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Top 5 Festivals in France

Here is a Top 5 Festivals in France organized in different categories so that whoever you are, you will undoubtedly find the one that suits you.

Let’s begin this Top 5 Festivals in France with our first category: classical music.

1. Classical Music / Opera

festivals in franceThe first festival you shouldn’t miss is called “Les Chorégies d’Orange”. It happens every summer in the antique theatre of the city of Orange, and the beauty of the arena combined with the quality of the opera make it a must-see if you are fond of classical music.

There is also the “Festival de l’Opéra en plein air”, which happens in different places every year to perform one particular opera. Aimed towards making every generation discover classical music and promoting new lyrical artists, no doubt the “open air” frame is also part of its success…festivals in france

Finally, we advise you to attend the “International Piano Festival of the Roque d’Anthéron” which takes place every summer around Aix en Provence, in the French Riviera. Open air too, it is one of the most famous lyrical festival.

 

2. Pop Rock Musicfestivals in france

If you are fond of pop rock music and want to dance, you should go to the Vieilles Charrues Festival which takes places every July in Brittany. Gathering different types of music such as rock and electro, everybody can enjoy a great moment in one of the biggest European Festival.

Likewise, you shouldn’t miss the Solidays of Paris, organized every June and above festivals in franceall aimed at raising people’s awareness about sexual diseases (mostly AIDS). From electro to rock music, this festival is a great united meeting of young people.

If you want to discover French pop artists, head to the Francofolies in La Rochelle. The aim is to spread French current music, whatever generation you belong to.

 

3. Drama / Theatrefestivals in france

The more important drama festival of Europe is definitely the Festival d’Avignon, happening every summer. The most famous stage is located in the open air “Cour d’honneur du Palais des papes”, and although dramatic arts seem to reign, it offers other types such as dance or fine arts with artists from all over the world.

If you go to France in June to visitfestivals in france the castles of the Loire Valley, don’t miss the Festival d’Anjou. Many plays are staged in historical sites of the region, so that you will enjoy the beauty of the castles like the Plessis-Macé Castle along with dozens of drama shows.

In June again, Versailles organises the “Molière month” in its sumptuous place. The festival houses more than 300 open air shows, especially of theatre arts, but also living arts shows with dance or circus… And many entrances are for free !

 

4. Cinema

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The most famous festival of the world, the Festival de Cannes takes place in the French Riviera to reward the best movie, actor/actress, and filmmaker of the year. The ceremony of the “Red Carpet Walk” is watched all over the world to see the stars in their fancy outfits, and the surroundings offer outstanding views over the Mediterranean Sea, which gives the Festival a touch of fairy.

french riviera, festivals in franceThe Festival du film américain de Deauville, entirely dedicated to American movies, takes place in September. It has received very famous movie stars so far, from Robert de Niro to John Travolta. There is even a competition between independent movies so that you can enjoy every type of American cinematographic production.

Finally, and on a very different note, Gérardmer houses in the Vosges the International Festival of Fantastic Movies every winter, in which Fantastic has the place of honor in cinema as in other arts.

 

5. Carnival & Live artsfestivals in france

The last category of our Top 5 Festivals in France will make you party, especially in the Carnival of Dunkerque. Starting in January for three crazy months, it is one of the most famous in Europe because of the mass it gathers and the party atmosphere it spreads. From parades to balls, be sure you will have a very joyful, colourful and musical moment!

festivals in franceThe Carnival of Nice is, as for him, the biggest carnival of France. During the month of February, many floats decorated in the chosen theme of the year file in the streets of Nice, within a crazy party atmosphere.

To remain in this festive theme, we suggest you attend the Clécy Festival in Normandy. Different from carnivals, it remains a very joyful event which live arts will please every type of public with drama, music, and tale shows. This festival is the best compromise to get your fill of party atmosphere in less crowded places than carnivals.

 

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The top 10 day trips from Paris by train

After a few exciting days in central Paris, it is time to discover treasures near by! France has so many historic and beautiful sights to offer that choosing is the most difficult part. Also, due to its central location in Europe many cities are close and easy to visit for a day trip. Our selection of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train include some of the most beautiful places in France.

1. Versailles

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Only 20 kilometers south of Paris you can find one of the most decadent and pompous palaces the world has to offer. Not just the palace but the whole estate is remarkable and so “over the top” that it definitely deserves a spot on the list of the top 10 day trips from Paris by train. Once you arrive there, don’t be intimidated by the size of the state but take a walk in the beautiful gardens and discover the smaller palaces Ménagerie royale, Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Pavillon de la Lanterne.

For more Information about Versailles click here.

2. Giverny

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From March until the end of October a very special garden opens its doors for visitors. About 60 kilometers outside of the French capital lies a garden many of us have already admired in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Monet’s masterpieces feature his gardens in Giverny but only by seeing the place with your own eyes you can understand the beauty of the various types of flowers and the pond with its water lilies.

Learn more about Giverny and Monet’s gardens here.

3. Disneyland

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The magic world of Disney is right outside Paris and perfectly suited for a day trip from Paris by train. Especially for Kids it is a magical adventure to meet Mickey and all the other Disney characters. You can visit the two parks in one or two days or only visit the main park. Enjoy the whole world of Disney and have live your very own fairy tale.

Here you can find out more about Disneyland Paris.

4. Champagne

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The most luxurious drink in the world come from exactly one charming region in France: La champagne. Here is where the wine yards grow their precious grapes and experienced wine and champagne producers create the champagne with which we celebrate our most happy and successful moments in life. Discover this place as one of your day trips from Paris by train and enjoy the delicate champagne tasting.

Discover more about the local champagne producers here.

5. Loire Valley

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Discover a treasure from the UNESCO list of world heritage sights by train from Paris. The Loire Valley is famous due to its architecture of the more than 300 castles and chateaux in its area. Besides the beautiful sights the region offers wine from the famous areas of Muscat, Sancerre, and Pouilly-fumé as well as extensive fields of artichoke and asparagus which line the river banks.

Discover 4 original Loire Valley Châteaux here:

Villandry Castle

Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle

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6. Rouen

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This formerly very important European city is today the capital of the French region Normandy. Its most famous sight is the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has been subject to a serial of Paintings of the famous painter Monet which are exposed today in the Orsay Museum in Paris.

A city guide of Rouen you can find here.

7. London

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London calling? Just hop on the Eurostar which connects the two European capitals. In about two hours you can reach each center, in Paris at Gare du Nord and in London at Kings cross is where this amazing train connection will let you off. Discover everything London has to offer and stay just for one day trip or even longer.

How to get to London? Find out here.

8. Strasbourg

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Strasbourg lying in the middle of Europe in the region of Alsace has a great past being part of both France and Germany throughout history. Today you can still admire the Wilhelmian architecture but due to the damages from the World War II you can find many different styles of architecture from the past 5 centuries. One of the sights you should not miss is the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral.

