The Quaint Escape: 12 Small Cities To Visit.
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Bordeaux, France – Calling all bon vivants: from food to culture, shopping and, obviously, wine, Bordeaux is a heavyweight in the best kinds of hedonism. You’ve got Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest shopping street in Europe. You’ve got an embarrassment of restaurants, cafés and bars serving French gastronomy and exuding joie de vivre. You’ve even got the world’s largest urban World Heritage Site, encompassing a wealth of historical monuments like the Grand-Théâtre opera house and the majestic Place de la Bourse. Ideally you would dedicate a few extra days to exploring the surrounding vineyards and wineries, but if time is of the essence, pay a visit to La Cité du Vin instead. The 2016-inaugurated museum and cultural centre is devoted entirely to wine: understanding it, appreciating it and, yes, tasting it.