As the home of Sports Pulsions, it is only appropriate that our first postcard comes from Bordeaux, a port city on the Garonne river in South-western France, renowned worldwide for its fine wines.
The Sights and Sounds of Bordeaux:
Stroll through the old town and banks of the river Garonne:
Situated on the Garonne river the old town of Bordeaux with its majestic 18th century buildings is bustling with life. Its large pedestrian only zones mean that the centre of town is a hub for restaurants and boutiques.
Le Marathon de Medoc:
This is a marathon unlike any other. This annual event will test your stamina and your palette and the winner is literally the last man/woman standing! Each year the competitions 8000 entrants run a route through Bordeaux’s vineyards. However, it is a route full of culinary obstacles. There are over 21 ‘drink stations’, where runners are given the choice of red or white, and a selection of foie gras and cheese along with other treats!
Visit the Bordeaux Region:
The Bordeaux wine region covers 113,000 hectares of vineyards with 57 appellations producing around 800 million bottle of wine a year. The region has been producing wine for the last 2000 years, so it is safe to say they know what they are doing!
The Bay of Archachon or known locally as “le Bassin” covers an area of 150km2 and is one of the breadbaskets of the French oyster harvest. Explore the small fishing villages or climb up Dune du Pyla, Europe’s largest sand dune.
Local Drink: Red Wine! Bordeaux is France’s largest wine growing region. Predominantly the region produces red wine, which is made from a blend of grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot).
Local Cuisine: Being close to the Atlantic Ocean Bordeaux has great fresh seafood. Most of France’s 130,000 tonne oyster annual oyster production comes from the Bay of Archachon just 50km from Bordeaux.
In a region with so much red wine it is only natural that meat dishes are also on the menu. Such as an ‘Entrecote a la Bordelaise’ (beef with red wine sauce).
The region also has its own desserts which you won’t be able to find in other parts of France. This is called the Canele a small French pastry with a soft custard centre and dark thick caramelized crust!