9. Deauville

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Spend a few hours by the beach in Normandy! Deauville is one of the most famous beach villages in France. For the past century Deauville hosted more than a few celebrities. Coco Chanel opened a store in Deauville in the summer of 1913 while she was residing there. Famous for the horse races, Deauville attracts many visitors and fans over the summer time.

 

10. Chantilly

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Chantilly in the north of Paris is a beautiful place for a day trip by train. For horse race fans it is a must to discover the old stables and the horse race sights. Besides horses, chantilly offers to visit the charming Chateau de Chantilly.

More about Day trips to Chantilly here.

 

 

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Top 3 Souterrains in Paris

The Top 3 Souterrains in Paris

Paris offers as much to discover overground as it does underground and I am not talking about its famous Metro system, which by the way was the first subway system in the world. Today you can find 18 mysterious metro stations that are not being used anymore. Besides these underground attractions we are presenting to you the Top 3 Souterrains in Paris.

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The first of our top 3 souterrains in Paris is the Réservoir de Montsouris in the 14th district of Paris was built in the years from 1868 to 1873 by the engineer Eugène Belgrand. As one of the 5 reservoirs of the Capitals it provides the water for about 20 % of all Parisians. Besides its practical use as storage for clean water it has also gained the nickname “Cathédrale d’eau” (Water Cathedral) due to its unique architecture and its majestic pillars. Up until 2001 anyone was able to visit the Réservoir de Montsouris but after new safety standards were required the reservoir had to close its doors to visitors. Only in 2014 during two days (journées de patrimoine) the “water cathedral” opened again for visits. The reservoir has two floors each sized 60 ooo square meters and fits a maximum of 202 000 cubic meters of water to secure the water supply of Parisian households. From the outside one can barely guess whats going on inside this water reservoir. It is covered by a large field of grass and flowers and all that is above ground are two small resembling buildings that really do not indicate the size and importance of the reservoir.

2. Les Catacombes

Catacombe, Top 3 Souterrains in ParisOne of the most visited attractions in the french capital can be found underground. The catacombs of Paris were created in the 18th century to relieve the overcrowded cemeteries within the City. Today, bones of more than 6 million people are buried in the ossuary. When visiting the catacombs at Denfert-Rochreau Station you will find these bones carefully piled on each other creating a sort of artistic appearance. Only after Louis-Étienne Héricart de Thury from the Paris Mine Inspection Service transformed the unorganized piles of bones  that it became a real mausoleum. Since then in 1810 the catacombs have been open for visits up until today with only a few short breaks. Today this one is one of the top 3 souterrains in Paris you can visit every day but make sure to buy your fast track ticket online to skip the queuing on site.

Reserve your tickets here. (site in French)

Les Catacombes de Paris – 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris

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“The city below the city” This term comes from the use of actual street names and house numbers that were placed underground in the sewers. So, there is quite literally a second Paris underground. The first sewer system was established in Paris in 1370 under the “Rue Montmatre”. You can follow the history of the sewers and visit the sewer museum at the Pont de l’Alma. The accessible part extends to a 500 meter path underground where you can discover the historic water cycle of Paris and many machines of which some are still in use. As the oldest and still existing sewer system “Les Égouts” earn their place in the top 3 souterrains in Paris.

Les Égouts de Paris – Place de la Résistance, 75007 Paris

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Places to visit in France

France has got a lot to offer. There’s no question about it. But how to choose from this wide range? We have created a little overview of the must-see places to visit in France.

Paris

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Certainly, Paris the most visited place in France. The City of Lights invites everyone who is planning to do some sightseeing, those who are interested in culture, art and architecture as well as guests who just wish to go out and have a good time. The surrounding area around Paris should be mentioned. For example, you can go to Versailles and visit the breath-taking castle of the former French kings and its marvelous gardens. For those who feel like having a bit more action can visit Disneyland.

Champagne region

places to visit in FranceIn the Northeast of France, the Champagne region is most famous for its production of fine sparkling wine – the real Champagne. Wine lovers can visit vineyards and wine cellars or participate in wine and Champagne tastings.

Reims is one of the cities in the Champagne region with several monuments designated to the UNESCO world heritage, like its giant cathedral. Especially for those who are interested in medieval traces, the castles in the region are worth a visit, for example the Castle of Sedan.

On top of that, the landscape of the Champagne region is particularly charming because of its many lakes and forests, for example in the natural park Montage de Reims. There are even limestone caves tourists can visit.

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Apart from beaches, cliffs and museums, you can visit Mont Saint-Michel – a small fortified town on a tidal island on the coast of Normandy. Don’t miss visiting the Abbey and the winding alley of the town below. Learn more about Mont Saint-Michel here.

Strasbourg

strasbourg, france in 15 days all inclusive, places to visit in FranceLocated in the region of Alsace, Strasbourg is the capital of Europe and seat of the European parliament with numerous museums. Besides, the Roman-gothic cathedral is one of its most important sights. The architecture of Strasbourg is particularly charming because of the great number of half-timbered houses of Alemannic and South German style. Since it there are two rivers, you can participate in a boat cruise to see all the monuments and sights. Especially in Christmas time, the center of Strasbourg enchants with its Christmas markets.

Loire Valley

This region captivates tourists with breath-taking landscapes, ancient castles and fortresses, old villages and impressive monuments. For example, you can visit the UNESCO-designated cathedral in Nantes. Learn more about travelling to Loire Valley here.Loire Valley 2 Days, loire valley private in 1 day, places to visit in France

Provence

Provence, Lavender, places to visit in FranceEspecially in summer, the Provence region in the south of France is worth a visit because of its amazing landscapes with olive trees and the fragrant lavender fields. The Provence region also has some wonderful cities. Marseille is the second biggest French city after Paris. Located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, it does not only offer culture but also magnificent beaches. If already in the Provence region, make sure you stop by Arles and Aix-en-Provence – two cities full of ancient Roman and medieval traces.

Lyon

lyon, france in 15 days all inclusive, places to visit in FranceLocated in the Southeast, Lyon is one of the best places to visit in France. It is the third biggest city of the country and its old town was designated to the UNESCO world heritage. Amongst other things, you can visit its religious buildings like the Saint-Jean Cathedral or the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Don’t miss the capital of French gastronomy! Great chefs like Paul Bocuse left their marks on the regional cuisine of Lyon. The small restaurants serving traditional regional dishes attract lovers of good food from all over the world. The regional food is simple but exquisite using the huge variety of cheese, fish, vegetables and fine wines from all around the city.

Bordeaux

bordeaux, bordeaux wine trip, places to visit in FranceBordeaux is probably most famous for the regional fine wine. It is the largest wine region in the world and offers a great deal of culinary delight. Besides, it is a university city and the political and intellectual center of the Southwest of France. The city has got a lot to offer – art, culture, museums and extraordinary architecture. Visitors are attracted by its impressive ecclesiastical buildings, for instance the Saint-André Cathedral.

