It’s impossible to mention the name Bordeaux without thoughts of ruby red wine, so charge your glass and drink deep of the region's many charms. This lovely city on the lower Atlantic coast is a Neo-Classical beauty with pedestrianized boulevards, gorgeous architecture and a boisterous university population ensuring a lively mix of bars and cafes.
Start the day with a stroll along Bordeaux’s pedestrianized shopping strip, Ste-Catherine, for window shopping at chic boutiques and breakfast in a sidewalk cafe. Then choose from art, history and culture at the city’s museums, perhaps 17th century paintings at the Beaux-Arts Museum, housed in the 1770s town hall. For a primer on French taste, view exquisite gilt, porcelain and furnishings at the Museum of Decorative Arts. As the afternoon lengthens, take a stroll in Bordeaux's English-style gardens before choosing a classic French brasserie for Atlantic oysters and duck confit.