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5 Fun Facts about Bordeaux, France

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

All experienced travelers know that France can be quite a challenge (and highly-enjoyable) to explore because of the numerous interesting destinations one may find.

If you happen to visit France, I very much recommend dropping by its southwestern part which is the near-coastal region of Bordeaux. Easily reachable via road, train or plane, you might know or heard of Bordeaux as a beautiful place where they take their wine seriously. And they should because wine-making in Bordeaux is a tradition which started 2000 years ago. At present, the thriving wine-making business is a billion dollar industry. But surely, there’s more to Bordeaux besides its top-notch wines. Here’s a few remarkable stuff worth mentioning about the wine center of France, Bordeaux.

1. Travel through Time

Like a grandiose 17th century setting out of a fairytale book, Bordeaux has at least 5,000 uniquely-styled gothic-baroque inspired buildings which portray the region’s rich historical background.

Fun fact: Bordeaux features some of France’s oldest museums that houses important specimens and artifacts, ranging from zoological samples to historic documents and displays from the French resistance in the Second World War.

2. Culture and Art on Wheels

People from Bordeaux are passionate about art just like they are passionate with wine. To help facilitate art and culture awareness in Bordeaux, the Modern Art Bus was established to travel all around Bordeaux in search of different art exhibits.

Fun Fact: The Modern Art Bus is a great way to see the works of famous visual artists such as Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso.

3. Shop till You Drop

Known as the longest shopping strip in Europe, the Rue Saint Catherine is a 1.2 kilometer-long stretch of high-end shops, brasseries, cafés and shopping centers. This includes the famous department store “Galeries Lafayette” which has its interiors designed to resemble a royal palace.

Fun fact: Bring your walking shoes and be careful when walking around Rue Saint Catherine when it’s raining because the polished pavement can be pretty slippery!

4. Authentic French Cuisine

It’s not difficult for restaurants around Bordeaux to get the freshest ingredients to whip up the best dishes. Try a delicate-tasting foie gras (fattened duck’s liver) or choose from the many different cheeses of the region. How about some fresh Atlantic oysters?

Fun fact: A scrumptious meal is best accompanied by a great-tasting wine so try to find that perfect vintage to complement meals at the many wine bars scattered around Bordeaux.

5. Dynamic Bordeaux Nightlife

There’s a wide variety of things to do in Bordeaux after sun down. Chill at the local pubs, cafes and bars around Place de la Victoire for some live music paired with a relaxing atmosphere for a stress free evening. Or check out the night scene at Quai de Paludate if you’re into loud music and wild dancing.

Fun Fact: along the Rue Saint Catherine is the 250-year old Bordeaux Grand Theater. Wouldn’t it be nice to catch an opera, concert or ballet on stage after dark?

Top 5 Hotels in Bordeaux City Center

Photo of the Fontaine des Trois Grâces in Bordeaux, France, by Arnaud Bertrande

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Venere Travel Blog writer allan dumayas

Allan is a visual artist and freelance writer based in Manila, Philippines. He loves to incorporate art and writing by playing with words and turning them into "picturesque" paragraphs. He also fancies traveling and eating bizarre foods and is always in search of a good drinking buddy.

7 responses to “5 Fun Facts about Bordeaux, France”

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  1. Molly says:
    March 3rd, 2010 at 16:14

    ich bin deutsch. i habe ein brieffreunde

  2. Jacob Ashton says:
    September 27th, 2010 at 16:49

    Well No1 has mentioned the bordeaux footy team and i hink that is unfortunet :(

  3. Bob says:
    September 29th, 2010 at 17:21

    I really wish it had the football team on.. :(

  4. Robyn says:
    April 24th, 2012 at 12:46

    i think th@ wuz an awsum list! Compared to the one on Paris, which wuz kind of a let down…Keep it up, dude! =)

  5. jessica says:
    August 7th, 2013 at 15:36

    I was on holiday in Bordeaux last month and I highly recommand this place! it’s just beautiful…not just because of the excellent wine the have there but also for the culture, the arcitecture and the friendly people! :)

  6. Loren says:
    August 12th, 2013 at 09:07

    Yes night life in Bordeaux is amazing, dynamic. Enjoyed a lot and still enjoying.

  7. Heyyyyy says:
    December 6th, 2013 at 00:48

    Lol lol lol lol lol lol


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