This city of southwestern France is a small city with a worldwide reach, thanks to the wine business it has dominated since at least the 13th century, while grape cultivation goes back to the 8th century. Vinexpo, the largest wine fair on the planet, is held there each June.
Local wines with international fame include the First Growths of Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Margaux, Château Latour, Château Haut-Brion, Château Mouton-Rothschild.
How pretty is Bordeaux? When Napoleon III commissioned Baron Haussmann to spruce up the squalid streets of Paris, Haussmann looked to the grandly-scaled avenues and elegant buildings of Bordeaux as his inspiration. The city center shopping area is, to this day, a car-free zone.
Though there is no subway, the city offers a picturesque water taxi from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m., along the city's Garonne River.
With almost as many museums as Paris, local must-sees include:
Bordeaux Area Map, France:
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