A new bridge is to open (18 March 2013) in Bordeaux in Spring 2013. The Pont Chaban Delmas is a lifting bridge – i.e. the central section lifts to allow shipping to pass underneath(un pont levant)
With a capacity of 43,000 vehicles a day this should ease traffic on the existing Pont d’Aquitaine (E5/A630) which
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The Médoc Marathon (Marathon du Médoc) takes place on 7 September 2013.
An opportunity to run a marathon amongst some of the most famous vineyards in the world! With lots of money raised for charity and many chateaux putting in teams, some in fancy dress, this promises to be a fun day (unless you are
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Salt cod Festival
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This summer (June 2011) Eastern Airways launches a 3 x weekly service to Dijon, Burgundy. The airline uses Southampton as a UK hub with flights from Liverpool, Leeds/Bradford, Aberdeen and elsewhere. The alternative route to Dijon would be to fly to Lyon (200km south)
Dijon is in the heart of Burgundy and its famous vineyards
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Bordeaux (33 Gironde, Aquitaine) holds its Carnaval des 2 rives (2 river banks) each year with the climax being on the last day (4 March 2012) with a grand procession. For 2011 the theme is the Outre-mers (overseas) – i.e the French overseas territories, featuring tumblers, burning effigies, big drums (Gwoka), clay men, red devils
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Bordeaux (33 Gironde, Aquitaine) opens its Christmas Market on 23 November 2012 running through until 30 December 2012 – Allées de Tourny
The Christmas village of wooden chalets includes more than 100 small boutiques with artisans and products from throughout the region of Aquitaine. Local specialties include chocolate from Bayonne, armagnac, pear and prune spirits,
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The French Government has announced plans to extend the high speed train network beyond Bordeaux to connect to Agen, Toulouse and another line to Bayonne, Biarritz and the Spanish Border. This is in addition to a new line from Bordeaux north to Tours and the Loire Valley. However don’t get too excited just yet –
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Brittany Ferries will add Portsmouth-Bilbao to is list of ferry routes from 27 March 2011 – The twice weekly service will be in addition to the existing ferry services to Santander from Portsmouth and Plymouth and will be operated by mv Cap Finistère.
Although the destinations are on Spain’s north east coast they do offer
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A great opportunity to discover more about the biggest wine region in France and its wines is on offer with the 2010 Bordeaux Wine Festival
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Another link in the French autoroute network will connect Bordeaux and Pau when the A65 opens in early 2011.
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