Arguably, the world's best wines are produced here. A trip to the Bordeaux region is not only a feast on the palate, it is the ultimate experience in history, gastronomy, culture, all rolled into a cholestorol-ladden, calorie-rich, unforgettable culinary moment.

And then there's the wine! Margaux, Pauillac, Saint-Emilion, Sauterne are just a few miles apart. Lesser-known regional wines includes great finds, such as Monbazillac, Jurançon, Bergerac, Entre-Deux Mers, Cahors, and Madiran. In fact, the whole region is ripe with hundreds of variety of different wines.

Vegeterians beware! The South West is a top producer of Foie Gras, Duck confit and its Blonde d'Aquitaine is one of the finest beef meats available anywhere. Let's not forget the Bayonne ham and the Poulet Landais. And, as if this were not enough, you should not miss the oysters produced in Arcachon, as they are truly the best you can possible have. Fortunately for you, there is Aquitaine asperagus (a must for asperagus-lovers worldwide), the Pruneaux d'Agen (the best dried prunes you've ever had!) and black truffle, (the finest mushroom this side of the ether).