French Riviera

The French Riviera is certainly one of the most important places to visit in France! It is a popular destination for both French and foreign tourists because of its magnificent beaches and cities, such as St-Tropez, Cannes or Nice.

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10 Things to Do in Paris

When visiting Paris choosing from the various attractions and beautiful sights is the biggest task of all. From all the Parisian gems and experiences we’ve chosen the 10 things to do in Paris you should not miss.

 

1. Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

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A must-see: Monet’s water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Situated in the Jardins des Tuileries, it is one of the favorite museums of Parisians and visitors. Built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees in the Tuileries Garden, it accommodates today the masterpieces of Monet and many other works of impressionists like Cézanne and Gauguin. From the 20th century you’ll find 12 pieces by Pablo Picasso as well as 10 Matisse and many others. A great way to spend your afternoon in Paris!

Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries 75001 www.musee-orangerie.fr (site in French)

 

2. Have Falafel in Rue des Rosiers

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For all food lovers Paris holds many attractions but one particular can be found in the middle of the famous area Le Marais. The Rue des Rosiers in the 4th district holds the most famous Parisian Falafel joint: L’As. A tasty experience to try!

L’As – 34, Rue des Rosiers 75004 Tel.: 01 48 87 63 60 

 

3. Stroll through Shakespeare and Company

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The famous American bookshop in Paris is located on the left bank next to the river Seine and opposite of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its great history originates from the gathering of famous expat writers of the 1920’s like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Today it still accommodates one of the largest English book collections in Paris and is itself an interesting place to visit.

Shakespeare and Co. – 37, Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Tel.: 01 43 25 40 93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com

 

4. Enjoy an evening in Le Crazy Horse

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Besides the well-known Moulin Rouge a second cabaret has become all the rage: Le Crazy Horse. In 1951 the cabaret opened its doors at the prestigious 12 Avenue George V and has continued to dazzle visitor with their creative and glamorous shows up until today. You can enjoy the show with champagne or dinner before hand. In any case a fabulous evening entertainment is guaranteed!

Check out some more information about Le Crazy Horse here.

Le Crazy Horse – 12, Avenue George V 75008 Tel.: 01 47 23 32 32 www.lecrazyhorseparis.com (site in French)

 

5. Check out the Jazz clubs of Paris

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For all Jazz lovers Paris holds some precious gems. In the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can still experience the ambience of the days of Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Kenny Clarke. Three of the major Parisian Jazz Clubs include Le Caveau de la Huchette, Le Duc de Lombards, and Le Sunset.

Le Caveau de la Huchette – 5, Rue de la Huchette 75005 Tel.: 01 43 26 65 05. www.caveaudelahuchette.fr (site in French)

Le Duc de Lombards – 42, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 42 33 22 88. www.ducdeslombards.com (site in French)

Le Sunset – 60, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 40 26 46 60. www.sunset-sunside.com (site in French)

 

6. Spend an afternoon in Montmartre

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The vibe of the artist “village” in the north of Paris still lies in the air. When visiting Montmartre you can check out the main touristic attractions like the all-white Basilica and the Place du Tertre with the caricaturists and the crêperies, but Montmartre also holds other beautiful corners like the Allée des Brouillards or the rue Lepic where you will pass by charming bars and cafés with the very special Parisian touch.

 

7. Sunday shopping spree in Le Marais

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A typical Parisian Sunday includes an after-brunch shopping spree in Le Marais. This area comes most alive on Sundays with all shops and cafés open and joyful Parisians and visitors walking the streets of the popular Jewish area. In this old part of the city you can discover romantic places like the Place de Vosges and all the small side streets with little shops and restaurants. Definitely a must on the list of 10 things to do in Paris!

 

8. Have a drink on one of the amazing rooftops of Paris

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To truly feel the Parisian vibes it is a good idea to look at the city from above. We have gathered for you the three of the most special rooftop experiences in the French capital. Georges in the Centre Pompidou offers a high-class restaurant in a modern setting with a beautiful view over the city. For a French “Aperó” we suggest Le Perchoir on top of the BHV mall in Le Marais. A less crowed rooftop with a Brooklyn-like vibe can be found on the 7th floor of the Terrass” Hotel in the 18th district.

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Georges – Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou 75000 Paris Tel.: 01 44 78 47 99 www.restaurantgeorgesparis.com

Le Perchoir – 33, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Tel.: 09 77 40 14 00 www.bhv.fr/actus/perchoir-du-bhv-marais/ (site in French)

Terrass” Hotel – 12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Tel.: 01 46 06 72 85 www.terrass-hotel.com (site in French)

 

9. Spend time at the Eiffel Tower

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The main Parisian landmark is always worth a visit but instead of the obvious viewpoint at place du Trocadero you can have more private views on the romantic Tower from places like the Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th district, Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting the 15th and the 16th district, or the rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette in the 8th district.

 

10. Have French Pastries

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Last but not least on the list of 10 things to do in Paris: have French pastries. If there is one thing you cannot leave Paris without then it is tasting the delightful pastries in one of the Parisian “Boulangeries”. The Pâtisserie Stroher exists since 1730 in the Rue Montorgeuil and won a price for best éclairs au chocolat. Who would like to taste the delicate macarons should try Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées or in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A very special pastry shop is La Pâtisserie des Rêves (several in Paris, one in the 16th district). They have specialized in bringing childhood memories alive and making your (pastry) dreams come true.

Pâtisserie Stroher – 51, Rue Montorgeuil 75002 Tel.: 01 42 33 38 20 www.stroher.fr (site in French)

Ladurée – 75, AV. Des Champs-Élysées 75008 Tel.: 01 40 75 08 75 / 21, Rue Bonarparte Tel.: 01 44 07 64 87 www.laduree.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 111, Rue de Longchamp 75016 Tel.: 01 47 04 00 24 www.lapatisseriedesreves.com (site in French)

 

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France Tourist Attractions You Should Visit

Want to visit France? Beyond the Paris and France tourist attractions you are already familiar with, such as the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris, or the Château de Versailles, France is full of tourist attractions through its beautiful regions. Here is a short list.

1 – Futuroscope

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Located in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and in Jaunay-Clan, in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Futuroscope, with 1.9 million visitors per year, is a leisure park that offers scientific and technology-based attractions. Due to the diversity of the different ones, they are accessible to both adults and children.
You can experience sensorial attractions with realistic special effects, such as 3D and 4D (Ice Age attraction for instance) simulators, or get your adrenaline pumped up in training centers such as the Arena Fun Experiences, where you will test sports like the Flying Ball, and where you will experience sensational slides. More information here.

