"Delight your tastebuds in the land of Medoc..." France Things to Do Tip by DanielF

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  • Delight your tastebuds in the land of Medoc... - France

...Saint-Emilion, Pomerol, Lillet, Armagnac... you name it.

Aquitaine became one of the most influencial kingdoms in Medieval Europe. The current Région d'Aquitaine covers only a portion of its extension in its heyday. It is, however, an extremely varied territory, which ranges from the high summits of the Pyrenees to the low lying South West Atlantic coast of France and includes the largest and most prestigious vignoble in France, the Bordelais, Western Europe's highest sand dunes in the Arcachon basin, endless pine forests in the Landes and even a portion of the attractive Dordogne valley.

Culturally, Aquitaine is also particularly diverse, as it includes regions with very different backgrounds and languages or dialects, like the Basque Country, the Béarn or the Périgord. The regional capital, Bordeaux, remains one of France's most pleasant cities, while Biarritz was one of the pioneering European resorts back in the years of the Belle Époque, a period from which it has retained a truly cosmopolitan flair.

Beyond the cultural and natural attractions of the Région d'Aquitaine, a trip in this corner of France is always particularly rewarding for the excellence of the products used in the local cuisine, matching extraordinarily well with the most prestigious Bordeaux red and Sauternes white wines. Oysters from Arcachon, truffles from the Périgord, confit, foie-gras and other duck products from the Landes induce extraordinary gustatory perceptions that need to be tried at least once in a lifetime.

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  • Updated Nov 7, 2007
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