Bordeaux

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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.

PHOTO THIERRY DAVID

In­side the Opéra Na­tional of Bordeaux de­signed by Vic­tor Louis in 1773.

PHOTO LAU­RENT THEILLET

The Grand Théâtre.

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