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Between the cathedral and the Grand Théâtre are numerous pedestrian streets (Rue Ste. Catherine being the biggest) where stylish shops and clothing boutiques abound—Bordeaux may favor understatement, but there's no lack of elegance in and around its Golden Triangle shopping district.

Bear in mind that the soldes (sales) start in France at the height of summer, especially just before Bastille (July 14) weekend.

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