Le Miroir d'eau, Bordeaux
Le Miroir d'eau

Port of the Moon

“Port of the Moon” is a popular name given to the city, owing to the crescent shape bend of the Garonne river…

Bordeaux – a cosmopolitan city and a distinguished brand that conjure up images of illustrious vineyard chateaux with names as complex as their world-renowned wines. Situated by the Garonne river in the Aquitaine region, Bordeaux is the undisputed capital city of the wine world and the heart of a region with wine-making traditions that go back to Roman times. The production and export of wine as well as Bordeaux having been an important centre for exchange of cultural and human values for centuries – in particular during the so-called Age of Enlightenment – continue to provide vitality, growth and prosperity for the city and the region.

The wine trade took a great leap forward in the late 12th century when Bordeaux and the Saint-Emilion jurisdiction came under English rule, following the marriage of Henry II to Eleanor of Aquitaine. The English dominion of this part of France lasted for three hundred years. From the early 18th century onward the city saw a massive transformation of its urban plans with large scale constructions of important buildings in the centre and along the banks of the river, a development that continued until the middle of the 20th century, and which apparently also inspired the redevelopment of Paris.

The city used to be nick-named “Sleeping Beauty”, referring to its facades having turned black due to pollution. Today most of Bordeaux looks golden white and quite stunning, the highlights being the stately Place de la Bourse and the Grand Théâtre on Place de la Comédie…


Place Saint-Michel


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