 

2 – The Castle of Chenonceau (Château de Chenonceau)

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Among France tourist attractions, we can obviously find the Château de Chenonceau, one of the Loire castles. It is THE castle which can’t be missed during your visit of the valley of the Loire. It is the second most visited castle in France, after the Château de Versailles. Built in 1513, it is an emblematic castle which has known many personalities, like Catherine de Medicis. At ParisByM, we have designed a package “Loire Valley”, where the visit of this castle is included. More information about the castle here and about the package here.

 

3 – Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery (Omaha Beach)

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Each year, the Colleville-sur-Mer American Cemetery attracts numerous visitors who pay tribute to the graves of 9,387 US soldiers dead during Operation Overlord during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944.

The cemetery is on the edge of Omaha Beach, there is a chapel, a garden, and you can attend the American Flag Descent and Folding ceremony, which takes place every day.
We have created for you a special itinerary American D-Day Tour here. More information here.

4 – The Mont-Saint-Michel

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Who has never wanted to visit the Mont Saint Michel? This rock detached from the mainland facing the English Channel is above all a village, on which thrills the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, overhanging a huge bay, which offers you a magnificent view. It is a must, and it is only 2 hours from the landing beaches in Normandy ! You can plan your visit checking information here.

 

5 – Top 1 France tourist attractions in winter/spring: ski resorts in the Alps!

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If you are visiting France from December to May, it is essential that you go skiing on the Mont Blanc massif, where a wide choice of resorts is possible: Chamonix, Brévent, Les Houches, Planard … According to if you want skiing at altitude or in valley. A great opportunity to discover the French Alps. More information here.

 

 

 

6 – Gorges du Verdon (Verdon Gorge)

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Located between the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence, the Gorges du Verdon are part of the natural beauty of France. The turquoise color of the Verdon river will not leave you indifferent, and for the sportsmen and sportswomen, a little walk will make you discover the detail of these magnificent landscapes .. Learn more here.

 

 

7 – Provence: Arles

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Provence is one of the most visited regions of France. Aix-En-Provence, Avignon, the famous village of Baux-de-Provence, they all are a must see, but the Roman heritage of this region is not to be overlooked: come and visit Arles, the magnificent Roman city remains with its amphitheater, its ancient theater, the thermal baths of Constantin (les thermes de Constantin), or the cryptoportica. History lovers, the information is here.

 

 

 

We hope our France tourist attractions will help you to prepare your visit!

 

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Paris Museums Which Match With Your Tastes

We all know the classics of the Paris Museums : the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Musée du Quai Branly. The three general museums for those who are in a hurry and want to do a quick and unavoidable visit of Paris. And what if you want to be more specific? Here are some suggestions to discover unusual Paris Museums.

 

For literature lovers

House of Victor Hugo, Paris Museums

We obviously recommend the House of Victor Hugo (Maison de Victor Hugo), which the famous writer occupied at the Hôtel de Rohan-Guémenée, Place des Vosges, from 1832 to 1848. A place of life and a place of writing (« Les Misérables » was written here) which evokes his early youth, and offers a collection of objects redrawing his life, from the exile to the « after exile », exposing his drawings, family objects too, and manuscripts. Relive the life of the author of « The Huntchback of Notre Dame » by exploring his apartment from the antechamber to the Chinese salon at 6 place des Vosges 75004 Paris.

 

House of Balzac, Paris Museums

The House of Balzac (Maison de Balzac) is also a must-see for anyone in love with French writers. You can find the author’s famous “Cabinet de Travail” (Study), his personal effects and the table where he wrote many works such as “Une ténébreuse affaire”. A library is set up and is open to all, including original editions and bindings of the romantic era. Discover Balzac at 47 rue Raynouard 75016 Paris.

 

 

 

 

For scientific people…

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris Museums

Among the Paris museums, you can find everything. As proof, scientists will find fulfillment in the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, located in the Parc de la Villette. You will be able to discover mathematical challenges, discover the mysteries of sound, light and brain, take a break in the space dedicated to the aquarium, and for astronomy lovers, you can visit the “Objectifs Terre” section dedicated to the revolution of satellites. Interesting temporary exhibitions are also held throughout the year. You can find it at 30 avenue Corentin Cariou 75019 Paris.

 

The Curie Museum, Paris Museums

The Curie Museum (Musée Curie) offers to discover the life of the physicist and chemist Marie Curie and her family who hold five Nobel Prizes. First woman to have received one, she discovered with her husband two new elements: polonium and radium. This museum houses her laboratory which has been preserved without any change, the garden she has herself arranged in the Radium Institute, and even her office. All the secrets of this famous scientific family can be found at 1 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris.

 

If you are a fan of history…

The Museum of Natural History of Paris, Paris Museums

Come and discover the first steps of the humanity at the Museum of Natural History of Paris (Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle), in particular at the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, in the rooms devoted to the evolution of life, mankind or even animal species, whether you are interested in the marine environment, the terrestrial environment, or both. A permanent exhibition describes how mankind has changed its environment, from Homo-Sapiens to nowadays, evoking the transformation of landscapes and pollution. Location : 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris.

 

Holocaust Museum, Paris Museum

The Holocaust Museum

We would also recommend the Holocaust Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), which relates the history of the genocide of the Jews during the Second World War. More than 5,000 square meters of exhibitions of pictures, original documents, and activities are available to permit the visitors to pay tribute to the memory of the deportees, but also of the « Justes », French people who helped to avoid several other deaths by hiding Jews in their houses. You can also find here a bookshop to increase your knowledge about this period, which offers more than 10,000 documents tackling the history of the Shoah. The museum is located at 17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 75004 Paris.

You may be interested in the Invalides, which hosts the museum of War, of World Wars, the memorial Charles de Gaulles, and the tomb of Napoleon : check information here.

 

Modern/contemporary art lovers…

Picasso Museum, Paris Museums

The Picasso Museum (Musée Picasso) is for you. It contains a large collection of paintings and sculptures of the artist, representing the movement of cubism of the XXth century. The museum has various pictures and archives of the same century, by Picasso himself and artists of the time like Brassaï or Man Ray. 5 rue de Thorigny 75003 Paris.

 

Museum of Modern Art, Paris Museums

You will especially appreciate the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, which counts nearly 9,000 works belonging to different movements of the XXth century and especially the second half, where you will discover chronogically and thematically movements such as New Realism or Conceptual Art. So, artists, find yourself there : 11 avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris.

 

And for the gourmands…

Museum of Chocolate, Paris Museums

There is the Museum of Chocolate (Musée du Chocolat), where you can learn about the history of chocolate, meet chocolate makers, taste chocolates, or create your own! We are not telling you more. Go to 28 Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle, 75010 Paris.

We hope you will enjoy the Paris museums as much as we do!

