As many of you may know, I was recently fortunate enough to visit Bordeaux. I was, naturally enough, on a visit to learn more about the wines and estates of Bordeaux, as a guest of the CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux). I owe the CIVB thanks for this great opportunity, and will address the wines in future emails, but today I wanted to take this chance to share some images of Bordeaux, the city.
After a long program of improvement, the city of Bordeaux has transformed itself into a simply spectacular place in which to enjoy the French lifestyle. All cleaned up, with a new system of trams and busses replacing darting automobiles, as well as new underground parking facilities freeing up the streets for pedestrian malls, it’s now a great walking city.
About the AuthorGregory Dal Piaz is a proponent and admirer of a broad range of wines and styles. During his decades of collecting and tasting he has discovered that a wine need not cost a fortune to drink well. Feel free to ask him questions at the Snooth Forums where he regularly engages with beginners and experts alike.
Even better than that, it’s a great city in which one can simply enjoy the outdoors, with cafes and restaurants spilling onto almost every sidewalk, allowing you ample opportunity to watch the city pass by while you enjoy a few glasses of their finest wines – which need not be expensive, by the way. But that's fodder for a future story!
If you just want to stroll through the city, the newly renovated waterfront is full of parks and attractions, as well as refreshing breezes, that make it an irresistible lure to young and old at virtually ever hour of the day. Being located far to the west of its time zone, Bordeaux stays light until 10pm this time of year, leaving ample time after visiting wineries all day to soak in some of the sites.
I am looking forward to my next visit to this special little city, and will make sure to leave myself more time to explore its secrets and wonders, but from the few hours of free time I did have I was able to take away many wonderful memories. I hope you enjoy this peek at Bordeaux, city on the Garonne!