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Weekend Breaks to Bordeaux

Planning a short break to Bordeaux? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Bordeaux. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Bordeaux. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Zoo de Bordeaux Pessac

3 chemin du Transvaal, in the southern suburb of Pessac. The zoo covers 5 hectares and is home to around 400 animals from 110 different species.

Some of the zoos most popular animals are from Africa and Asia, including lions and giraffes; and a species of wolf with a mane. The zoo has many free attractions on offer, including water tobogganing and a riding school forchildren.

The zoo is open October to March everyday from 10h00 - 18h00; and April to September everyday from 10h00 - 19h00. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Mercure Chateau Chartrons

81 cours St-Louis. This hotel is one of the best in Bordeaux and rises four stories. It is located near the landmark Tourny and was opened in 1991. The hotel is decorated with memorabilia of the wine trade and is a fascinating place to stay. the hotel has a range of facilities, including a restaurant; a bar; room service; and laundry services. The rooms are all spacious and stylish, with a minibar; TV; telephone; hair dryer; and a full bathroom.

For more information visit the hotel's website:

Rue Ste-Catherine

Cours de l'Intendance jusqu'au Place de la Victoire. This kilometre long, pedestrianized street is the busiest shopping street in Bordeaux. During Roman times it was a major road, and today it links the Grand Theatre to the Place de la Victoire. The street has had the same name since the 18th century. There are many shops lining the whole street, selling a wide range of goods including arts and crafts; fashion; gifts; antiques; and more, you name it Rue Ste-Catherine has got it.

Grand Theatre

2 place de la Comedie. This is one of the most beautiful 18th century buildings in Europe, and was built by Victor Louis between 1773 and 1780. There are many well known opera; ballet; and orchestra companies that perform here, including the National Orchestra of Bordeaux Aquitaine. The Grand Cafe is there to offer spectators and visitors some coffee or lunch. There are one hour tours available at a cost of $5.60.

For further information call the Bordeaux tourist office: (33) 5 56 00 66 00

Aquarium musee d'Arcachon

2 rue du Professeur-Jolyet, just out of Bordeaux in Arcachon. The museum here exhibits all aspects, zoological; palaeontological; geological; archaeological; and historical, of life under the sea. The aquarium displays the most extraordinary specimens of local sea animals, including molluscs; crustaceans; fish from the sandy beds; and green turtles. This is a great place to take the children on an adventurous discovery of life under the sea, past and present. The museum aquarium is open everyday from 10h00 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 19h00. Admission is $6.25 for adults and $3 for children.

La Tupina

6 rue de la Porte de la Monnaie. This cozy and popular restaurant is run by one of Bordeaux' most talented chefs, Jean-Pierre Xiradakis. They serve a wide range of excellent Traditional French dishes, specializing in duck. Some of the house specialities are roasted shoulder of lamb with white beans; lamprey eel a la Bordelaise; and steaks grilled and barbecued at the table. The restaurant is open everyday from 12h00 - 14h00 and 19h00 - 23h00. Reservations are recommended as the restaurant tends to get very busy.

Chateau de la Brede

Located just out of Bordeax in La Brede. This chateau was raised on 12th-century foundations, to be completely rebuilt in the early 14th century. It passed into the Montesquieu family in 1686 and three years later became the birthplace of Charles de Secondat, who was to beceme a future philosopher and Baron de La Brede and de Montesquieu. You can visit his living quarters as well as the chateau and its park. The chateau is open July to September Wednesday to Monday from 14h00 - 17h15; and April to June & October to November Saturday and Sunday from 14h00 - 17h15. Entrance is $6.20 for adults and $3 for children.

Jardin Public

The park runs along cours de Verdun, just north of the city centre. This beautifully lanscape garden is a great place to go if you need a break from the hectic pace of wine tasting. The park was established in 1755 and laid out in the English style a century later. It features the meticulously catalogued Jardin Botanique, founded in 1629 and at its present site since 1855. There are also many footpaths to follow, as well as areas to sit and relax, mabye even have a picnic with the family.

Carnaval de Bordeaux

In City Centre. The Carnaval de Bordeaux is one of the most popular events for children, even some grown ups that are young at heart. The Carnaval takes place during one weekend in March, when Bordeaux's city centre is filled with street processions; roller-bladers; drums; dance troops; and Monsieur Carnaval, a giant cardboard character.

There many other attractions all around the city centre, including face painting; food stalls; and live entertainment. The Carnaval is open all day for the entire weekend.

Cimetiere de la Chartreuse

180 rue Georges-Bonnac, in the city centre. This is one of the most famous cemetries in the world, Bordeaux's answer to Paris's famous Pere Lachaise cemetry.

There are many famous people buried here, including Goya; Lacour; Flora Tristan; and Gauguin's grandmother. There are also a large variety of monuments and offers a glimpse of nineteenth century sculpture.

The cemetry is open everyday from 08h00 - 17h00 in winter; and everyday from 08h30 - 17h30 in Summer. Admission is free.

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Market Place Colbert - Tourist Attraction

A busy, typically French market on the Place Colbert, overlooking the River Garonne and adjacent to the Cruiser Colbert. Held every Sunday morning. A must for the visitor wanting a taste of French life with a picturesque backdrop.


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