Bordeaux: where to visit

news  %tages Bordeaux: where to visitIt’s Europe’s place to be in 2015, according to Bordeaux resident 
Jane Anson, who picks out the best places to go in the city, by the river and in the vineyards. The Garonne river runs through Bordeaux, with the two banks joined by the Pont de PierreWe made it to the Garonne quayside just as a small boat was drawing up at one of the new floating piers, place in place to encourage the further reclamation of the city’s waterfront, for centuries past the starting point of its route to the world.
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Bordeaux city
The river
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 http://1000-facts-about-wine.com and trams around Bordeaux – over to Place Stalingrad in the Bordeaux Bastide district, opposite the more celebrated quays of Chartrons and Place de la Bourse.
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.

See also: Seven UNSECO World Heritage sites to visit

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 http://1000-facts-about-wine.com up to an expected boom in 2017 when a high-speed rail link makes the city a two-hour train ride from Paris. There are even murmurs of a Eurostar benefit direct from London to Bordeaux once the quick train is up and running.
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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