and exist to this day being too expensive to demolish. It also has the biggest airport in the area. BA has a scheduled service from London Gatwick. All over Europe now with the advent of cut price airlines you can fly into lots of cities in France from Britain, but if you are landing at Charles de Gaulle from the States you can either take the TGV from the airport or fly into Bordeaux. I take the TGV, it is very convenient takes three hours, and if you have chosen Air France from the states the station is in that terminal so you can walk from arrivals to the station easily. Word of warning buying your train ticket in the States is great, but if you miss your train for whatever reason you lose your money.

3348-Bordeaux by Jeremy Hammond
3353Bordeaux by Jeremy Hammond

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew, patron saint of fishermen, is one of the biggest Cathedrals in The World. It took four hundred odd years to complete and has some of the best stained glass windows I have ever seen. The organ must have been an impressive display of the glory of God when at full blast. The golden statue of Our Lady of Aquitaine stares down at you as you take a coffee in the La Grande Place Cafes.

The Cathedral of Saint Andrew, patron saint of fishermen, is one of the biggest Cathedrals in The World.

Wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect.

The city is, of course, very famous for its wines that have been produced in this region since the first century. It is The World’s major wine industry Capitol with an industry worth fourteen and a half billion euros a year! For the wine guy in you it hosts Vinexpo Bordeaux in June.

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