The Freebird Times - Issue 3



Beautiful Bordeaux

Moira Allan, positive ageing advocate,

explorer, writer and speaker supposedly

moved to France for just two years.

Several decades later she’s still there!

Here she shares some of the delights of

Southwest France, one of her favourite

regions. Moira’s complete Southwest

France travelogue is on our website

and aluminum inaugurated in 2016, in honour of

the wines of the world. The eighth story belvedere

offers an unparalleled 360-degree panoramic view of

the city, the river and way beyond to the vineyards.

From Bordeaux, move onto Saint Emilion, also

a UNESCO world heritage site, steeped in 2000

years’ history between man and the grape. The

climb to the top of the main square will reward you

with a magnificent panoramic view of the region

stretching all the way to Castillon La Bataille, your

next stop 13 km further east.

Cité du Vin

Bordeaux is a good place to start

discovering the southwest. The river capital

is France’s 9th largest city. Founded in

300 BCE by the Celts it sprawls along the

banks of the majestic Garonne as it swoops

through the city, and clearly manifests its

merit in earning UNESCO World Heritage

Site status for its centuries old Port of the

Moon, the old Bordeaux, a hub for the

wine industry since time immemorial.

Segway, cycle or stroll through the

Esplanade des Quinconces, Europe’s

largest square, and admire the neoclassical

architecture. You will enjoy your selfguided

tour of the Cité du Vin – it’s a flair

of a building swirling up on the banks of the

Garonne, a contemporary monument in glass

Being inducted into the Ordre des Vins de Castillon is a

serious business and requires a signed commitment to honor the

traditional values.


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