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Starbucks City Mug Bordeaux - Coat of Arms

Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. The city's nicknames are "La perle d'Aquitaine" (The Pearl of Aquitaine), and "La Belle Endormie" (Sleeping Beauty) in reference to the old center which had black walls due to pollution. Nowadays, this is not the case. In fact, a part of the city, Le Port de La Lune, was almost completely renovated. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. It is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo, while the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.

Coat of Arms of Bordeaux - the blazon is topped off by an azure segment comprising the distinctive silhouette of the fleur de lys, the stylised lily which was the symbol of French royalty. Below the fleurs de lys is a lion, a remnant of the years the city spent under British rule from 1154 until 1453 and the Battle of Castillon which marked the end of the Hundred Years’ War. The fortifications represent the medieval-period city hall, or hôtel de ville, of which all that remains today is the gate, its two middle towers and central look-out: this is Porte Saint-Éloi, one of the main gates into historic Bordeaux, and its famous bell, la Grosse Cloche. Bottom is the blue waters of the Garonne, overlaid with a crescent, which represents the shape of the river as it flows through the city, hence Bordeaux’s nickname: le Port de la Lune.

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  France, Bordeaux

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