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Bordeaux, France

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A three-hour TGV ride from Paris, this UNESCO World Heritage port city in southwest France has undergone a facelift of Renaissance proportions over the past 15 years. Its once-grimy period facades have been scrubbed clean, the desolate quays along the Garonne River have sprung to life with grass-lined bicycle paths, and a futuristic tram winds through its streets with style and efficiency. Standout sights include the Place de la Bourse, with its panoramic reflecting pool, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Stay at the opulent 150-room Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux, and plan day trips to vineyards in nearby Medoc and St.-Emilion.

Don’t Miss: Reserve a table at La Tupina to savor hearty regional fare such as fire-roasted black pig and French fries prepared in duck fat.

World's Most Underrated Cities

Bordeaux, France

A three-hour TGV ride from Paris, this UNESCO World Heritage port city in southwest France has undergone a facelift of Renaissance proportions over the past 15 years. Its once-grimy period facades have been scrubbed clean, the desolate quays along the Garonne River have sprung to life with grass-lined bicycle paths, and a futuristic tram winds through its streets with style and efficiency. Standout sights include the Place de la Bourse, with its panoramic reflecting pool, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Stay at the opulent 150-room Regent Grand Hotel Bordeaux, and plan day trips to vineyards in nearby Medoc and St.-Emilion.

Don’t Miss: Reserve a table at La Tupina to savor hearty regional fare such as fire-roasted black pig and French fries prepared in duck fat.

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