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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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  • Axsum

    The boutique for urban clothes horses carries women's fashions from Martin Margiela, Maria Calderara, and Ann Demeulemeester, as well as internatio... More
  • Blue Cargo

    When travelers think of French nightclubs, visions of Paris's trendy, velvet rope venues—with their pulse pounding club music, hypnotic lightshows,... More
  • Café Utopia

    The former 17th-century church has been transformed into a bar/cinema/art complex. On sunny days in the late afternoon, the outdoor terrace is bath... More
  • CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain

    Set in a former warehouse, the museum shows a rotating collection of art from the 1960's to the present. More
  • Château Beychevelle

    Château Beychevelle is an estate along La Gironde about 30 miles northwest of Bordeaux near the village of St.-Julien. Founded in the Middle Ages, ... More
  • Château Cos d'Estournel

    Château Cos d'Estournel is one of the top Haut-Médoc wine producers in Bordeaux’s St.-Estèphe region. The property sits on 200 acres with an impres... More
  • Château Giscours

    Located northwest of Bordeaux proper, the Château Giscours winery is set on a hilltop in the commune of Labarde. The domaine started producing Marg... More
  • Château Grand Callamand

    Château Grand Callamand is both a winery and a bed-and-breakfast. Located near the town of Pertuis in Luberon National Park, the château is owned b... More
  • Château Palmer

    Just off the D2 highway—known as the Route des Châteaux—this 128-acre winery is easily recognizable by its two conical turrets rising behind a wrou... More
  • Chateau Pichon-Longueville

    Chateau Pichon-Longueville is known locally as Pichon Baron. Located northwest of Bordeaux along the Garonne River between the towns of Pauillac an... More
  • Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

    More than just a winery, Château Smith Haut Lafitte is a family home, a hotel with a natural mineral springs spa, and one of the most praised winem... More
  • Darricau

    This confectioner churns out whimsy by the boxful, such as mountains of buttery fleur de sel caramels, and paves de Bordeaux ("Bordeaux cobblestone... More
  • École du Vin

    The city-sponsored program offers wine-country weekend tours and onsite two-hour tasting courses at a posh-looking but bargain-priced wine bar. More
  • French Wine Explorers

    The company operates throughout France and Italy, but the shining jewel is the Bordeaux Prestige Tour. The Bordeaux Prestige Tour is offered three ... More
  • Galerie du Loup

    You'll get an eyeful of decorative objects and other furnishings by cutting-edge designers such as Christophe Pillet, Jurgen Bey, and Karim Rashid.... More

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