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A Look Inside Bordeaux

Pascale Bernasse | Tuesday, Sep 1st 2015

French Wine Explorers was named as a finalist in the Great Wine Capitals Blogger Contest for 2015. Here is our entry for the contest, taking you on a personal tour inside Bordeaux.

A Look Inside Bordeaux

Bordeaux could—not too long ago—be likened to an unnoticed little sister of the famously glamorous capital city, Paris. Indeed, Bordeaux carries the moniker Petit Paris and it has been said that parts of Paris were modeled after Bordeaux.

But Bordeaux, for a long time, was lacking in the charm that so defines Paris. Her old city’s center was covered in grime and blackened by pollution and the docks along the Garonne River were crumbling. Yet the new millennium has been kind to the ancient city of Bordeaux and, thanks to hearty rejuvenation efforts that began in the mid-90s, she has reclaimed her former glory. Bordeaux’s rise from obscurity back to its rightful place as one of Europe’s top destinations was complete when it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

For me, time well spent inside Bordeaux would include eating in the heart of the city—where you can feel the buzz of Bordeaux life—tasting some of Bordeaux’s most exclusive (and expensive) wines at one of the many chic new wine bars, touring at top châteaux in the region, and taking time to enjoy the city’s great culture. To continue reading the article, click here.

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