Are you a fan of architecture, wine, and good food? Then head to South-West France. Explore Bordeaux, the largest city in the Aquitaine Region.
Things to see:
Place de la Bourse (Miroir d’Eau)
The best time to go is at night when the lights reflect on the water.
Or during the day when many people are walking and playing on the fountain.
Learn about the history of the Region at Musée d’Aquitaine. The museum has special exhibitions, and the cost is a fraction of the price you would pay in Paris.
Chicano Dream was the exhibit during my visit.
Check out this 18th Century architecture masterpiece. For information on performances and tours visit Opéra National de Bordeaux.
Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux
The Gothique Style Cathedral is the perfect center-piece to the city center. It’s free to go and check out the inside of the Cathedral.
Being a smaller town, in Bordeaux you will have more local experiences. Smaller food markets with produce from the region.
Walk Along the Garonne
The two best times to walk along the Garonne, I found to be early in the morning and in the evening right after dinner.
Dive into the Food Scene
Canéles de Bordeaux are a staple of the city. Make sure you have a couple of these Rum and Vanilla cakes accompanied with espresso.
This might sound odd, but the best Pad Thai I have ever had was in Bordeaux. Don’t be afraid to try different cuisines that are not neccessarily French.
Tuna Salad and Potato salad tapas.
And….When in a wine region, drink lots and lots of wine.
Blaye (Aquitaine, France)
Blaye is known for its Citadel and for being a red wine producer region. If you want to make Blaye into a day trip, visit the tourism office in Bordeaux.
Discover a town within the walls of the Citadel. You will find a history museum, restaurants, and a great view of the Garonne.
Bay of Arcachon
Arcachon is only an hour train ride away from Bordeaux. You can enjoy the pier, shops, fresh seafood by the bay, crepes, and a carrousel. Once you get to explore the town, discover unique architecture to the area, and a high point with a view of the Bay.
Saint-Emilion is a town East of Bordeaux known for the vineyards that surround it. Consider taking a day-trip to the area. For more information visit France This Way.