Citadel of Blaye
Vauban, the famous French enginneer, working for King Louis XIV in the 17th. Century, designed
and built the Blaye
Citadel as a fortress to protect Bordeaux city and the region from sea-borne attack by the
English. If you are visiting the Medoc region then while not so large, the twin fort,
Cussac Fort Medoc, is interesting as together they defended the Gironde estuary.
Bordeaux has its share of interesting architectural features. This tower (tour) on the
vineyard estate of Chateau Tour de By and is in fact a lighthouse constructed in 1825.
From the top of the tower can be had wonderful views over the Medoc vineyards and the Gironde estuary.
The region has numerous wine villages with seasonal festivities and fetes—worth obtaining a local
events calendar. Naturally every village has its church, cemetery and local monuments and the care
and concern that the French show to these structures of life is highly evident in Bordeaux where vast
sums of money have been spent bring them up to a pristine state. Worth a visit.
Food and Cuisine
Bordeaux is a great region for eating out in and you can find everything for working cafe
lunch to fine dinning and Haut cuisine with prices that range from 10 Euros to 200 Euro lunches.
While Bordeaux city has restaurants serving dishes from all round the world regional cuisine is
featured in a number of excellent restaurants.
St. Emilion would be every wine tourists "must visit" list just for its superb Bordeaux wines, however this golden
village is one of the most beautiful in France. Sat in a natural amphitheatre surrounded
by its famous vines, it is a place to spend and enjoyable day. The four main sites can only
be seen on tourist office guided tours so the office should be your first port of call.
Considered by fashion shoppers as being second only to Paris Bordeaux city has wide pedestrian boulevards flanked by shops ranging from cheap to out of sight expensive fashion-wear.
In the heart of the city can be found structures ranging from an ancient Roman amphitheatre to towers, fountains and civic buildings that reflect the grandeur and status the Bordeaux city has achieved over the centuries.