of state: President François Hollande
of cheese: more than 500
countries: Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg,
Monaco, Spain, Switzerland
alcohol consumption (per person over 15 years):
wine 78.9L, beer 41L, cider 6.9L, spirits 9.1L
braille, bikini, digital calculator, hot air balloon,
scuba equipment, stethoscope, parachute, sewing machine, guillotine
World Record: Charles de Gaulle survived more
assassination attempts (32) than anyone else in the world
zone: GMT +1.
Aquitaine runs most buses to destinations in the Gironde and has an information
kiosk (05 56 43 68 43; 1-8pm Mon-Fri, 9am-1.30pm & 5-8pm Sat) at esplanade
(05 56 92 50 42; 32 rue Charles Domercq; 7am-7.30pm
Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm Sat) faces the train station.
Rental companies have offices in both, the train
station and the airport.
Bordeaux is one of France’s major rail transit
points. The station, Gare St-Jean, is about 3km from
the city centre at the southern terminus of cours de
Bordeaux airport (05 56 34 50 50;
www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr) is in Mérignac, 10km
west of the city centre, with domestic and some international services. A taxi
from the airport into town costs about €30.