BORDEAUX BOASTS EVEN MORE IMPECCABLY-PRESERVED 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY BUILDINGS THAN ITS ATLANTIC SISTER, NANTES. Its elegant squares and avenues were also financed by the triangular trade between Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
In the second half of the 19th Century, Bordeaux entered a new phase in maritime trade. Sea clippers built here journeyed to new colonies and trading territories in South America, sub-saharan Africa, and parts of the Far East. Over a century later, Bordeaux is still re-inventing itself economically and culturally, and becoming even more outward looking. Whether you’re perusing the eclectic menu at one of its neo-bistrots or discovering the history of world wines at the Cité du Vin, you’re know you’re in a city which celebrates the global.
In the past, the three Atlantic Sisters exploited international trading networks and adapted to the fickle economic zeitgeist. Today they have been reborn in the popular imagination as dynamic cultural centres whose cityscapes are an alluring mix of old-world grandiosity and the shock of the new.
Inside the Opéra National of Bordeaux designed by Victor Louis in 1773.
The Grand Théâtre.