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Bordeaux Travel Guide: 592 reviews and 1,761 photos

Arriving in Bordeaux

We came to Bordeaux as the first leg of a trip that would take us to the Dordogne and then north to Paris. When we arrived in Paris (Orly). it was a day of “sympathy strike (greve)” for some group of transportation workers and all flights inside of France were canceled! Further inquiry disclosed that the TGV was operating. We grabbed our bags and hailed a cab to the Gare de Lyon and entrained for Bordeaux in rapid comfort, snoozing all the way. We actually arrived 2 hours sooner than our planned flight connection (and after our flight refund, several dollars cheaper). To slow us down, we ate lunch at the Gare. Jet lag took over as we reached the hotel.

A City to Enjoy

Bordeaux is the eighth most populous city (and second in area) of France. It is a lively industrial city with a large pedestrianized central “old” central shopping area. In good times its economy is amplified by the wine trade. There are large numbers of fine 18C buildings in the center and it has a wide and deep port on the Garonne river. It is working hard to keep its center from over-congestion. It was pleasant to walk through the city well into the evening. There was a Music Festivalin progress and we were able to get balcony tickets to a Viola and Piano recital in the Grand Theatre (See Tip picture inclusions beyond the lead one).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:We were busy for two days
  • Cons:You could overshop here
  • In a nutshell:A fine, large and very French city
  • Last visit to Bordeaux: Jun 1994
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • lomi's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    am considering a trip to Bordeaux soon, thanks for the great tips

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Good info and pics on Bordeaux. I was recently there for two days and it was not near enough time to enjoy the city. Karl

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2011 at 6:59 AM

    interesting tips of St Michel and St Andre

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    I adore such architecture... Thanks for your virtual tour! ><><><

  • lorgnierl's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    come back, Bordeaus changed and now is unesco patrimoine !!!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    I must admit I know more about the Bordeaux wines than the monuments of the town. Good reviews as usual.


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