Bordeaux is demonstrating a prodigious dynamism, and continuing its transformation that began with the regeneration of its quaysides and its gorgeous 18C historical centre being made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. A walk around the "village" of Les Chartrons, with its many shops, or the Bassin à flot and Bassin de la Bastide on the other side of the Garonne, reveal a city that is at once chic and bohemian, peaceful and festive. Bordeaux is well deserving of its place in any list of must-see cities.
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