No surprise that the French coined the phrase joie de vivre?
The French lifestyle is certainly enviable. We’re guessing here, but we think it might have something to do with the wine.
Further investigation requires an expedition into the heart of French wine country to obtain some vital data.
That’s the offer extended by today’s Big Deal, whisking you off to the beautifully-preserved city of Bordeaux for a three night stay in a chic self-catering apartment. It’s the ideal way to renew your acquaintance with La Belle France and keep the Auld Alliance intact.
Wine and dine
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you direct to Bordeaux with Ryanair or EasyJet from Glasgow International and includes hand luggage and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard double or twin room at the 3* ResidHotel Galerie Tatry.
Departure dates are as follows:
11th, 18th August
Outbound flights depart Glasgow at 15:00, arriving in Bordeaux at 18:20. Inbound flights depart at 18:50, arriving at 20:10.
Other airports, including Edinburgh Airport, and dates may be available subject to extra surcharge. Please enquire by calling directly.
The Galerie Tatry self-catering apartment complex has plenty of character, located in a converted wine warehouse. The apartments are just a ten minute tram ride from the old town centre, with a stop right outside the hotel.
Spacious, modern décor apartments are air-conditioned. They each feature a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge and a seating area with satellite TV.
There is free wifi in the reception area. The offer is room only, but if you don’t want to whisk up your own omelette, there is a contemporary dining area serving breakfast.
Bordeaux was named best European destination in 2015 and it’s not difficult to see why.
Most of the old centre is a World Heritage Site, thanks to its elegant classical and neo-classical architecture. The Golden Triangle is a breathtaking area of honey-coloured stone and Corinthian columns.
By contrast, the riverside is a vibrant, regenerated area, where old warehouses have been converted into chic shops, markets, bistros and bars. Riverside strolls will inevitably be punctuated by a coffee, a cheeky pastis or a classy lunch.
Wine aficionados will find much to interest them in the Musée du Vin wine museum and in the refined old wine houses of the Chartrons district. Wine tours to nearby chateaux are available daily from the tourist office.
St. Emilion, about 40 minutes from Bordeaux, makes a great day trip for wine lovers.
The ResidHotel Galerie Tatry has plenty of positive feedback on TripAdvisor, including these recent reviews, edited for length:
‘Clever hotel/kitchenette rooms so you can chose between eating out or knocking something up. Good value and a short but frequent tram C to the centre.’
‘Very friendly staff – they said hello every time we walked by and offered a lot of help navigating Bordeaux by tram.’
This Big Deal offer to Bordeaux is a great option for a short break in wine country. This charming city has an elegant centre, some superb restaurants and is a delightful place to explore on foot.