Come to colourful Bordeaux
Bordeaux: the very name conjures up claret hues. Come to world-famous vineyards to appreciate the fine details, from Médoc to Saint-Émilion.
Wine-tasting calls on your sense of vision and smell, with taste only coming in third. White wines also get a look-in, starting with Sauternes. Its blonde robe recalls stone buildings bathed in the blazing sun for which the South-West of France is so famous.
You seek it out or hide from it, depending on the season. Sun-seekers will love the many city squares lined with pavement cafés. Those who fly in will be amazed to see the meandering ochre river bordering on yellow, reminiscent of greater waterways in Africa. Both the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers mingle with the tide that mounts the Gironde estuary.
The blue of the Atlantic ocean adds a final touch, barely an hour from the city centre.