You simply can't discuss the south-western region of Bordeaux without somebody mentioning wine. Bordeaux is famed for its vineyards thanks to the Garonne river that passes through this port city and as a result, made it a trading jackpot back in the day. The city is often referred to as "little Paris", with a vibrant mix of tourists and students soaking up the shopping and classic French architecture. Bordeaux has definitely risen in the ranks as one of the more prominent cultural hubs of France.