Wendy from Pineapple Events shares her experience from a trip to Bordeaux, France recently.
With direct flights from Liverpool to Bordeaux, it was easy to get there. Although the airport in Bordeaux is under a big reconstruction but I’m sure it will be fine by the time you get there….
There is an easy ride with the airport bus into the city centre – it’s a fair way 30/40 mins so taxi is a bit on the pricey side.
I got to stay at the iconic Grand Hotel Intercontinental ( on IHG points!) – the hotel is in the best location in the city- in the central square and opposite the Opera House and close to the huge river that runs through the city
It was still early morning – too early to check-in but I stowed by bags and took off on foot exploring, which I find is the best way to get to know a new destination. Famished, I headed to the Sunday market along the riverside for a delicious breakfast of sauted duck livers and potatoes! (France is my second home after all)
I later returned to The Grand and the nice surprise of an upgrade to a suite overlooking the Square – And it was Bastille Day! Lots of strange but pleasant singing and dancing all day and night (from the locals not me)
I couldn’t stretch to the Gordon Ramsay place in the hotel but made my way up to the exceptional Roof top bar for live music, exceptional views over the city with a stunning sunset and a couple of Negronis.
Watched the Bastille fireworks down at the river – which was great until the barge they were using for them caught fire… the locals weren’t impressed.
In the morning I enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel – and I have to say that all the staff I met were great.
There is also a beautiful Guerlain Spa as well as the excellent Meeting Space at The Grand takes up to 250 theatre
Next day I’d booked a tour to St Emilion – the town and a couple of vineyard Chateaux with tastings at each through ‘Bordovino’ Tours, who were great – a smart minibus/ 7 of us. Allow about an hour transfer from Bordeaux (departs right across the road from The Grand) Cost around £80.
A lovely young girl was our guide, impeccable English and obviously top of her class at Wine School.
The vineyard CHATEAU SOUTARD was very impressive with a beautiful event room.