BORDEAUX, Nou­velle Aquitaine

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The last 20 years have seen Bordeaux trans­formed: its Unescol­isted ar­chi­tec­ture has been scrubbed clean of pol­lu­tion and a wel­com­ing prom­e­nade has opened along its wa­ter­front. 2016 saw the ar­rival of the strik­ing Cité du Vin, a state-of-the-art wine mu­seum set in a glass build­ing shaped like the swirl that wine makes in a glass as it’s poured.

For those who pre­fer the city’s more an­cient trea­sures, the nearby Chartrons dis­trict is home to sev­eral bro­cante and home­ware shops. Most are cen­tred along Rue Notre Dame, where you’ll find ev­ery­thing from el­e­gant stat­ues in chic an­tiques bou­tiques to glass jew­ellery in more rus­tic shops. Mean­while, south of the city’s main at­trac­tions, Les Puces de Saint Michel is a flea mar­ket that takes place each Tues­day, Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sun­day morn­ing. A vi­brant event, you’ll find all sorts here be­tween the stalls and the per­ma­nent shops that in­habit the 18th-cen­tury man­sions that sur­round the square. Stay at Le Saint James, a lux­ury ho­tel perched high above the city with breath­tak­ing views. Dou­ble rooms from

195 (sain­t­james-bou­liac.com). bordeaux-tourisme.com

The charm­ing Chartrons dis­trict lit up at night. It’s an at­trac­tive place to wan­der both for its ar­chi­tec­ture and quay­side views and also wealth of home­ware shops and bro­cantes. BE­LOW The el­e­gant Rue Saint-James and mes­meris­ing Cité du Vin wine mu­seum.

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