Bordeaux has a population of over half a million, and has been an affluent town since Roman times. The eighteenth century centre is the main hub of the old town and lies along the western side of the River Garonne between the place de la Comedie to the north and the cathedral to the west.
North of the old town is the huge open square of the esplanade des Quinconces along with the Jardin Public with some ancient remains of Bordeaux's Roman history. Bordeaux is also a main regional transport centre for access to Paris and the south.
The Quai de la Douane (Customs House Quay) is worth a visit also. Please remember that when visiting the wineries they do get busy in August and September when harvesting.
Atlantic coast is the heart of the world famous Bordeaux wine region.
very rural and the picture postcard of agricultural France and timeless
small village life.
you can see the Notre-Dame-la-Grande church, St. John Baptistry and
the monumental square.
The fortified hilltop
town of Angouleme and Saintes is
also very lovely.
La Rochelle is arguably one of the loveliest seaside towns in France and a great haven for seafood lovers. North of La Rochelle is the Marais Poiteven, a marsh area which has canals and rivers (commonly known as La Venise Verte - the Green Venice). Marais Poiteven is now a national park and can be travelled through by rented punts.