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ABOVE: A passenger exercises on the Regatta's jogging track with the Place de la Bourse in the background.

Bordeaux shore excursions

Continued from: Port of Bordeaux

Bordeaux is hard to beat as a port of call: The city's sights begin at the bottom of the gangway, there's plenty of shopping within walking distance, and hundreds of restaurants offer local specialties such as meats grilled over vine twigs, oysters from the Bassin d'Archachon, and the street food known to American tourists as frites de la liberté.

During the Regatta's two-day visit, I spent my first day just walking around the city. On the second day, I joined a half-day excursion into the countryside, where we had an opportunity to sample two outstanding grand cru Bordeaux wines at Château Kirwan before touring an underground church and other sights in the pretty town of Saint-Emilion. Later, in the afternoon, I walked along the quay to the Croiseur Colbert, a French naval cruiser that has been turned into a museum ship.

Like most cruise ships visiting Bordeaux, the Regatta offered several tour options. In addition to the Saint-Emilion tour, the Regatta's excursions included bus and walking tours of Bordeaux and a oenophile's trip to the vineyards of Médoc and Château Mouton Rothschild.

Note: In fall of 2003, much of Bordeaux was torn up for construction of a massive new tram network. Bordeaux is using the latest technology for its transit system, with no overhead wires in the city center. Tracks are set in paving stones downtown and on parklike grass rights of way in outlying areas. The new tram network will soon make Bordeaux even more convenient for cruise passengers and other tourists.

For more information on Bordeaux, see:

Bordeaux Tourism

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