In the vineyards
‘Is that a river taxi?’ questioned friends visiting from London for the weekend. ‘Can’t be,’ I answered. ‘It’s February, there’s no way those things run year round.’
Luckily they ignored me, ran to find out, and five minutes before long we were crossing the river on a €1.40 ticket – one that can be used for all buses
When we disembarked, we walked in late winter sunshine along the newly renovated Bastide waterfront and finished up at the Darwin Centre, a recent addition to the city’s list of attractions, reclaimed from some abandoned warehouses to become a well loved work-eat-and-play space.
Bordeaux is having a huge year in 2015. Besides the new Darwin Centre, there is a Herzog & de Meuron-designed sports stadium opening in May, just after the inaugural nighttime-time marathon through the UNESCO World Heritage city centre, and continued redevelopment of the areas around both the railway station and the ancient docks.
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All of this helps clarify why the city has been named European Best Destination for 2015. Not ‘wine destination’, but ‘destination’ full-stop. The accolade should see the five million visitors that Bordeaux receives each year rise even further, leading
There are plenty of projects going on out in the vineyards also, with architect-designed cellars, composition festivals and a greater accent on harnessing the relationship between local food producers and wine.
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