Bordeaux River Festival 24th May – 2nd June 2013

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May 2013

Bordeaux, the acknowledged capital of great wines and fine cuisine in south-west France, is a great destination to escape for a city break. A UNESCO World Heritage city, visitors will be enchanted by the quaint, narrow streets and unique architecture in the old quarter. The riverfront, revitalised relatively recently as part of its urban development scheme, is also a delight to stroll along with its pedestrian friendly, tree-lined promenades and old warehouses converted into shops and restaurants. The riverfront is definitely a Bordeaux highlight, with twenty cruise ships a year sailing all the way up the river to dock right near the city centre.

From 24th May – 2nd June, the city will be the setting for the Bordeaux River Festivalwhich alternates years with the Bordeaux Wine Festival. The Garonne river becomes the focal point of the various festivities, so well worth a stroll around the quays to experience the atmosphere, with bands, street entertainers, food and wine stalls, dance lessons, open air film screenings and a swimming race from one side of the river to the other –Bordeaux fête le Fleuve  (“Bordeaux celebrates the river”) is a major celebration in this city!

This year Bordeaux will also be hosting the starting point of the prestigious single-handed yacht race, the “Solitaire du Figaro” within the setting of the “Bordeaux River Festival”. The move to choose Bordeaux as the start of the 44th yacht race was the organizer’s response to the Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppe’s effort to encourage events around the Garonne River, as an effort to celebrate Bordeaux and its former glory as a port. There will be very much a nautical bias to the festivities this year, including over a kilometre of exhibits focused on the sailing and boat building industry, and visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the Solitaire du Figaro village and meet the skippers, organizers, sponsors, and firms involved in the race.

Where to stay in Bordeaux…

Rue Charles Monselet

A beautiful, traditional 19th century ‘hotel particulier’, Rue Charles Monselet is located in the historic Saint Seurin area in the heart of Bordeaux, a short walk (less than 10 minutes) from the city centre. With four bedrooms (and sleeping 8 – 12 people), the accommodation is on three floors; a ground floor with high moulded ceilings and luxurious proportions, plus two further floors, including a basement recently renovated in a modern style, with a ‘bar room’, equipped with a traditional French brasserie counter, a projector and a wide screen home cinema. The house also has a large terrace with an outdoor seating and dining area.


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