Victor Hugo compared the beauty of Bordeaux to Versailles while the rest of us equate it to Paris without the stress, crowds, and expense. The Bordeaux region is the ultimate pilgrimage for gastronomes and oenophiles. Getting past iconic wines, foie gras, and incredible cheeses there is a gift here for everyone. Bordeaux's warm weather is similar to that of northern California and is perfect to relax and enjoy the longest sandy beach in Europe on the Côte D'Argent.Bordeaux reflects all the 'grandeur' that is so wonderfully French within a panoramic view of 18th century architecture stretching along the curve of the Garonne River. It is no surprise that Bordeaux, with its more than 350 protected historic buildings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.