Close your eyes, and picture your happy place. If you're surrounded by bottles and bottles of good wine, glass in hand, then good news: that figment of your imagination actually exists.
It's called —the city of wine—and you'll find it in Bordeaux, one of France's most storied wine regions. The theme park-meets-museum cost 80 million euros to build, but it was well worth it: It's become a veritable mecca for oenophiles.
La Cite du Vin, tripadvisor.com
There aren't any zero-to-60 roller coasters or 20-story drops, but the destination's not completely without thrills. Brace yourself: Eight hundred varieties of wine from 70 different countries are stored at , and they're all available for tasting and ordering. Plus there are 20 wine-themed sections and exhibits, including a totally immersive, simulated boat ride. It shows what it was like to be a globe-trotting, sailing wine merchant.
Even the building's design speaks to what's inside: The twisted metal structure is supposed to evoke wine swirling around a glass, according to the architects. Consider the whole experience to be a wine-loving adult's Disney World—minus the steep entrance cost. Tickets start at around just $25...and include a glass of wine.
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