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Capital of the seafood-loving Aquitaine region, Bordeaux lies along the banks of the River Garonne, and is home to 362 magnificent monuments, several first class museums and a pedestrian shopping zone that’s over a kilometre long. This charming city has also been famous for fine wines since Roman times, and is still at the epicentre of today’s international wine trade. Get some inside information by visiting Bordeaux’s vintners where you can sample and buy sweet whites such as Chateau d’Yquem, and exclusive reds like Chateaux Margaux, and other top wines at hard-to-beat prices. But if you follow our tips and roam off the beaten track, you’ll discover there’s a lot more to buzzing Bordeaux than historical sights, great shopping and posh grape juice.
Main City Paris
Surface 49.36 km²
Density 4,779 /km²
As a witness to the Second World War, BETASOM is a place of remembrance, but it is also a striking building thanks to its exaggerated proportions. Concrete and water alternate in this gigantic enclosure which occasionally hosts original exhibitions, adapted to the surroundings and the elements.
Cities are alive, neighbourhoods change and so do their buildings. La Bastide area of Bordeaux contains a hidden world linked to the industrial past of Bordeaux. A moving and extraordinary journey.
The Vieillard factory was one of the most important companies in Bordeaux in the 19th century. The company employed many people at the time, and even though the factory closed in 1895, its legacy lives on through its large production of faience. This earthenware is still highly valued and sought after by the people of Bordeaux. Their attachment is sentimental, but also esthetic, as Vieillard produced both everyday pieces and very beautiful creations. This work can be seen in second-hand shops and at the musée des Arts décoratifs.