Aquitaine Things to Do

  • Monument Aux Girondins
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Aquitaine Things to Do

  • Cathedral Saint Andre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The massive Cathedral St. Andre at Place J. Moulin is one of the centerpieces of central Bordeaux. Even with the large square it is almost impossible to get a photo of the entire cathedral. There are regularly scheduled organ concerts featuring the massive organ in the back. It took over 800 years to complete beginning with the 12th century...

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  • Place de la Bourse

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Also known as Place Royale, this is a perfect example of Bordeaux architecture at the end of the 18th century. This is a beautiful line of archways and slate roofs, with an impressive fountain in the centre - a setting made even more magnificent when it is lit up at night. There is a superb view of the Garonne river's right bank from this square.

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  • Grand Theatre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Right in the middle of the city center at place comedie, is the regal Grand Theatre. Unfortunately the music/ballet season was over in July, but on the plus side they turned the theatre into a museum featuring the costumes of the myriad of ballets and opera staged there. The inside is quite stunning, with decorated boxes allowing full wonderful...

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  • Esplanade des Quinconces

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Esplanade des Quinconces is France's largest square and one of the largest in Europe. It was laid out in the 19th century on the site of the former Château Trompette and is surrounded by trees that were planted in a specific pattern, a so-called "quinconce" (like the 5 pips of a dice). While the larger part of the square is not really inviting...

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  • Monument Aux Girondins

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    At the foot of the Monument to the Girondins are two beautiful fountains. Next to the column there are a couple of statues that honor two of the greatest names of Bordeaux. One is dedicated to the philosopher and former Mayor of Bordeaux Michel de Montaigne. The other one is dedicated to Charles Louis de Montesquieu, one of the architects of the...

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  • Basilique Saint Michel

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    One of the buildings of Bordeaux that is visible from basically everywhere, the Basilique Saint Michel is also very beautiful and offers the best panoramic view from its belfry. The basilica was built between the 14th and 16th century in Gothic "flamboyant" style. It is one of South France's biggest churches and measures some 75m in length. While...

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  • Tour Pey-Berland

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The belfry of Cathédrale St André is a curious building. First of all, it's not part of the cathedral, but a few meters away from it. This was meant to protect the structures of the cathedral from the vibrations of the bells, but also as a safety measure as the ground was rather swampy. However, being built as a belfry doesn't necessarily mean that...

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  • Musee des Beaux Arts

    3 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Behind the Hotel du Ville is Bordeaux's Museum of Fine Art. The area in front of the museum is interesting with a 30 foot tall, gaping mouth of a crocodile finely decorated. While the building is nice, the entirety of the collection is in one wing. It is always nice to see a Caravaggio and even the small El Greco was nice. But one would think a...

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  • La Grosse Cloche- The Big Clock

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The "Grosse Cloche" is one of the few monuments which have been preserved from the Middle Ages, though with quite some alterations. Like Porte Cailhau, it is also squeezed between the surrounding buildings, but impressive nonetheless. Two towers of 40m enclose the "cloche", the bell, which weighs 7,800kg. There is also a finely crafted clockwork....

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  • Pont de Pierre

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Pont de Pierre is a beautiful stone bridge which was completed in 1822 after being commissioned by Napoleon. The bridge is quite amazing and was the first bridge built across the Garonne. It is said that the bridge could only be compared to those magnificient bridges in Paris, and I quite agree. During dusk you can appreciate the bridge in...

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  • Walking

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    I can personally recommend BordeauxWalkingTours.com Patricia has some standard walking tours she does and will customize a tour to your needs as well. She has an amazing knowledge base of the history of Bordeaux and France and a background in architecture that seems to make any humble streetscape come to life. 2 thumbs...

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  • Palais Gallien

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Bordeaux's origins date back to Roman times, but from that era nothing but the Palais Gallien has survived. It is a rather curious sight as it is located amidst residential buildings and not visible until you have reached it. Dating back to the 3rd century, the amphitheatre suffered severely over the centuries. Its complete extension is only...

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  • Wine Tasting

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The area around Bordeaux is one of France's most distinguished wine regions. Due to an interplay of different factors, Bordeaux's "terroir" is superb for producing red and white wines alike. The factors include the sun, the maritime climate due to the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean, the influence from the Pyrenees further south and the huge...

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  • Eglise Notre Dame

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    We stumbled upon this magnificant structure as we were walking around Bordeaux. The facade of the church was quite interesting with its characteristic "pine-cone shapped towers". The church is located in an area teaming with activity with an open-air market. I read in my guide that the church was designed by Pierre Duplessy who was the king's...

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  • Place de la Victoire

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Located at the Southern end of rue Saint Catherine, the Place de la Victoire features a large arched entry, a large obelisque of various colored marble from the local areas and some bronze turtles with bunches of grapes. Next to the University, there are kebab places and a McDonalds. It seems to be a place where things occur.

