The Garonne, site of the Bordeaux River Festival. Photo courtesy of Grand Parc Bordeaux on Flickr

The Bordeaux Waterfront

Mention Bordeaux to someone, and no doubt the region’s vineyards comes to mind. But to those who have visited this extraordinary city in addition to its miles of surrounding verdant hills, it’s the Garonne River that most likely sticks in their memory. That’s because the Bordeaux waterfront is arguably the heart of local life.

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July 4, 2014 by
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The Landes Forest. Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre on Flickr

The Landes Forest

Bordeaux is on the itinerary of many a visitor to France, and rightly so. With hundreds of vineyards in the countryside surrounding a lively city center, it’s one of those surprising places that bring people back year after year. But while the wine country to the east of Bordeaux is well-trodden, to the east is a vast expanse of the Aquitaine region that is little explored by visitors: the Landes Forest.

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May 9, 2014 by
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Bordeaux: The Region, the City, the Wine

Many facets of Bordeaux. Photo courttesy of dpotera on Flickr

A trip to Bordeaux is on the bucket list of every Francophile. But once it gets to the planning stages, it’s readily apparent that “visiting Bordeaux” encompasses a wide variety of things to do – and an area that’s bigger than simply the city that bears its name. So, what should you know before visiting Bordeaux? Let’s take a look.

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April 14, 2014 by
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Surfing at the Côte d’Argent Beach Near Bordeaux

Surfing at the Côte d'Argent Beach Near Bordeaux. Photo courtesy of Rob124 on Flickr

The more visitors learn about France, the more surprises it yields. One of the most surprising of all is the Côte d’Argent, a 124-mile stretch of pristine white sand beaches that stretches from near the Spanish border up to above west of Bordeaux.

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February 28, 2014 by
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Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Half-Day Trip

The Bordeaux Vineyards Wine Tasting Tour had just taken a turn for the better, as far as I was concerned. My husband, the connoisseur, was less enthusiastic. Because we’d arrived in Bordeaux in the wintry low season, they’d combined their two most popular tours—the wine-tasting trip and a tour of Saint-Émilion, a UNESCO World Heritage […]

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February 3, 2014 by
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Small-Group Wine Tasting and Workshop in Bordeaux

The name Bordeaux is synonymous with fine wine, and most visitors make their way here specifically to indulge in the region’s viticultural bounty. Certainly this was why my husband and I came, hence our eagerness to start our trip with this two-hour Wine Tasting and Workshop. It indeed offered several very interesting regional secrets for […]

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January 21, 2014 by
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The Atlantic Coast Near Bordeaux

Biarritz Beaches. Photo courtesy of Aonghus Flynn on Flickr

When travelers put Bordeaux on their vacation itinerary, it’s usually to visit the world-famous vineyards surrounding this fantastic city – and of course, they’re right. Bordeaux is the perfect mix of city and countryside, and makes you feel like you’re having a vacation within a vacation. But what a lot of people don’t know is that the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux is a favorite among the French, and offers yet another unique view of a country that is so much more than just Paris.

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January 3, 2014 by
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Bordeaux in Winter

Bordeaux in Winter. Photo courtesy of Peter Collins on Flickr

From its proximity to the coast in the summer to its fruitful bounty in the fall, Bordeaux has much to offer the visitor during peak travel months. But Bordeaux in winter is a special treat, and one that savvy travelers should consider instead of yet another trip to Paris.

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December 6, 2013 by
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Christmas in Bordeaux

Bordeaux Christmas Market. Photo courtesy of Charles Hutchins on Flickr

As it is throughout France, Christmas in Bordeaux is a magical time for adults and children with plenty of things to do and see.

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November 8, 2013 by
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Pyla Dune, the Largest Sand Dune in Europe

Pyla Duna at Arcachon. Photo courtesy of Rob124 on Flickr

Spreading 1500 feet back from the sea and stretching to about two miles along the Atlantic coastline and 300 feet high, Pyla Dune (French: Dune du Pilat) should be at the top of your list of day trips from Bordeaux. It’s almost surreal to see something more suited to a desert sea than a spot […]

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October 11, 2013 by
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