Bordeaux - City of Art and History

Bordeaux - a Port City on the Garonne River in South West France.

It is the capital of the Aquitaine region and it’s inhabitants are called 'Bordelais'.

It is located close to the European Atlantic coast in the southwest of France and in the north of the Aquitaine region.

The city is built on a bend of the river Garonne, and is divided into two parts: the right bank to the east and left bank in the west.

Historically, the left bank is more developed.

The Garonne River is accessible to Ocean Liners.

The left bank of the Garonne is a low-lying, often marshy plain.

You might have visited quite a few of the tranquil and beautiful Villages in South-West-France and now you would like to have a bit of noise and hustle and bustle.

It’s time to visit Bordeaux, as here you will find Museums, Parks and Gardens, Culture, Nightclubs and of course Shopping.

If you like wine you probably know that Bordeaux is one of the world’s most famous fine wine region.The wine has been produced in the region since the 18th century.

It has about 116,160 hectares of Vineyards, 57 Appellations, 10,000 Wine-producing Chateaux and 13,000 Grape growers.

With an annual production of approximately 850 million bottles, it produces large quantities of everyday wine as well as some of the most expensive wines in the world.

As you know I am not a history website, but as I find the City really interesting I have researched it a bit and maybe you want to read a bit about the history. It’s quite fascinating.

Another fun thing is getting around the City with the Tramway.

Since July 2009 the tramway is the total length of 43.9 kms and it has 89 stops but tentative plans are already made to extend the whole network.

Trams operate from around 4.30am until midnight, seven days a week with later service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until around 1.30am.

All stops have panels showing the waiting time until the next tram.

On Sunday and holiday mornings, trams run every 30/40 minutes until around 10.00am then every 20 minutes.

Weekday and Saturday services operate every 10 - 12 minutes with additional service during 'rush hour' and for special events.

There is no service at all on May 1st, Labour Day holiday.

So, there we are.

For one day, get away from the tranquility and go to Bordeaux and enjoy all the city has to offer.......

You can drive there or why not take a train from Chalais and then have a ride on the Tram.

I am sure that once you have spent a day in this lovely City you’ll be glad to come back again to one of the lovely Villages and maybe even to ’La Petite Maison’ and have a good rest after all the walking you did.

I hope you enjoyed reading about Bordeaux and maybe even enjoyed it more visiting......


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