Place de la Bourse. The new fountain Miroir d’Eau, Water Mirror, making reflections. People playing in the mist fog. Bordeaux city, Aquitaine, Gironde, France

The Bordeaux “Primeurs” Circus Part 1 has just ended. There is no doubt that the recent vintage was excellent. The big question mark, though, is The Primeurs Circus Part 2: what will happen with sales and prices once it is “released”.

Bordeaux city stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Bordeaux, the city, is the capital of Bordeaux, the wine region, and of the Gironde district. It has a bit over one million in population. It is a magnificent travel destination, partially of course since it is the center of the wine country and a good base camp for visiting vineyards. But it is certainly a city that one should take a day or two to visit in itself.

It is beautifully situated on the Garonne river, flowing out to the Gironde. The whole key-side, river front, is a spectacular architectural ensemble: the Place de la Bourse with it’s unique fountain Le Miroir d’Eau, the Porte de Bourgogne, the Pont de Pierre bridge, Porte Cailhau etc etc. And one should not forget the old wine trader quarters, the stretch that is called Quai des Chartrons wich is now transforming into a fashionable residential area. Each Sunday there is a charming marché, farmers market, where one can browse for food, or perhaps have an early lunch on local oysters and white Bordeaux wine.

The Grand Theatre, which is also called the opera, is an architectural master piece, the best view is when you arrive on the Cours de l’Intendent lined with luxury shops. The old town has some winding streets almost medieval in character (were it not for all the tourists). The Catehdral Saint Andre on the Place Pey Berland. And much more. The historic part of the city is now on the UNESCO list of World Heritage.

There are many restaurants to satisfy your hunger, from the simple bistro to the gastronomic palaces – but curiously, until recently, it has been very difficult to find a good wine bar. If you want to go shopping for wine you will easily find some good wine shops. but it is perhaps more fun to go directly to the vineyards and the wineries to do you shopping for wine!

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Bordeaux City stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

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