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France itinerary through the most worthseeing cities

Place de la Bourse Bordeaux France Itinerary

Bordeaux, the “Sleeping Beauty”

First, we recommend you to start this France itinerary staying a few days in Bordeaux, also nicknamed “La Belle endormie” because it is the second French city (after Paris) in terms of number of listed historical monuments. And you indeed won’t be disappointed by the famous Place de la Bourse (and the stunning “Miroir d’eau”) which marks a shift between the medieval and the new classical city. Bordeaux is quite astonishing for its blend of temporality in its monuments: the contrast between the neoclassic Palais Rohan built in the 18th century, the roman arena Le Palais Gallien, and the gothic Cathédrale Saint-André speaks for itself. Plus, if you are a wine lover, jump at the chance of participating to an excursion which will bring you at the core of the fabrication of the renown and delightful Bordeaux wine ! (Check our special Bordeaux Package if interested)

 

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Toulouse, the “Pink City”

Then, we advise you to go to Toulouse, which is about 2 hours and a half away from Bordeaux. You will be seduced by its colourful streets and monuments, starting with the Capitole, stunning for its rose marble pillars and statues. During the day, you can admire this place and wander in the charming streets nearby; but when lit at night, this beautiful monument becomes highly outstanding, and we are convinced you don’t want to miss that either. As for religious edifices, you will be amazed by the particular shape of the Basilique Saint Sernin and the Eglise des Jacobins. If yearning for more nature, you will be pleased by a wander along the Canal du Midi, which was designated at UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, if you are eager to discover more quirky activities, you should visit the Airbus factory, which is one of Toulouse’s biggest success and pride.

 

Calanques France ItineraryAix & Marseille, the “Phocean City”

To continue this France itinerary, next you should go to Provence, especially in two cities: Aix and Marseille. In Aix, let yourself be charmed by the “Cours Mirabeau”: this alley is full of gorgeous fountains and gardens which will bring you to a little heaven of pureness, inserted among splendid hotels such as the famous Hotel de Villars. Then, if you want to change for another atmosphere, go to Marseille, the “phocean city” where there are plenty of treasures. Some are religious, as the Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde or the Cathédrale la Major; some are historical, as the Castle d’If or the Palais Longchamp. But maybe the “must see” is the Canebière, a huge and lively street leading to the old Harbour of Marseille. From there, you can plan an excursion to the Calanques which will amaze you by the contrast they offer between the rocky cliffs and the turquoise-blue water of the sea.

 

Lyon, the “Gaules Capital”

Once revived by such a natural show, head to Lyon. Its historic site is registered in UNESCO World Heritage Site, which already informs you the delight you will feel discovering this city. First, take time to wander in the Quartier Saint-Jean in which the paved little streets, the artisanal boutiques, but also the Cathedral Saint Jean will seduce you. Then, an inescapable Notre Dame de Fourviere Lyon France Itinerarymonument certainly is the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, for its magnificence in dimensions but also in the idea of pureness spread by its fair colours fair. Don’t forget to enjoy the view it gives upon the entire city, crossed by the Rhône. By the way, a walk along the river may meet your expectations of nature, but the Parc de la tête d’Or will undoubtedly fulfil them. Finally, for an uncommon visit of this city, try to find the Traboules, starting from the top of the Croix Rousse for instance: they are hidden ways silk workers used not to damage the material, you can find them pushing doors and seeing if they open on a secret passage !

 

Lille Grande place France ItineraryLille, the “Flanders Capital”

To end this France itinerary, if you are leaving from Paris, we recommend you to go to Lille since it is about 2 hours and a half away from the French Capitol. This very charming city is above all known for its “Vieux Lille” district, which architecture is full of colours, and which sinuous streets are covered in paves. You shouldn’t miss either its impressive monuments; some are gathered in la Grande Place such as la Vieille Bourse de Lille, but you can also be as much admiring in front of the Palais des Beaux Arts or la Librairie Furet du Nord. Thus, if you have a spare day, don’t hesitate to enjoy a moment in this very lively and appealing city !

 

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City of Reims

City of Reims

Reims, a city located in the north East part of France, the administrative capital of the famous Champagne region, it hides many sights and history, from old history until the most recent one.

WHAT TO SEE?

City of Reims

Saint Remi Basilica

Reims is known in France for being the place where the kings were crownd, specifically, up to 26 kings took over the reign of France from this city. After the World Wars, the city met a fast reconstruction and you will be able to appreciate both the sights of the past and the lively modern city combined.

In Reims you can find one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, the Reims Cathedral. Built in 1211, it became a glorious example of the Gothic style. It is home of more than 1 million visitors per year.

Talking about religious monuments, Reims also has the basilica Saint Remi, which is as beautiful as the cathedral itself.

You will also have the chance to visit the Palais du Tau museum, where you will be able to appreciate statues from the cathedrale’s facades, precious tapestries, coronation jewels and more. All framed with an historical explanation.

City of Reims

Champagne Park

In addition, the city offers one of the most lively neighborhoods, called Boulingrin, which is around the city hall. You will find a lively and easygoing atmosphere, you can relax having a drink and contemplating the movements of the city. Also, in this area you will find the market of Reims, a building classified as an historical monument, where you can find an important food market.

Last but not least, the city has a park called Champagne Park which covers around 22 acres. Discover its gardens and green fields, feel free to walk on it and take a breath wrapped in nature.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

City of ReimsThe city of Reims is worth-visiting for its main particular sights: history, lively districts and champagne combined in one.

Famous brands such as Veuve Clicquot, Pommery or Mumm can be found in the city. You can take a guided tour to discover the long underground caves and taste some exclusive champagnes.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Reims Cathedral

City of Épernay

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amusement parks in Paris

Amusement Parks in Paris

Do you want to have fun with your family once you are in Paris? Here you can find the best amusement parks in Paris and some others around the town: theme parks, seasonal parks and educational parks that will provide a unique experience for you and your kids.

 1. Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris is probably the most famous among the amusement parks in Paris: a theme park which brings the magical atmosphere of Disney’s creations a few steps outside the city centre. The park includes entertainment, shopping and dining districts, as well as hotels and a golf course. You can easily go there using the RER (Line A) towards Marne la Vallée and you will get there in 40 minutes.

 

Let your kids experience  Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters or the Big Thunder Mountain Railroard, they will never forget it!

For more information about the Studios and the Adventure Park click here and here.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Tickets with access for both parks for 1 day and round trip transportation from Paris are available here.

2. Parc Astérix

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The Parc Astérix is situated in the north of Paris and it is based on the stories of the most popular among the Gauls. Although it may take some time to reach the park, the breath-taking roller coasters and the unique atmosphere will give you an experience you will never forget, bringing you back to the Roman Empire, to Ancient Greece and Egypt: there is no better way to enjoy history!

