THERE ARE FEW THINGS AS QUINTESSENTIALLY FRENCH AS CYCLING THROUGH THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE.
Enjoy biking along stunning vineyards and scenic landscapes and perhaps seeing grand estates. The views are particularly wonderful to savor when biking through the Bordeaux wine country.
What Will You See?
There’s so much more to see in Bordeaux than the incredible wines. There are numerous monuments and landmarks to enjoy, such as the lovely Place du Parlement with its richly decorated façade. The square was created in 1790 and it has been listed as a historical monument since 1952. On a guided bike tour, you’ll also see the more modern Tribunal de Grande Instance and the Grosse Cloche, one of the oldest belfries in France. First cast in 1775, it rings once a month (first Sunday at noon) and for six special occasions during the year (such as Bastille Day and Christmas).
The striking Grand Theater of Bordeaux is a neoclassical masterpiece and some may consider it to be among the most beautiful landmarks in Bordeaux. It has Corinthian columns and 12 statues depicting the nine art muses (music, astronomy, epic poetry, dance, tragedy, comedy, rhetoric, lyric poetry, and history) and three Roman goddesses. Today, it is home to operas, musicals, and theater.
One Of Bordeaux’s Most Iconic Landmarks
Of course, one of the most striking features is the “Mirror des Quais” or The Quay Mirror. A recent addition, Jean-Max Llorca built this so-called ‘mirror’ in 2006. It is the world’s largest reflecting pool and a popular spot for both kids and adults to play during the summer.
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