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  • Porte Cailhau

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Bordeaux's old town still has four city gates, the most beautiful and impressive of them being Porte Cailhau. Squeezed between the buildings surrounding it, it is impressive but also gives the impression that it would be more suitable elsewhere. It was built between 1493 and 1496 to honour King Charles VIII after his defeat of the Italians. Its...

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  • Place du Parlement

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Place du Parlement is a large square for walking and relaxing. In season the half-dozen restaurants have outdoor tables for dining. They range from simple and inexpensive to the finest seafood restaurant in town (See our Cez Philippe Restaurant Tip). At the center of the square is a fine fountain. Enclosing the nicely paved square are fine...

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  • Musee d'Aquitaine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Musee d'Aquitaine is a wonderful museum reflecting this history, archeology and ethnology of the Acquitaine area. From pre-history, through the Roman period (with excellent mosaic floors on exhibit), dark ages, medieval and a well chronicled exhibit of the Bordeaux hey day in the 1800's. The post WW1 exhibits are light. Probalby a little too...

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  • Palais Rohan

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Located just steps away from Cathedral St Andre (at Place Pey Berland) and dominating the center of the old city is the Palais Rohan (or hotel de Ville). The current structure, which parts can be dated to medievil times, owes is name and renovations to the Archbishop Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. The building currently houses the town...

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  • Hotel de Ville

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Hotel de Ville, like most older fine buildings in Bordeaux, was built in the 18C as a palace for the Archbishop (Prince Rohan) which is why it is next to the Cathedral. The preferred view is from the garden behind it which we did not take. On the next street North is the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (we did not visit it). Off the garden, also...

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  • Place Gambetta

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Apparently this square is known for its great facades from the late 18th and early 19th century. Maybe i was just tired, maybe i had seen enough buildings but the lights struck me much more. In the middle of place Gambette is a very small park. And all the trees had lights.

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  • Basilique Saint Seurin

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Basilique Saint Seurin is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dated as far back as the 6th Century, the originally Romaneque church as been added on over the years, including a major Gothic facelift starting in the 15th Century. The Crypt is open from 14:00 to 19:00 and dates back to the 4th Century. Considered Bordeaux's oldest...

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  • Hospital Saint Andre

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Although quite an impressive building i was glad i was so bold to skip inside. The Garden of this place looks so nice. I didn't dare going any further. I guess one could be in a worse place then this if you do need to be hospiltalised

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  • Porte Dijeaux

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Porte Dijeaux: This gate has riplaced the one that was built ten meters ahead towards the current Gambetta Square. Next to it there's a beautiful cafè (Dijeaux cafè) where you can have a very good typical FRENCH cappuccino for ONLY € 3.30!!!!! LOL! In Italy you would be almost arrested for selling a cappuccino at that price? lol...just kidding!...

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  • Tribunal de Grande Instance

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    When you walk along cours d'Albret you'll see a very modern building on your right-hand side just after you've passed the palace of justice. This is the Tribunal de Grande Instance. Nothing very spectacular from the front but if you take a look back at the building when you've crossed the next street you see a weird object attached to the building....

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  • Fleche Saint Michel

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Standing alone and separate from the Basilica is the steeple called the Fleche (Arrow). The Fleche was built in the late 15th century and along with St. Michel Basilica are a UNESCO World Heritagage Site.

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  • Eglise Saint Pierre

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    It is no coincidence that the Church of Saint Pierre is in the heart of Old Bordeaux, on the very site of the original Gallo-Roman port. Bordeaux, a port before being a city, paid tribute to the patron saint port of those that lived from the river, who were the majority of the city's population.

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  • The beaches of Arcachon

    wonderful beaches clean soft white sand and beautiful amenities this is the beaches of the bassin of Arcachon.Plage d'Arcachon sits along the promenades boulevards facing the sea and extend for about 800 meters. It has two piers call Thiers and Eyrac. They are the starting point for many boat excursions. It is in city center of Arcachon close to...

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  • la dune du Pyla, Arcachon

    This is the highest in Europe,and a must to see in the area,, the views are spectacular and is like been in a desert only with wonderful views of pine forest on one side and the ocean in the other. Wonderful.There is a site in English that has a good description of ithttp://www.dune-pyla.com/en/It is 500 meters east to west and 2,7 km north to...

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  • Chateau de Monbazillac

    A wonderful castle great welcoming folks and fantastic wines of the Monbazillac appellation. All in one, great.My family follows this wine for many years and we drink it at home.The history tell us that around 1550, the castle was built of a single jet by Charles D'aydie on a very simple plan: a rectangle stationed at the corners of four circular...

