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    esp de quinconces and colonnes rostrales
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    quai des chartrons to st michel and pont...
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    from grand théatre to mon Girondins
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    La Maison du Vin de Bordeaux

    by Lilasel Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Before going off to visit the vineyards, stop by the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, which is situated in the heart of the city, just in front of the Tourist Bureau.
    Here you'll find precise information such as maps, vineyard guides, information on each district or appellation, etc. in English, French, German, and many other languages.
    Each week a tasting is planned at which the House Sommelier comments on the two wines being tasted. In addition, throughout the year wine classes are offered in-house at the Ecole du Vin in several languages and at two levels. The schedule for the tastings and the wine classes is also available from the Maison du Vin at the address above.

    3, cours du 30 juillet, 33075 Bordeaux Cedex
    Tel: +33 (0)5 56 00 22 88 / Fax: +33 (0)5 56 00 22 77
    Hours: 9.00AM to 5.30PM all year long.

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    Quartier Saint-Eloi

    by Lilasel Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Bordeaux is reasonably spread out along the western side of the River Garonne, with the eighteenth-century old town lying between the place de la Comédie to the north, the imposing buildings of the river bank and the cathedral to the west.
    Quartier Saint-Eloi is one of the most picturesque districts in Bordeaux. Grosse Cloche (the picture) used to be the bell of the Town Hall's belfry. Currently the Town Hall is elsewhere, but the bell is still one of the symbols of Bordeaux.

    Grosse Cloche (Great Bell))

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    Esplanade des Quinconces

    by Lilasel Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: North of the centre is the vast open square of the esplanade des Quinconces. One of the tallest monuments in Bordeaux, the Monument to the Girondins and the Republic, dominates the east side of this wide promenade. This monument was erected at the end of 19th century to honour the deputies of the revolution.
    The Esplanade des Quinconces takes up more than 12 hectares.

    Monument to the Girondins

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    The Musée d'Art Contemporain

    by Lilasel Updated Nov 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Musée d'Art Contemporain on rue Ferrère occupies a converted nineteenth-century warehouse for colonial imports. The vast, arcaded hall provides a magnificent setting for the mostly post-1960 sculpture and installation-based work by artists such as Richard Long, Daniel Buren and Sol LeWitt. Few pieces from the permanent collection are on display at any one time, the main space being filled by temporary exhibitions, so it's hit or miss as to whether you'll like what's on offer. However, there's also a superb collection of glossy art books in the first-floor library and an elegant designer café-restaurant on the roof (lunch only).

    Hammocks

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    The Musée des Beaux-Arts

    by Lilasel Written Nov 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Musée des Beaux-Arts has a small but worthy selection of European fine art, featuring works by Reynolds, Titian, Rubens, Matisse and Marquet (a native of the city), as well as Delacroix's superb painting of La Grèce sur les ruines de Missolonghi.

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    Play!

    by Lilasel Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I have found this so called "play-cafe" by luck during my walk in Bordeaux where I have spent a week visiting my friends. Actually it's not a cafe, but a boutique of games or better to say - a playroom.

    In brief, you enter, you choose a game among hundred of them, you sit down comfortably and a superb play party is started.
    People, who work there, recommend the game, explain the rules, offer you the drinks.

    All the games you play in ze zem are also for sale there.

    ze zem
    12 rue saint James - 33000 Bordeaux
    tél. : 05 56 51 00 21
    mail : zezem@free.fr
    tuesday - sunday 2pm - 2am

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    Jardin Public (Public Garden)

    by Lilasel Written Nov 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This garden was built in 1756 and it soon became a popular public city park. In 1856 the garden was redesigned in an English style. Currently this 10 hectares park in the center of Bordeaux is a perfect place to spend a weekend. The Jardin Public contains some very scant remains of Bordeaux's Roman past.

    Jardin Public

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    Arcachon

    by Lilasel Updated Mar 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Arcachon has been already in XIXth century a renowned seaside and climatic station, centre of attraction of the European upper class. Nowadays numerous animation and sports activities enrapture the summer visitors as well as his marina and its ten kilometres of beaches of fine sand, next to Basin which carries its name.

    Not far from Arcachon there is the Dune of Pyla - the highest of Europe... Arcachon is also famous by excellent oysters.

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    Rostrale Columns

    by Gypsystravels Written May 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: While two members of our party decided to take a quick coffee brake, Chris, Patrick and myself decided to continue walking and came across the esplanade. Located in the grand esplanade, which is sorrounded by trees, are the two statues of Montaigne and Montesquine. The statues are located on top of twin pillars facing the river towards the end of the espanade.

    Twin Pillars at the Esplanade

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    World Wine Headquaters

    by Toyin Written Jan 9, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you have never being to Bordeaux before, I will advice you visit St Emilion if you really love French wines. You have the opportunity of tasting any type of wine for one Euros, or for free in some cases if you end up buying the particular wine.

    Fondest memory: Just Wine everywhere.

    Wine Bttle in the country side.
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    Great viewpoint

    by Mique Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are by car this might be something for you. When we headed back to the car we walked alongside the Garonne river. But unfortunately there was no place where we good get a good view of the pont de Pierre. We had already given up and were heading home when we chose the wrong bridge to cross. We did cross over the pont de pierre itself instead of the pont st. jean. When you've crossed the bridge, go right and go immediately right again. There is a small parking space there where you can take excellent pictures

    The Pont de Pierre with St. Michel basilique

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    Saint Michel

    by ceswho Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Saint-Michel has always been a disrict where beautiful antiques and unusual second hand items can be found.
    Saint Michel has a flea market and as antiques bric-a-brac gallery as well as Mediterranean Grocery shops and bazaars offer a marvellous blend of colors, odors, tastes. People who enjoy hunting good deals, which is much appreciated by students and tourists in the know.

    Saint Michel Saint Michel
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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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    Saint Pierre

    by ceswho Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Saint Pierre District is a maze of streets lined with beautiful district, many of which are craftman's boutiques and artists' workshops. However, the district also features avant-garde show rooms.
    The many squares offer picturesque outdoor restaurants and cafe's in which to enjoy a relaxing moment.

    Saint Pierre at night.

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    Take your walking shoes and tour the city

    by Mique Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Bordeaux is a city that can easily be discovered on foot. Actually it is a city that i think you must discover on foot. Especially the city centre since it is quite compact and most major sights are within a few minutes walk of each other. So bring those comfy shoes and start touring the city

    Street view of St. Andre's Cathedral

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    Les Chartrons

    by ceswho Written Jan 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Virtually self-sufficient, the Chartrons district has a village atmosphere and plenty of quality boutiques. The Chartrons includes Rue Notre Dame, a street full of antiques dealers, seconf hand shops, and art galleries, as well as Rue du Faubourg des Arts, which has recently become devoted to art and designers in a variety of fields.

    Fondest memory: The Notre Dame.

    Notre Dame
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    • Arts and Culture
    • Road Trip

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