Things to do in Bordeaux Region
Victor Hugo once said, “Take Versailles, add Antwerp, and you have Bordeaux.” After all, the 18th-century beauty of this city was one inspiration for the parts of Paris. Exploring the namesake city is just one of things to do in Bordeaux. “Enrolling” at the Ecole du Vin is the perfect addition to things to do in Bordeaux. This city-sponsored program offers weekend tours into the wine country, as well as two-hour tasting courses at a posh-looking (but surprisingly affordable) wine bar. The Museum of Fine Arts, in Bordeaux, is in a former archbishop's residence, and includes two wings of paintings by 17th-century masters, and another wing with 19th- and 20th-century painters, such as Matisse and Picasso. On a different note, La Musée National des Douanes—located along the waterfront in an 18th-century palace—celebrates the customs service. Exhibits include the history of taxes, tariffs, and border control, and feature such interesting objets précieux (national treasures) as calculating machines and smugglers’ weapons. What to do in Bordeaux when you’re ready for a break from wine? Eat candy. Darricau, a confectioner in the city of Bordeaux, churns out whimsy by the boxful, such as buttery fleur de sel caramels. Don’t miss the paves de Bordeaux ("Bordeaux cobblestones")—praline cubes and wine-soaked raisins that have been dipped in chocolate and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
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