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  • Chateau des Milandes

    This is one of the romantics nice story castles in the area fiercily linked to Josephine Baker.The chateau des Milandes is built in 1489 and constitutes the main house of the Lords of Caumont, who also own the Château de Castelnaud. The building is transformed by François de Caumont for his wife who wishes to live in a place less austere and more...

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  • Collegiale church of St Emilion

    wonderful emblematic church in Saint Emilion and one of the must visits to this old city by the vines. Walking is wonderful around here.a bit of history as I likebuilt early in the 12C by the canons of Saint-Augustin,and continue until the 16C. In the Roman style with two cupolas and traverses, even if the biggest parts visible today are from the...

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  • Cloître de Saint Emilion or cloister

    The cloister of cordeliers one of the most visible sites in Saint Emilion. It has the name cordeliers from the franciscan brothers who follow the teachings of St Francis of Assis from 1210.They were built from 1343, until the French revolution made them go into exile. From then, the new owners use the basements to do a sparkling wine under the name...

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  • visit a winemaker Lanessan

    I have many and other tips on wines, I am a collector of many years, with certificate from the French entities on the subject of wines.My taste goes beyond the borders to many countries, and some I have the opportunity to visit or even lived. However, there is nothing like the "BORDEAUX" . it covers a huge area, and many denomination to large too...

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  • Cathedral of Saint André

    A wonderful building attach to the history and lifestyle of Bordeaux, a must to visit while in the city. We love to come here.and don't forget the tour Pey Berland next door.This is the official site of the Cathedral, you can read in Englishhttp://www.cathedrale-bordeaux.fr/the cathedral is 124 meters long, with a nave without collateral of 18...

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  • St Michael Basilica

    Basilica of St Michel is a wonderful work of art/achictecture and history in the city and a must to see in town.The Basilica of Saint-Michel is one of the main places of Catholic worship in the city of Bordeaux,. Built from the 14th to the 16th century, it is typical of the flamboyant Gothic style.The Basilica shares with the Saint-Andre Cathedral...

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  • treaty of Spain and France, St Jean de...

    this basque town has inmense significance, as it was here in 1660 that king louis XIV married the infanta Maria Teresa of Spain to seal the peace between the two countries and set the limits of the two. Geographical limits that are still the same today. This ended the war of the two countries between 1635 and 1659.St Jean de Luz is a nice harbor...

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  • The beaches of Lacanau-Océan

    This is heavens, my family comes here for several years following the French craze on camping park, we rent a mobile home and just 300 meters from these magnificent beaches.I am from living many many years in tropical semitropical places, and I can say that when summer is here july and august,these beaches can rank with any in the world.You have...

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  • Pont Canal de la Garenne Agen

    a wonderful architectural and engineering marvel to amassed the waters of the Garenne so cars and boats can still go thru and use the water for irrigation field in. Le canal de Garonne dating from the 19C link the cities of Toulouse to Castets-en-Dorthe near Bordeaux, passing by Agen. It is a needy canal extending the canal du Midi that links the...

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  • The museum of the course Landaise.

    May be a short visit to this museum is the best introduction to the course Landaise; if you plan to stay a few days a 1-2 weeks in the Landes in summer you will have the opportunity to watch a course if you want; to understand a bit of what happens in the arena, a visit to the museum is helpful.There are 3 main display rooms and a small cinema.; in...

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  • Chateau des Milandes

    Set in the beautiful countryside and overlooking the Dordogne valley is the former home of Josephine Baker. The black American singer, dancer, actress who turned her back on America to avoid the racism and took French nationality after living there for a number of years. She unfortunately lost the house due to financial collapse and was forcibly...

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  • Salies-de-Béarn - "Venetian" spa town

    The spa town of Salies is also known as the Venice of Béarn. Maybe because of its meandering river and the many old buildings, crowded close together like Venetian alleyways.It is also called the 'City of Salt', because of its local salt deposits, and has an annual Salt Festival.The whole town is extremely attractive, brimming full with ancient...

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  • Just North of the Pyrenees en route Near...

    As we headed east from Tarbes the peaks of the Pyrenees became taller to the south. We were looking at the Circ de Gavirnie group abd there was a glacier at the top of the tallest.

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  • In the Southwest Edge of France

    St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a small city (pop. 1700). It lies mostly on the right side of the river Nive (which flows north through town). The town is mostly made up of 16 &17C buildings. At the bank of the stream is the Eglise Notre Dame du Port. On the far side, a small hill heads to the porte d'Espagne which enters Spain 6 km on, first rising to...

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  • A Must Stop In This Part of France

    In the 19C Pau was a resort town for rich English people. This is no longer true but it still remains pleasant. It is made relaxed by its beautiful Promenade des Pyrenees and the sight is especially enjoyable if the weather is clear to the south with views of the range of mountain peaks on view. This did not happen when we were there but luckily we...

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