Spirit of Discovery blog
An overnight stay for Spirit Of Discovery in Bordeaux, but well-earned thanks to a challenging arrival. Under pilotage for six hours, and battling the currents all the way up the Garonne River, but a scenic journey nonetheless, with vineyards a-plenty on either side. We finally came to the Jacques Chaban Delmas lifting bridge at 1545, and passed through with just 15m of clearance either side, then swung around in the river to moor up port-side to in the very heart of beautiful Bordeaux.
Visitors are treated to sumptuous architecture and great atmosphere in this city, whose fine masonry inspired the architectural themes of Paris later in the 19th century. And mention of Bordeaux naturally warrants mention of the wine of the same name, the history of which began here with the Romans. At this time the region has 116,160 hectares (287,000 acres) of vineyards, 57 appellations, 10,000 wine-producing estates (châteaux) and 13,000 grape growers.
Captain Darin Bowland, MSc
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