Bordeaux, France

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Home to a thriving arts and culture scene, not to mention its famous red wines, much of this historic city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst great strides have been made in recent years to transform the formerly dilapidated waterfront of the Garonne into one of the busiest quays in Europe. Take a stroll along the river banks and immerse yourself in its eclectic combination of quirky shops, cafs and bars. Pull up a chair, order a glass of that renowned red and watch the world go by. Isn't that what holidays are about after all?