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Tourism in Aquitaine: good plans (advice, travel)

Tourism in Aquitaine: good plans (advice, travel)

Aquitaine, nestled between the mountains and the sea, is full of tourist gems. From the delights of the table in Bordeaux, to the wild nature of the Arcachon basin and the authenticity of the Basque coast, you will always find what you need in Aquitaine.

Bordeaux and the Wine Route

“Bordeaux is classic, bourgeois, and cushy”, only clichés! Bordeaux has changed a lot in the last few years. The quays have been redone and have become a beautiful promenade, nothing to do with the Parisian quays on Sunday, for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers? It is a real lung, in the heart of the largest city in Aquitaine. The city council has obliged the owners to renovate the facades, which has enhanced the exceptional heritage of the city (classified as a UNESCO world heritage site a few years ago).

Bordeaux is beautiful, but it is also greedy! Eat Baillardran cannelés, have lunch at La Tupina. It’s a treat, quite simply, all accompanied by a good glass of Bordeaux. As for the wine, you have the embarrassment of choice, Médoc, Pauillac, Saint-Estèphe, Margaux, all of which are more famous than the others, and which can only make you want to go there. Visit absolutely, the village of Saint-Emilion, and taste, with moderation!

The basin of Arcachon

Formerly called “the small sea” (150km² of water at high tide), it is the favorite destination of the Bordeaux inhabitants. It is an exceptional place, which you should not miss, when you visit Aquitaine. On the sea side, the Union des Bateliers arcachonnais offers more than pleasant excursions.

On the land side, there are two unobstructed views of the basin. On one side, the Pyla dune, which is the highest sand dune in Europe and stretches for nearly 3 km, offers a double view of the basin and the Landes forest.

On the other hand, the Cap Ferret lighthouse (258 steps of happiness), which gives an impression of the end of the world, between the basin and the Atlantic Ocean. For your accommodation, you are spoilt for choice: there are gites, villas with swimming pools or simply camping (in the 33). But a piece of advice, book early, you won’t be the only ones to go there!

The Basque coast

Known and recognized, the Basque coast will not leave you indifferent. It stretches from Anglet to Muskiz, near Bilbao (in Spain). As soon as you arrive in this land, you will feel the Basque identity through its gastronomy and culture.

It is also displayed in the windows and store windows, hence the undeniable success of the “64” brand. Discover or rediscover the mythical places of this coast, such as Biarritz or Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and let your desire guide you inland, to discover new places, new sensations. Enjoy your stay in Aquitaine!

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What do you need to know about taking a TGV train? (tips)

What do you need to know about taking a TGV train in France? (tips)

Taking the TGV is not like taking a TER or a commuter train. On the one hand, the reservation process is different. On the other hand, in the station, taking a TGV will require more attention and speed. Finally, the TGV offers punctuality guarantees, unlike the TER.

Reservation

Reservation is mandatory to take a TGV. Reservations can be made at the station, by telephone on 3635, on the Internet at Voyage-sncf.com, or in an approved travel agency. The ticket is only valid for the train you have reserved, not the one before or after, unless you choose a more expensive pro ticket. The Price You should know that you pay, in any case, 5 euros of reservation fees. When you pay for your tickets, these reservation fees are included in the price. There are 2 classes available to you: 2nd class, the cheapest, and 1st class, the most expensive. The “cheap travel” websites usually offer you the 2nd class by default.

Arrival at the station

Be careful! Some train stations in France are saturated at all hours of the day! Those who frequent the Lyon Part Dieu station know the traffic problems in the hall. Do not arrive just before the departure of your train. Preferable times To make it easier for you to get on the train, prefer to travel early in the morning. Passengers are calmer and staff are more available. If necessary, plan a hotel close to the station. Avoid at all costs Fridays or Sunday evenings, especially when leaving on vacation. If you are traveling to Paris by train from the provinces, choose mid-morning, which is often quiet.

Your installation

Locating your train Like any other train, your TGV will have a track assigned to it. For high-speed trains, the tracks are often posted at the last minute to deliberately create a rush and prevent luggage thieves from sneaking into the trains before departure. Settling in A sign will show you the placement of the cars in relation to the platform markers. Ask for help if necessary. If you arrive at your seat and someone is already there, check your seat number. Always call a controller to resolve the dispute.

Your journey

A bar car is available for refreshments and food. The products are expensive, so take precautions before boarding the train and limit yourself to a coffee. In case of a long delay, envelopes are distributed. Do not throw them away, they are not an apology letter! It is the first step to obtain a refund of your ticket.

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