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Lying on the banks of the Garonne River in south-west France, Bordeaux is renowned for its beautiful architecture and vast array of wines. In addition, culture, art and high-culture are at the forefront of the city’s attractions which is often referred to as the ‘Little Paris’. This is despite the fact that, in terms of landmass, Bordeaux is France’s largest city, and one of the biggest in Europe, only adding to the sense of rivalry felt towards the capital.
Despite being a famous university city since the 13th century when it was opened by Pope Eugene IV, for a long time Bordeaux was known as La Belle Au Bois Dormant, or the Sleeping Beauty. It’s still beautiful now, but has undergone major infrastructural reform over the past decade or so - its old buildings renovated and city centre hot-spots made pedestrian-only areas - and is now one of country’s most popular tourist spots.