Luxury Travel around Europe

Ever so often it’s important to pamper one’s self. This mightn’t always be the cheapest option but it’s important for both body and soul to take some time out from the humdrum and sample a life that’s a little less ordinary.

Dreaming

One of the more interesting ways to explore mainland Europe is to investigate one of the many luxury cruises that currently proliferate the internet. Anyone who enjoys the finer things in life, good wine, excellent food and all enjoyed against a backdrop of some of Europe’s most visually attractive cities will be able to track down a holiday that will provide all of these wonderful amenities.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Situated close to the Atlantic West coast of France, Bordeaux isn’t always on the top of most travellers’ agendas. This is probably a compelling reason to visit this beautiful and gracious city. Another excellent reason for exploring Bordeaux is that the centre of this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which denotes that luxury, style and beauty. The city is also the capital of the wine-growing region and any visitors to Bordeaux have to sample at least a few of these, try the Max Bordeaux which offers its visitors a fantastic selection from over 48 different vineyards. With some wines costing up to 1,000 euros, namely Chateaux Lafitte Rothschild to a more modestly priced Fleur de Bouard at 18.90 Euros you really will be spoiled for choice and you’ll also be invited to taste the wines before purchase.

Bordeaux Weinreben

Architecture 

The city gained its UNESCO status as a result of its pristine 18th century architecture. With wide boulevards lined with shops, delicatessens and numerous first rate restaurants, the city is something of a treasure chest. The Grande Theatre in the Grands Hommes Quarter was only completed in 1780 and if you feel like stretching your legs as a result of your cruise then a stroll around this part of the city will refresh you. Anyone who revels in stunning architecture should explore the Bordeaux Quays, overlooking the river Garonne. Here you’ll find the impressive Place Royal, a building that epitomises luxury. The building was finally opened in 1765 and its influence can be seen in the design of the other buildings along the Quay.

Pero's Bridge

Food

The French have elevated food to a semi-religious status and you cannot leave this city without having a meal. ‘Bourd et Millet in the Grands Hommes area specialises in cheese and wine, if you’re visiting the city on a Saturday then drop by the restaurant and take part in its weekly party, you’ll be spoiled for choice. If you want to experience a traditional French meal then within the portals of the Grand Hotel de Bordeaux you’ll find Le Bordeaux. This is a showcase of traditional French cuisine, from poached turbot to fillet of beef with bone marrow; this is the true place to revel in the luxury of the ‘Belle Époque.’ The hotel has been in existence since 1883 and never fails to please its many patrons. Bon appetit!

By Celina Bledowska, bon viveur and writer





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