Got some annual leave to use up? Autumn is the ideal time for a long weekend away, you’ll miss the busy summer rush, find cheaper bookings and enjoy more bearable temperatures. Before the stress of the festive season hits, take a Friday off and jet away for an autumn city break.
Short flights and lots to see, here are our top 5 locations for an autumn city break.
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Bordeaux was our second stop after busy London, and that was incredible contrast for sure. Just 20 minutes away from the city of Bordeaux, you can find hidden paradise, spa-hotel Les Sources de Caudalie, surrounded by its own vineyards and lake-filled gardens beside the estate of Château Smith Haut Lafitte. There is a phenomenal feeling of peace and tranquillity, very romantic place. Walking around estate and vineyards, I noticed beautiful roses 🌹 at the end of each vine row. Later I found out that roses can prevent grape vines from diseases. Bordeaux is all about wine, you can visit most famous chateau for degustation, or just stop by and explore the estate, without any appointment, because winemakers are very welcoming. Each time Le Labo – Rose 31 perfume takes me back to Bordeaux 🌹 @lessourcesdecaudalie #lessourcesdecaudalie #caudalie #bordeaux #travel #lelabo #lelabo31
Picture this- The weather is just cool enough for you to wear your favourite jacket, the leaves are browning as you sit under a blanket sipping wine. Sounds dreamy right? Little more than an hours flight away from London, Bordeaux has all the excitement and culture of Paris, with a quieter, more intimate feel. Bordeaux is obviously a hotspot for wine, so book in a tour of Château Pape-Clément, the oldest vineyard in the area with 30 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.
Or if you want to be able to remember your trip, take in your surroundings in a stroll along the river or around the beautiful Jardin Public, housing their natural history museum and botanical garden. Soak up the gothic sights of the Bordeaux Cathedral, standing tall among streets that feel straight out of Beauty and the Beast.
It’s not just because of their vineyards that Bordeaux is called the French California, head to the beach and you’ll understand the reasoning. If the weather permits, take the journey out to the coast at Arcachon to catch a glimpse of the surfers while eating moules-frites and ice cream far better than any you’d get at a British seaside.
Far calmer than Paris, Bordeaux is the ideal autumn city break for a much-needed getaway to break up a stressful month.
What we’d be wearing
Channel effortless French-girl cool by keeping it minimal. We’d be wearing blue straight leg jeans, our softest white T-shirt and an oversized coat. Adopt the romance of the setting into your outfit by opting for a classic top handle handbag like our favourite french icons.