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Official Website here

3. France Miniature

France Miniature, amusement parks in Paris

France Miniature

France miniature is a miniature park in Élancourt (30 km from Paris) with scale models of the most famous French monuments and landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.

Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Official Website here

 

 4. Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

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The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe and it is located in the centre of Paris (Parc de la Villette): thanks to the Planetarium, the Submarine and an IMAX Theatre, you and your kids will have the opportunity to improve your scientific knowledge while having fun!

 

Opening hours: from Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Sunday 10.00 am – 7.00 pm (booking recommended)
Official Website here

 

SEASONAL AMUSEMENT PARKS

5. Jardin des Tuileries

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Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris: Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is a public garden, situated in the 1st arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, that in summertime becomes the perfect place for your kids: with the return of the funfair, you can find  attractions of any kind, such as bumper cars, trampolines and wooden carrousel horses.

 

 

6. Jardin d’Acclimatation

Especially designed for kids, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is an amusement park, situated in the Bois de Boulogne, that includes attractions such as miniature golf courses, pony ride, puppet theatres and museums. The park also includes the Exploradôme, an interactive science museum.

Official Website here

 

7. Foire du Trône

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From the end of March to the end of May, you can experience the Foire du trône, the oldest funfair in France. It is located in the 12th arrondissement (Bois de Vincennes) and mixes the atmosphere of springtime with attractions for kids and families. Do not forget to eat the typical street food on the Pelouse de Reilly!

Official Website here

 

 8. Fête des Loges

The Fête des Loges, one of the oldest fairs in Paris, is held in the forest of Saint-Germain-En-Laye (Yvelines): it is a traditional fair with a strong focus on typical and regional gastronomy.

Official Website here

 

9. Aquaboulevard

aquaboulevard, amusement parks in Paris

The Aquaboulevard is a complex in the 15the arrondissement which consists of a huge waterpark, a sauna and a hammam, several cinemas, tennis courts and many other fitness and sport facilities.

Official Website here

 

 

OUTSIDE PARIS

10. Puy du Fou

puy du fou, amusement parks in Paris

This historical theme park, situated in Les Epesses (Vendée Department) includes 26 shows, such as the Secret of the Lance, the Phantom Birds Dance and the Richelieue Muskeeter. The Puy du Fou park will let you experience the thrill of past centuries,  from the gladiatorial combats to the Vikings, from the Gauls to King Arthur.

Official Website here

 

11. Vulcania

Vulcania is the “European Park of Vulcanism”, both an educational and an amusement park. It is situated in Ours-Les-Roches, in Auvergne.

Official Website here

 

12. Futuroscope

futuroscope, amusement parks in Paris

The Futuroscope is an amusement park which focuses on multimedia. It has several 3D and 4D cinemas and it is located in the north of Poitiers (Chasseneuil-du-Poitou and Jaunay-Clan).

Official Website here

So, what are you waiting for? Have fun with with your kids in one of these amusement parks in Paris!

 

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Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon

With more than two centuries of producing exclusive champagne, this brand has become one of the most famous and most consumed around the world. Yes, we are talking about Moët & Chandon.

WHAT TO SEE?

The famous brand Moët & Chandon has its headquarters in Épernay, France, or better known as the capital city of the champagne. Currently, the brand belongs to LVMH, a huge company of luxurious brands in France.

City of ÉpernayWhen coming to Épernay, you will be able to visit the Champagne Avenue, where you will find the most exclusive champagne producers in the world. Located at the number 20 of this avenue, you will find the Moët & Chandon house, the most famous house in the region.

The brand contains the longest galleries. With more than 20 km of tunnels which are hidden below 10 to 30 meters in the Moët & Chandonground, this brand became the widest seller on the region.

Also on the property, you can please your eyes with the beautiful green gardens of the house. However, these alluring gardens are not accessible for the general public. In addition, a main fact that must be told is that you will be able to see the statue of Dom Pérignon, situated within the property. Dom Pérignon was a monk and a cellar master at the Benedictine abbey in Hautvillers, and he is considered to have discovered how to create sparkling wine, even though many of scientists say it is a myth. Dom Pérignon is also famous for being an exclusive champagne brand, which is produced by the Moët & Chandon company.

Finally, you can have a private tour within the brand’s headquarters, where you will be taught about the history of the region, and there will be tastings of different champagnes that will make your trip to the region a unique experience to remember.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

Moët & ChandonThe guided tour, mentioned before, is definitely worth following. You will be able to taste the best Moët & Chandon champagnes, such as Moët Impérial, Rosé Impérial, Millésime 2008 Blanc… depending on the tour that you choose. You can reach the house by car or by  private tour. Here, you can check out our Champagne packages, where the Moët & Chandon tour is also included.

Another fun fact about this famous brand is that its headquarters have taken a small part in the history, for instance, it is known that this brand provided champagne to Napoleon!

Also, in the guided tour you will be able to visit their wine cellars, considered one of the largest wine cellars in the world.

If you are a lover of champagne, you can even ask for an exclusive tasting with a private lunch within the house, price available upon request.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Price: Depending on the tour, the price ranges from 24€ to 76€

Access: Avenue de Champagne, 20

 

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

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City of Épernay

City of Épernay, champagne in 2 days

City of Épernay

130 kilometers far from Paris, the capital city of France, we can find the capital of the Champagne region: Épernay. World-famous brands such as Moët & Chandon or Dom Perignon are located here. But why is champagne so famous in the city of Épernay?

City of ÉpernayWHAT TO SEE?

Located in the Marne department, the city of Épernay is famous for its large wine lands. However, this city became famous worldwide for being home to one of the most luxurious drinks:  champagne.

This drink is mostly known for its particular use around the world. City of ÉpernayFor example, it is common to uncork a bottle of champagne when a Formula 1 driver wins a race. Champagne is also used in celebrations like perhaps when families celebrate New Year’s Eve. Or it is even used when a bottle of champagne is ceremonially thrown against the hull of a boat to christen it before its launching. But why is this drink so famous out of all the different types of wine in the world? Well, perhaps the difference can be found not just in the taste, but in the controlled designation of origin.

Yes, Épernay and a few regions next to it are exclusive in producing champagne. All the champagne of the world in fact is produced in this region of France! If the “champagne” is produced in other lands, then it won’t be considered as Champagne.

City of ÉpernayFor this reason, Épernay’s economy is based on the land: the production and the distribution of champagne. Épernay is home of famous brands such as Perrier Jouet, Mercier champagne, Demoiselle, Moët & Chandon or Dom Perignon, for example.

All of them are located specifically in one point: the Avenue of the Champagne, where you can find all houses one right next to the other. On this famous avenue, you are encouraged to enter the champagne houses by taking a guided visit, as well as tasting different champagne. Discovering the local producers of champagne is also a good idea, taking into account that you will be able to learn all the procedure of making champagne from them.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

City of ÉpernayYou can walk on the Avenue of the Champagne and see the most famous houses, but perhaps the most interesting is to get out of the city and meet other producers onsite with the help of a private driver to get you there.

