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Honeymoon in France

France boasts a variety of activities to keep your travel itinerary exciting. Whether you prefer golf, wine tastings, or antiques, we’ll help you diversify your experiences.

Top French cities

Aix-en-Provence

Historical capital of Provence, university town, town of art with an extremely rich heritage and architecture, Aix-en-Provence invites you to stroll. The Cours Mirabeau with its terraces, the countryside of Aix-en-Provence nearby, the numerous cultural activities and sports are the main attractions of this dynamic town.

aix_provenceThe gentle way of life, the incomparable light fascinated the artists and the beautiful countryside of Aix-en-Provence inspired the painter, Paul Cézanne, for a lifetime.

Located in the centre of one of the most touristic areas of Europe, Aix is an ideal place to start discovering the Provence. You'll appreciate the quality of the region: the Camargue, the Luberon, the Alpilles, and the Mediterranean coast. All these tourist places can be visited during a day-excursion.

The access provided by the new TGV-station of Aix-en-Provence and the numerous air links make Aix-en-Provence an essential destination for short trips. In high season, but also in spring, in autumn or during our traditional Christmas holidays it's nice to enjoy the blue sky and the mildness of Provence.

Amiens

Amiens, the magic of colours.

From the top of the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral, you feel like you can touch the Eiffel Tower, the towers of London or the cliffs of the Cotentin Peninsula…

Whether your interest lies in old buildings and history, you are a culture vulture, a sports fan, a contemplator of nature or simply like to stroll around daydreaming, Amiens works its charms on everyone.

Not to be missed:

  • Notre-Dame Cathedral (listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco)
  • The marshland canals, the floating market gardens to discover by boatangers
  • The Jules Verne museum in his former home
  • The Saint-Leu district, its canals, its waterborne market, its terraces and antique dealers
  • The Museum of Picardy
  • Specialities: macaroons, chocolate biscuits, ficelle picarde (savoury pancake), gâteau battu (a sugared brioche)

Angers

Angers is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The city is renowned for the wealth of its heritage.

Make the most of the magnificent viewpoint over the Maine river from the chateau d’Angers, the most heavily fortified and imposing castle in the Loire valley. It houses the monumental Apocalypse tapestry, the largest medieval tapestry in the world.

A stroll in the city center offers the opportunity to discover prestigious museums (Fine Arts museum, Jean Lurçat museum, David d’Angers Gallery) and many other points of interest, like the Gothic St-Maurice Cathedral, the “Maison d’Adam” half-timbered craftsmen’s house.

The city appeals to the visitors not only for its remarkable historic district, but also through its vibrant pedestrian streets, an inescapable rendezvous for shopping fans. The area is well-known for its mild climate and celebrated in the French expression “la douceur angevine”

Just around Angers, you may explore glorious chateaux and prestigious vineyards following the “Loire by bike” itinerary.

Avignon

Just 2.40 hours from Paris on the high-speed TGV, and 45 minutes from Marseilles airport, Avignon is the ideal location to explore Provence. Near the Mediterranean, in the heart of the Provence countryside, Avignon is your base to discover the infinite variety of Provence – the Alpilles, the Luberon, Camargue… larger cities such as Marseille, Nîmes or Aix-en-Provence, the unique landscapes in the Baux de Provence or the ochre quarries in Roussillon, the lavender roads, the olive groves… all this and more is possible within a radius of 100 km around Avignon!

And Avignon itself means the rich historical and cultural heritage of the past and the thriving city of today. A city of art, Avignon was the capital of Christianity in the 14th century, and proudly retains unrivalled heritage from this prestigious time: chapels, churches, the ramparts and above all the Palace of the Popes, magnificent Gothic palace which was home to the popes in the 14th century, and the famous Pont d’Avignon, sung the world over in the beloved children’s song, both part of UNESCO’s World Heritage.

Avignon also means Provencal cuisine and Côtes du Rhône wines, to discover and enjoy and the place for shopping, discovery and lifestyle.

Avignon invites you to share its lifestyle and superb heritage.

Bordeaux

bordeauxBordeaux is located in the south-west part of the country, in the heart of the largest fine wine region in the world. Bordeaux is a city of art, culture and history which has extraordinary 18th century architecture included on the World Heritage List of UNESCO and exceptional surroundings.

France’s 5th city, it is 1 hour from Paris by air and 3 hours by train (TGV). It is blessed with an oceanic, mild and temperate climate, and temperatures varying between 10 and 25 degrees according to the season.

This port-city is situated on the banks of the river Garonne, 100 km from the mouth of the largest estuary in France, Bordeaux is a stop-over destination for many cruise ships and organises great events on its banks such as the “Bordeaux Wine Festival” and “Bordeaux River Festival” in alternate years in the last weekend of June.

In the 18th century, genius intendants, town-planners and architects built an exceptional architectural entity and Bordeaux gained the nickname “little Paris”.

