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Bordeaux, France

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Classical yet current, Bordeaux is a city that celebrates the details that comprise the whole. Architect Oliver Brochet guides our tour around the accessible tram system, the historic women, and of course, the wine.

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  The Water Mirror, a rectangle of half-inch-deep water created by landscape architects Claire and Michel Corajoud, expresses the modern face of a city known for its historic architecture.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The Water Mirror, a rectangle of half-inch-deep water created by landscape architects Claire and Michel Corajoud, expresses the modern face of a city known for its historic architecture.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The Romanesque Église Sainte-Croix, constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries, was substantially renovated in the late 19th century, when its southern bell tower was added.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The Romanesque Église Sainte-Croix, constructed during the 12th and 13th centuries, was substantially renovated in the late 19th century, when its southern bell tower was added.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The lightness and transparency of Richard Rogers’s 1998 law courts, in the city’s historic center, are meant to emphasize the openness of the French judicial system.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The lightness and transparency of Richard Rogers’s 1998 law courts, in the city’s historic center, are meant to emphasize the openness of the French judicial system.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The elegant Place Georges de Porto-Riche.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The elegant Place Georges de Porto-Riche.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The new Seeko’o Hotel, the world’s first building clad entirely in DuPont Corian.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The new Seeko’o Hotel, the world’s first building clad entirely in DuPont Corian.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The functionalist Caserne des Pompiers, a 1954 firehouse by the architects Claude Ferret, Adrien Courtois, and Yves Salier.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The functionalist Caserne des Pompiers, a 1954 firehouse by the architects Claude Ferret, Adrien Courtois, and Yves Salier.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The city’s architectural masterwork, Victor Louis’s Grand-Théâtre, completed in 1780, is home to the city’s National Opera.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The city’s architectural masterwork, Victor Louis’s Grand-Théâtre, completed in 1780, is home to the city’s National Opera.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  The massive concrete Base Sous-Marine was built during World War II to house German submarines but has become a popular and singularly dramatic venue for exhibitions and performances.  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    The massive concrete Base Sous-Marine was built during World War II to house German submarines but has become a popular and singularly dramatic venue for exhibitions and performances.

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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  Brochet recommends the restaurant Le Bouchon Bordelais or both the cuisine and its view of “the oldest prostitutes in Bordeaux.”  Photo by: Peter Augustin
    Brochet recommends the restaurant Le Bouchon Bordelais or both the cuisine and its view of “the oldest prostitutes in Bordeaux.”

    Photo by: Peter Augustin

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