We highly recommend that you visit the region of Épernay, not just because of the city (typical french), but for the wines they produce. As we said before, this zone is unique in the world. Don’t you want to know where all the champagne you’ve tried comes from? If you are in France, you should seriously consider a visit!

You can get there with car from Reims or from Paris with a private car. However, some trains are also available from Paris.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: Houses may open from  9 am to 11:30 am and from 2 pm to 4:30 pm

Prices: Free

Access: By car or by train from Paris.

Other sightseeings in the Champagne region

Dom Perignon’s village: Hautvillers

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Moët & Chandon

 

Villandry Castle

Villandry Castle

Specially known for its beautiful gardens, the Villandry castle is one of the most famous buildings in the Loire Valley area. Villandry was built in 1536 by Jean le Breton, Finance Minister of Francis I, the most relevant fact about this castle came when the King Philip II of France once met Richard I of England in the gardens to discuss peace.

WHAT TO SEE?

Enjoy the beautiful green gardens of the Villandry castle. It is the main thing that you will notice: huge, green and tricky gardens around you. Its famous Renaissance gardens include a water garden, ornamental flower gardens and vegetable gardens. Perhaps you may be wondering… and why tricky?  Because of its labyrinth gardens! Yes, here you will be able to get lost in its famous mazed gardens!  We recommend to think it twice before entering to the gardens, just in case…

Villandry Castle

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In addition, the castle itself offers you the chance of visiting a unique buiding. Purchased by Joaquin Carvallo in 1906,  who restored the full property and invested an enormous amount of time and money into repairing it and creating the beautiful gardens. Its style is Renaissance and Neoclassicism.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

The castle is located near the Villandry village. The building hosts more than 330,000 visitors per year, so it is highly recommended to prepare your visit in advance or taking your tickets in advance.

You will be able to enter to the castle and contemplate the both Renaissanse and Neoclassicism styles. The gardens are carefully maintained and colorfull during all the year. Recommended to visit at least once in your life.

Villandry castle

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: 9 am to 5 pm approximately
  • Prices: 10,50€ for gardens plus castle. 8 during winter
  • Access: car or bus. Accessible by motorway and road. It is just nine miles from Tours

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Chenonceau Castle

Chambord Castle

Azay-Le-Rideau Castle

Chenonceau Castle

Chenonceau Castle

The Chenonceau castle had in the past the same name of the region where it stands: Chenonceaux. However, Louise Dupin, owner of the castle in 18th century, changed its name removing the “x” of the name as a symbol of the French Revolution and as an approax to the people.

WHAT TO SEE?

As you may be wondering, this castle has a huge history in its backwards, and played a prominent role in the French history. Do you want to know why this castle is considered “the castle of the ladies?” Let´s take a look back to the history:

Chenonceau castle

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A necessary mention about the castle is the fact that Diane de Poitiers, Duchess of  Valentinois and Étampes, had her residence in the building after the King Henry II gave it to her since she was his favourite secret lover.

In addition, Cataline of Medecis also lived within the big walls of the castle since she took over the management of the castle in the XVI century.

You also will be able to visit La chambre des cinq Reines, a bedroom where up to 5 queens and high rank ladies lived.

Back to its foundation, in 1431, Jean Marques ordered to re-built up the castle after King Charles IV “the Crazy” ordered to throw it down in 1411. However, the castle suffered many modifications and restorations as a result of that many other families lived in the castle during the history. Nevertheless, the building has been well preserved until our days.

In the castle, you will be able to find the bedroom where Diane lived, the work gabinet of Cataline of Medecis,  as well as contemplating the Renaissance style, modyfied and adapted by the most famous owners.

Chenonceau Castle

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HOW TO EXPERIENCE?

Chenonceau castle

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Discover all the history that this castle can tell, go for a walk around the beautiful and green gardens and appreciate the beatiful landmarks that this places offers.

The Diane of Poitiers garden, the Cataline of Medecis garden, and the Laberynth garden are one of the most important and beautiful gardens that you can find in the place, and why not? Around Loire Valley too.

In addition, near the castle you will be able to find a hot air balloon company, it is a good way of contemplating the beautiful landscapes that Chenonceaux region offers, BUT it is not the same company as the castle’s itself and may be really expensive.

Chenenceau castle

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Last but not least, you also will be able to find a guided tour in the site, which is highly recommended to take. But if you prefer to go on your own way, you have also the chance of taking an audio guide of 40 minutes, or 90 minutes for the extended version, available in 11 languages. We recommend to take a guided tour since this castle is one of the most importants of France, as well as it shows a better way to understand some facts about the French history.

 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Hours: From 9am to 5/8 pm depending on the season.

Prices: Adults 12,50€. 9,50€ under 19 and students. Free under 7.

Access: By car or buss.

Additional sightseeings in the Loire Valley

Villandry Castle

Azay-Le-Rideau Castle

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French Foods

10 French Foods You Simply Must Taste!

French cuisine and culinary traditions are long and varied. There is simply no way to take in everything that France’s food culture has to offer in one lifetime, much less a short visit. That said, there are certain foods that every visitor to Paris or elsewhere in France will have to try at least once.

1. Baguette

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No trip to Paris would be complete without trying a delicious French baguette. Freshly baked… maybe toasted… there is nothing quite like this French classic accompanying your favourite cheese, lunch meat, or just a bottle of wine.

Baguettes in France are notoriously cheap and at many places can be bought for less than a full euro! We recommend you get yours at a local bakery to get the best experience!

 

2. Macarons

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Little explanation need be given to justify the inclusion of these colourful, delicious treats into our list of 10 French Foods you simply must taste. The Macaron is a meringue based treat made with egg white, icing sugar, and almond powder. They are often filled with ganache, butter creme, or jam. The multitude of flavours they come in means you will never get sick of this fantastic French treat!

3. Escargot

French Foods

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While perhaps not something that initially jumps out as a delicious thing to try, escargot is, in reality, quite amazing and can be prepared in so many different ways. The snails are usually cooked in garlic butter, chicken soup or a wine. After this the meat is returned to the snails shell and a sauce is put on top. Special forks to extract the meat will be provided to you at most restaurants. This is truly one of the more classic, and sophisticated french foods that you must try!

 

4. Croissant

Often times the best experiences in life are the ones that are most simple. For example, walking past a bakery window early one morning in Paris and smelling these pastries is a truly unrivaled experience. The croissant is delicious any time of day, however, they are commonly enjoyed as a part of the French “petite dejeuner”. Similar bakes pastries such as pain au chocolate make for an equally fantastic treat.

