SPRING '19 BLOCK I - BORDEAUX
We are thrilled to invite you to our study tour to Bordeaux! The capital of the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France, Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River. With a population of 243,626, but over 1 million if one includes its metropolitan area, Bordeaux ranks as the fifth largest city in France after Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Lille. Its residents are called “Bordelais” (for men) or “Bordelaises” (for women). The term “Bordelais” may also refer to the city and its surrounding region. Bordeaux is the world’s major wine industry capital. It is home to the world’s main wine fair, Vinexpo, and the wine economy in the metro area brings in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. More recently, the city’s 18th-century district was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its status as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble.” Indeed, with the exception of Paris, Bordeaux is the city with the highest number of protected buildings in France. This study tour will introduce you to a place that is high in historical significance, generous in culinary and oenological pleasures, and thoroughly enjoyable to walk. We have no doubt that you will want to learn and experience more of Bordeaux, and that these few days will enhance your academic experience here in France with CIEE!
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Inaugurated in 2003, Bordeaux’s botanical garden deeply renewed the “genre” through its thematic organization. Its highlights include a gallery of ecological ‘milieux’ and 11 islands representing different natural landscapes of Aquitaine; a vertical garden; an aquatic garden; and a large section devoted to ethnobotany. The garden, designed by landscape artist Catherine Mosbach, has received numerous awards since its opening.