Bordeaux offers an attractive lifestyle: the famous Bordeaux wines, synonymous with quality, can be found at the tables of classy restaurants or cosy bistros. Anything you could possibly wish for in the way of shopping and haute-couture, including boutiques with the most famous French luxury brands (Vuitton, Hermès, Cartier, Chanel, Dior, Givenchy, Lacroix, Saint Laurent…).

We have 57 “appellations d’origine contrôlée” which produce 800 million bottles of Bordeaux red, dry or sweet white, rosé, “clairet” and “crémant” wine per year. Wine-tasting, wine-courses, excursions from Bordeaux, wine-museums… we offer you a whole world of wine.

Dijon

dijonChosen by the Dukes of Burgundy as the capital of a dynasty as influential as the kings of France in the Middle Ages, Dijon is now a dynamic city. It has conserved its immensely rich architectural heritage: lavishly decorated town houses, marvellous churches, half-timbered houses, polychrome varnished tiles, 17th century mansions, gargoyles, the winding streets of the medieval town… Dijon’s historic centre covers 97 hectares! It’s like being dropped into a historical novel where every page fascinates. So, forget about being organised, forget about mapping out routes and itineraries, and just wander. It’s a compact, pedestrian-friendly area and a joy to discover on foot, following the “Owl’s Trail”. The Palais des Ducs with its various wings and courtyards is as good a place as any to start. The most fascinating part contains the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the richest art museums in France.

Gluttony, as it happens, is something Dijonnais know all about. It prides itself as a gastronomic centre, with gingerbread, the blackcurrant liqueur Cassis and, of course, Dijon mustard as home-grown, health-giving delicacies.

Situated on the way between Paris and the French Riviera, Dijon can be reached by TGV in 1h 40 min from Paris. Nearly 4,000 rooms, from a youth hostel to 4* Chateau-hotels, offer a comfortable basis for city breaks and the discovery of the famous Burgundy wines and gastronomy.

Le Havre

Le Havre was built in 1517 by King François I. In July 2005 UNESCO added the city centre of Le Havre to its World Heritage List. The city was rebuilt by Auguste Perret, who was a major 20th century architect and a “poet in concrete”, unconventional and innovative. The city centre of Le Havre is the first 20th century European urban complex to be granted that prestigious distinction.

lehavreA seaside resort. Only a few steps from the city centre, the 2 kilometres long beach, offers many facilities for leisure activities and sports. From April to September, restaurants and bars with terraces turned to the sea and facing South, are set on the beach promenade.

The birthplace of Impressionism. Painters attracted by the particular light over the estuary, used to paint landscapes in Le Havre and it gave birth to many famous paintings including “Impression, Sunrise”, from Claude Monet. This painting gave its name to the Impressionist movement. Not to be missed: the Malraux museum presenting the first Impressionist collection in France after Paris.

Also a watersport resort and City of Art and History, Le Havre has easy access. Two hours away from Paris, by train (from St-Lazare), or by road, Le Havre is situated in the heart of Normandy a few kilometres away from internationally famous places like Deauville, Honfleur, Etretat…

Lille

lilleAt only 80 minutes from London, 1 hour from Paris and 33 minutes from Brussels with Eurostar or TGV high-speed trains, Lille is an ideal destination for a short break. Flemish, Burgundian and then Spanish before becoming French, Lille has an outstanding architectural wealth. A trading city since medieval times, a citadel under Louis XIV, a hive of industry during the 19th century and a city of ambition during the 20th century, Lille today offers a blend of faces of the past and of the future.

The Euralille area is a pole of architectural audacity, and Lille South has become a fashion district where young designers have their own workshops. With the lille3000 bi-annual festival, the city looks towards the future, and the whole town is transformed by contemporary creations and cultures from all over the world. Lille was European Capital of Culture in 2004, and has become a true benchmark in this field. A heaven for art: from the Fine Arts Museum to the Opera, from ballets to concerts, culture is part and parcel of life every day

Lille, capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, is proud of its festive traditions and its gastronomy. Lille is the right size for easy living, and Northerners’ generous and warm nature make visitors feel welcome. All year round people are delighted by this unique mixture of Flemish traditions and French “art de vivre”.

Lyon

That you can walk through 2,000 years of history, stroll through the different neighborhoods chosen by UNESCO as a part of World Heritage, and see everything from Roman architecture to today’s boldest creations.

That the Museums with all their different specialties: silk, cinematography, fine arts, the French resistance, printing, and sometimes surprising themes: models and film decors not forgetting the murals, located in areas that testify to Lyon’s architectural wealth over the centuries.

That there is always something interesting going on: the biennial dance and modern art festivals. Even in the heart of winter, the city lights up and simply buzzes with life during the Festival of Lights, Lyon’s biggest and most popular celebration.

That you can go shopping in total peace of mind, in the heart of the “Presqu'île”, from luxury shops to fashionable boutiques, or into creators’ workshops.

lyonThat you can succumb to the charm of a calm evening, in the joyful atmosphere of a Mediterranean city by dining on a boat cruising gently on the Rhone and the Saone down to the confluence.