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5. French Cheese

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Of all the French foods that we recommend to you on this list, there may in fact be nothing better than the wide assortment of cheeses that are found within the country. From bries, to blues…. there really is a cheese out there that will satisfy everyones own specific tastes. The next time you find yourself in a Parisian café, try ordering a charcuterie board to experience several of them.

6. Crêpes

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Whether savoury or sweet, a crêpe is perfect for breakfast, lunch or even just a quick snack on the go. The classic french recipe calls for a crêpe to have butter and sugar within it, but we would suggest you do not limit yourself to just this. Here in Paris there are many crêperies and many of these places will prepare your crêpe right in front of you, putting on them whatever you might like. For a tasty dessert crêpe, we recommend trying one wrapped around Nutella!’

7. Croque Monsieur

French Foods

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This delicious sandwich is perfect for those needing a quick, affordable meal that is both delicious and satisfying. The Croque Monsieur is simply a baked or fried ham and cheese sandwich usually served on a brioche like bread. Throw a poached egg on top of that and you have yourself a Croque Madame… Considered by French café culture to be more of a quick snack than a meal, these are perfect for those wanting to take a quick respite from exploring to refuel. We highly recommend you enjoy this delicious French food with a little bit of mustard to give it that extra kick.

8. Crème Brûlée

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No one does crème Brûlée justice quite like the French do. For a marvellous dessert, look no further than this. Crème Brûlée is delicious and will make the perfect conclusion to any meal. Served in a small dish, the base of this tasty French food is made of a custard, usually flavoured with vanilla, and topped off with a hard layer of caramel. Sweet-tooth or not… this is a must try treat for anyone hoping to truly experience the diversity and culinary excellence found in France.

9. Foie Gras

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For a true delicacy look no further than this savoury French specialty. Foie Gras is essentially just a goose or duck liver that has been fattened intentionally. The flavour is often described as being rich, buttery and delicate. For anyone looking to sample a luxury food, look no further. This image here shows foie gras served with green onions in a duck jus. Delicious!

 

 

 

10. The Wine!

French Foods

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Finally, while technically not a food… we couldn’t find it in our hearts to leave this one out. When visiting France, you would be doing yourself a huge disservice by not trying the wine. Wine in France is quite literally often times cheaper than water. France, being one of the worlds largest producers of wine, is bound to have a bottle of vin to suit everyone’s specific taste preferences. So tour a wine cellar, explore a vineyard… or just kick back at a café with your favourite red and watch the world go by.

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A Classification of French Restaurants in Paris

 

 

 

UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2016

Football is one of the most popular sport in the world. The UEFA Euro is a football competition among European countries, occurring every 4 years.  The UEFA Euro 2016 is the third time, after 1960 and 1984, that France was chosen to organize this competition, and it is one of the reason why France had chosen “Rendez-vous” as a slogan, what also refer to the fact that many countries are meeting again.

The UEFA 2016 will kick-off on June 10th and end on July 10th. UEFA Euro 2016 logoThe first match, opposing France and Romania, will be held at the Stade de France, located in Saint Denis near Paris. 10 cities will host the matches: Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Lens, Marseille, Saint-Etienne, Nice, Toulouse, Saint-Denis and Lille. For now, Spain and Germany own a record, with three victories each. France won the prestigious trophy twice already, and winning the competition this year would allow it to join Spain and Germany in the circle of the 3-time winners.

This season holds a lot of new surprises. First, unlike the last competition where 16 countries participated, this year 24 countries are qualified. To be noted: Gibraltar had it first chance to participate to the Euro this year, but although the country made it to the qualifications,  it unfortunately lost at the door of the competition.

UEFA Euro 2016 mascot, Super Victor

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The mascot of the UEFA Euro 2016 is a young boy with a red cap and football jersey. A vote of the fans decided it would be named Super Victor, name that won over otherslike Goalix and Driblou. Every competition needs an anthem, the famous French DJ David Guetta was given this task. The anthem will surely be as successful as his career!

And as for every competition, the winning country will bring home a trophy! For each type of competition, the trophy has a different name; for the UEFA Euro, it’s the Henri Delaunay trophy, created by Henri Delaunay himself, a French football administrator.

The Euro 2020 will be special as the UEFA will celebrate its 60th anniversary.

If you want more information about the UEFA Euro 2016, feel free to check the official website.

Preparing your visit to Paris and France? Check these articles:

Top 10 Attractions in Paris

3 Areas among the Best to Stay in During Your Trip to Paris

Things to eat in Paris

 

 

Travel to France

Travel to France using our selection of tips

Book a package with us when you travel to France

You’re planning to travel to France and you don’t know where to begin? This comprehensive list by ParisByM will surely make your planning easier and relieve some of that unneeded stress that doesn’t belong near a vacation!

Big Tip: If you book a travel package with ParisByM, we can help you with most of your preparations and book your accommodation, transportation (to and from the airport as well as getting around the city), and activities while in France.

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Practical information:

Before you travel to France, it’s important to read this post. It might just help you out if you’re ever in a pickle : this article includes tips on traveling to France with your passport, getting a cell phone travel data plan, calling back home from France, and the currency/exchange rate. Make sure to check the most recent exchange rate before leaving home. If you’re not from Europe, beware, prices in euros can appear better than they are back home. For smartphone users, there are a few free currency conversion apps that do the math for you: try XE Currency or Currency Convert.

Health:

Purchasing travel insurance is a must when travelling anywhere. The easiest way to do so, if possible, is to organize your travel insurance with your pre-existing health or illness coverage. ParisByM can help you find and book the coverage that you need.

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Accommodation:

If you’re traveling to Paris, save yourself some time and trouble and take a look at ParisByM’s Paris hotel guide. We can even do the booking for you. If you’re looking for a hotel that is more budget friendly, then read our post on how to find a cheap accommodation in ParisFor booking a hotel outside of Paris, a good tip is to compare hotel rates online. Metropolasia.com has a tool for that. If you choose a ParisByM vacation package, hotel booking is included and it’s based on your preferences and budget.

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Hôtel Meurice.

Transportation:

While in Paris, it’s easier to go everywhere and anywhere by metro or train. No need to rent a car. All you need is a pass which can include transportation to and from the airport. You can even purchase a metro and train pass ahead of time. It becomes active the second you use it. Go here for more details. Outside of Paris, it’s best to rent a car. You can find these car rental companies at most airports in France: Budget, Hertz and Europcar. Our packages also include booking any and all of your transportation.

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What to see and do in France:

When you travel to France, it can be difficult to plan your itinerary with so many beautiful sights to see and places to go. Just take a look at the no fuss packages that ParisByM has to offer in and outside of Paris. We have a few day trips from Paris to some of the most enchanting spots in France: Reims, Loire Valley and Champagne.

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Château De Chambord – Loire Valley

By planning ahead and using our tips and tricks when you travel to France, coupled with one or more of our travel and vacation packages – you are sure to have the trip and vacation of a lifetime!