The Daily Telegraph recently published an article ‘Why Bordeaux is France’s greatest city’‚ which made very encouraging reading for someone who has ALWAYS been convinced of the considerable merits of this great place and wondered why it has been underrated. The Telegraph article divided its praise in equal measure for the architecture (the city has just undergone the most spectacular urban re-development particularly around the river)‚ the art (the Musée des Beaux Arts is one of the finest in France)‚ the ease of access (it is now less than six hours by train from London)‚ the food and wine (no surprise there‚ then) and the fact that the Queen likes it (well‚ it was in the Telegraph).
We are delighted to announce a six-day visit to Bordeaux. Our hotel will be the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre perfectly located in a 19th- century townhouse in the heart of the city. During our stay, we shall explore the handsome 16th-century quarter, not forgetting its magnificent medieval cathedral as well as other churches and monasteries. We shall explore the grand riverside promenades and enjoy the elegant avenues and mansions of the 19th-century rebuilding.
Other highlights of our stay include the magnificent new City of Wine‚ possibly the finest museum of wine in the world and a concert in the Grand Theatre by Sir Bryn Terfel‚ a fascinating event in which the great bass-baritone will be singing songs by among others Jacques Ibert and Benjamin Britten (don’t forget that Bryn won the Song Prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World).
We shall take two half-day excursions – out to the stunning coastal resort of Cap Ferret (where the wine-growers of the Médoc go to eat Moules Frites‚ not obligatory) and to the legendary wine town of St Emilion where we shall obviously visit a vineyard.