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The Port of the Moon, port city of Bordeaux in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of the Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city except Paris. It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands. Urban plans and architectural ensembles of the early 18th century onwards place the city as an outstanding example of innovative classical and neoclassical trends and give it an exceptional urban and architectural unity and coherence. Its urban form represents the success of philosophers who wanted to make towns into melting pots of humanism, universality and culture.
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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in France. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to France.
Tipping: Neither required nor expected. Should you decide to tip, it is customary to round up to the next Euro.
Corruption: France has a corruption score of 28 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through France, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, France is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
France is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.89 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Bordeaux is 18.
Age of Consent: 15 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in France since 2013.
France scores a 8/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC-10:00 to UTC+12:00
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 230 V (50 Hz), Plug C / E
Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 15 and 15.6°C (59 and 60°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 11.81 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to France.