Aquitaine Things to Do

  • Monument Aux Girondins
    Monument Aux Girondins
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    The Fountain in the Square at Dusk
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Aquitaine Things to Do

  • Cathedral Saint Andre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Bordeaux’s city tourist office is quick to admit that the Cathédrale Saint André cannot compete with the ones in northern France like Amiens, Chartres or Reims, but they say its “heterogeneous appearance has something unexpected and endearing, in particular its separate bell tower.” This is where Anne of Austria (who despite her name was more...

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  • Grand Theatre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Bordeaux is one of six French cities with a ‘National Opera’, the others being Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Montpellier and Nancy. A ‘National Opera’ is an opera company that is partially financed by the Ministry of Culture

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  • Musee des Beaux Arts

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    When I go to art museums I am always glad to see paintings on themes that I ‘know’ because they have also been made into operas. I noticed four of these at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux. (Have I overlooked any?) The first one I noticed was the painting Tarquin & Lucrèce by Tiziano Vecellio (1489-1576), better known as Titien. This is a...

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  • Monument Aux Girondins

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    On the north side of the column, opposite “The Triumph of the Republic”, is a parallel complex of fountains and statues called Le Triomphe de la Concorde. This of course has nothing to do with the ill-fated supersonic Concorde aircraft, (a surviving example of which you can visit in Le Bourget if you like that sort of thing), but rather with the...

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  • Esplanade des Quinconces

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    There are many beautiful places to visit in Bordeaux, but one of my favorite places is the Esplanade des Quinconces with the Fountain of the Girondins. The fountain is spectacular and a great photo-op. Everyone looks more impressive perched beneath a huge stallion spouting water. The beautiful esplanade is surrounded by trees and the perfect place...

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  • Wine Tasting

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    This winery is located in the Province of Bordeaux known as Léognan south of Bordeaux's city center. We had our tour and tasting with the vineyard manager. She was quite knowledgeable about the winery. We tasted the white wine and the red wine. To our delightful surprise, the 2012 white wine was absolutely delicious. She also tasted us a different...

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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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  • 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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  • Walking

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Rue Sainte Catherine (often referred to informally as “Rue Sainte Cath”) has been car-free since 1977 and is now one of the most popular shopping streets in Bordeaux, with over 230 shops, stores and restaurants. The street connects two major squares, Place de la Victoire in the south and Place de la Comédie in the north, over a distance of 1145...

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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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  • Musee d'Aquitaine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Museum of Aquitaine is a large museum of the history, culture and ethnography of the Aquitaine region, which includes the department of the Gironde and the city of Bordeaux. Second photo: After exhibits on the pre-history of the region, the museum has a large section on Bordeaux in the Gallo-Roman period and the Aquitaine as a Romanized...

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  • Pont de Pierre

    4.5 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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  • Palais Rohan

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The Palais Rohan, which is now the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville), was built between 1771 and 1784 as the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux, Ferdinand-Maximilien Mériadec de Rohan. He only had a few years in it, however, because soon the French Revolution broke out and the building was confiscated. From 1800 the Palais Rohan was used by the regional...

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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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  • La Grosse Cloche- The Big Clock

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    This is said to be one of the oldest belfries in France, a remnant of the ancient city walls dating from the 13th century. This “Great Bell” was cast in 1775 and weighs 7750 kilograms. It is rung six times a year at 11:00 a.m., on these days: • January 1 (New Year’s Day) • May 1 (Labor Day/May Day) • May 8 (Victory in Europe Day, end of the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Place Gambetta

    3.5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Lescar Was Once the Population Center...

    Before the 12C Lescar was an important Cathedral center. It was only in about 1300, that Gaston Febus having taken over Bearn, decided that Pau shound be built up as head city. Slowly the importance of Lescar disappeared but the ancient church still stand s and is of interest for its age and its structure. Inside it there is a rare example of a...

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  • From Jaca Spain via the Col du Somport...

    The first city in France that we encountered as we headed north from the border was Oloron-Ste-Marie. We stayed near by. This provided us with the chance an early 12C church that had been used as a stop on the way to Compostela. At the time of its building this was the main town of Bearn. The church was started in 1102 by Gaston IV who was one of...

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  • Tarbes Is a Good Rest Stop

    If you are traveling through Tarbes and wish to have a short stop, you will find a fine park in the northern part of the city called the Jardin Massey. Within it, they have reconstructed a cloister originally in St.-Sever-de-Rustan whose church still stands some 20km northeast of town which has a pond full of various ducks and peacocks. Also one...

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  • Start At Bordeaux

    Bordeaux is the fifth most populous French city and the second largest. It has an active intellectual life with a Grand Theater, site of all sorts of performing activities and a Museum of Fine Arts. There are interesting buildings and open spaces. The famous vineyards are nearby. We used it as a starting point for a car tour of the regions.

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  • In Perigueux Stop at St.-Front Cathedral

    Perigueux (pop. 29.6K) has one of the few cathedrals utilizing a Greek Cross plan to dome vault its interior. This occurred in the 12C. In the 19C Paul Abadie remodeled the cathedral while adding thin minaret-like towers. This inspired him a little later to create Sacre-Coeur atop Montmartre in Paris which echoes this building

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  • Brantome Is Worth A Short Stop

    The town of Brantome (pop. 2.1K) should be visited for its abbey church and buildings beautifully site on a bank alongside the Dronne river ina most colorful setting. There are also good restaurants, if you are there at noontime.

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  • Linger in Perigord at the Dordogne River...

    The most picturesque part of the Dordogne River and its valley lies in Aquitaine in the Department of Dordogne which is called the Perigord. North of the river it is the Perigord Blanc with the river and valley of the Vezere. This equally beautiful area joins the Dordogne below Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. South of the river is the Perigord Blanc with its...

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  • Sarlat-la-Caneda: See It & the Perigord...

    Sarlat (pop. 10K) is an ample old city in which to wander away a whole day. It is a popular stop because of the ample accommodations and the many restaurants and the delicacies in the local fare (think foie gras, duck,goose,truffles). Within a few miles (10-30 km) are access to the best part of the Dordogne by your own energy (canoe, kayak) or a...

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  • Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac Is Where Prehistoric...

    Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac (pop. 800) on the Vezere, is the hub around which the prehistoric sites are scattered, the most distant being Montignac, also on the Vezere (about 20 km North) near which Lascaux 2 is sited. Eyzies is only 20 km from Sarlat as well and thus all are easily reached by car. Access to the river and the nearby Dordogne is popular via...

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  • A Bastide Town with a View

    Domme (pop. 1K) is also an Aquitaine bastide town, It is further north than the others and is perched on a cliff. From here there is perhaps the best panorama of the Dordogne and its valley (and for us , we found much more).

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  • Visit Some Bastide Towns

    You can only visit the bastides by car. We did it as a day-trip from Gramat , but other bases may be better. The bastides most easily visited as a group are in eastern Aquitaine, SE of Bergerac.(department Lot and Garonne). We visited 5 towns, most foremost and first Monpazier, the prototype bastide. We followed with Beaumont-du-Perigord,...

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  • Toulouse-Lautrec's grave

    Henri Toulouse-Lautrec is buried in the little village of Verdelais. It is a very picturesque village and also a village which attracts a few pilgrims every year. Though i'm not really sure why since they don't come for the famous painter. There was a service going on in the church when we got there. We didn't have a lot of time so we did visit the...

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