France

Winter in Bordeaux

27 January 2018

Winter is definitely not the best season to visit France’s famous wine-growing region of Bordeaux. I was in Paris, which is just 2 hours away by high speed train and I had a big desire to go and explore this renowned culinary destination. On top of that they say there is never a bad time to visit Bordeaux, so I decided to go for a short 2 days trip.

Bordeaux is one of Europe's largest and most original 18th century architectural center. When you arrive to the city, first thing that you notice is the well-preserved buildings throughout. Place de la Bourse (The royal square) was built during the reign of King Louis XV and its architecture is reminiscent of other royal squares built in the 18th century in France. Square is located on the edge of Garonne river. Miroir d’Eau (The Water Mirror) is the world largest reflecting pool which is located across from Place de la Bourse. Make sure you don’t visit it during the rain if you want to have the full effect of the mirror. La Cité du Vin is the cultural centre dedicated to a world of wine. This place gives you a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. Ceiling of the wine-testing room in La Cité du Vin is decorated with recycled bottles. Between the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and pine forest, 60 km (37 miles) away from Bordeaux, is located Europe’s tallest sand dune. I never thought I would discover a sand dune in France. Sun made its way through the rainy clouds above the ocean on time of the sunset. Since it is winter you will not find here crowds of tourists.
Hi, I'm Anton! I've lived in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and recently I moved to South America. While global travel industry is on pause, I share memories from my past trips on Instagram, and can't wait to start posting in this blog about upcoming journeys. #StaySafe