That you can taste cuisine from the world over, from the traditional Lyon “bouchons” to the most original “brasseries”, or savor the gourmet delights of our multi-starred restaurants.

That you can fly direct to Lyon from New York on Delta and are connected to Paris with the TGV in 2 hours.

Marseille

The city offers its visitors the authenticity of its 26 centuries of history, the friendliness of its inhabitants and the riches of its heritage. Come and explore the city, discover the project Euromediterranee, enjoy its mellow lifestyle, visit its museums and its exceptionally beautiful rocky creeks. Marseille, the charm of those towns you can never forget.

When we talk about Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region), we have a whole host of images of the city whose history covers the broad span between Antiquity and the 21st Century. Marseille has always surprised the visitor and aroused a sense of attachment.

The sky, the light, the climate and the Mediterranean coastline, which together form a sort of chorus, construct a landscape that is either rugged or harmonious, depending on the mood of the Mistral.

Coveted and envied for its geographical position, this Southern city, occasionally ill-favoured by rumour, has worked hard to become a metropolitan centre.

marseilleMarseille looks to the future, but also cultivates its traditions. It retains its balance by combining present and future without renouncing the heritage of the past.

Do you want to see, smell and listen to this lively city with its new destiny? Enthusiasm is expressed and gives wings to travellers who are sensitive to the attractions laid out by a still modest Marseille.

Metz

Set in a ring of gardens and lakes, the historic old town is quintessentially European, combining haute couture with urban elegance with the inauguration of the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2010, the new highpoint of contemporary art. Close to three international borders (with Germany, Luxemburg and Belgium), capital of the Lorraine Region, Greater Metz has a population of 400,000, and is only 82 mins from Paris with the TGV (high-speed train).

Metz is an architectural cameo: Gallo-Roman remains, a medieval old town, 18th century squares, the 1900 Imperial District, the contemporary Amphitheatre District, Metz is several very different districts that blend in perfect harmony.

metzWinner of the French and European Flowered City Competitions, Metz is one of the greenest cities in France (25m2 per resident). As night falls the city comes on stage and thanks to its illuminations becomes the larger-than-life star of the show. Metz recently won the National Grand Prix for Lighting awarded by the National Academy of Street Arts.

Enjoy the Dolce Vita at the terrace cafés and in the tea-rooms, the friendly atmosphere in the markets…offering a fabulous, relaxed way of life. A number of highly reputed restaurants offer local cuisine and inventive gourmet dishes. Metz, a shopping city to the core, has also many places of interest that will satisfy all tastes and ages, and entertainments and events all year round (Mirabelle Festival, Christmas market…).

Montpellier

Capital of the Languedoc Roussillon region, just 11 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is the ideal place to discover an exciting city closely surrounded by some of the most prestigious Unesco World Heritage sites.

montpellierMontpellier is an example of carefully controlled city planning that is unique in Europe, with its modern Antigone and Port Marianne districts and dynamic Odysseum edutainment zone built by today’s leading international architects. Its modernism, in no way, detracts from the richness of the city’s 1,000 year history: 70 fabulous courtyards in 17th - 19th century private mansions, the oldest still-active Faculty of Medicine in the western world, medieval streets lined with boutiques, where High Street brand names sit side-by-side with quaint shops full of the charm of yesteryear, colourful stalls filled with the freshest fruits and vegetables at the open market beneath the arches of the city’s aqueduct and on the central Esplanade plaza.

Montpellier is also privileged to host one of the richest fine arts collections in Europe, with its recently renovated Fabre museum, plus numerous events, world-class international festivals, unparalleled fine dining and a tradition of great wines. In addition to its cultural appeal, Montpellier is a place where many people go to learn French. The city is well-known for its high quality teaching in many fields, ranging from medicine to extraordinary talent in violin-making.

Get ready for great times, a parade of events and activities, luxury stays and exciting outings in the heart of one of France’s youngest-feeling cities. Montpellier is all about passion, emotion, laughter and smiles. Above all, it is a destination where the quality of life is high. More than ever, Montpellier is an Attractive City to see and enjoy.

Mulhouse

The main city of Southern Alsace (Eastern France), located close to the famous Alsatian Wine Route as well as Germany and Switzerland, Mulhouse invites you to enjoy its many cultural treasures.

Discover the pedestrian historic centre, the place de la Réunion with medieval houses and colourful façades, the Rhineland Renaissance style Town Hall, the Temple Saint-Etienne (Protestant church) with 14th century old stained-glass windows and of course the most prestigious technical museums in Europe, such as the Cité de l'Automobile (Automobile Museum) – Schlumpf Collection, the Cité du Train (Railway Museum) or the Ecomusée (open-air museum).

Mulhouse is festive all year round with a Christmas market in December located in the heart of the city centre, an international Carnival in February/March, a contemporary art exhibition (Mulhouse 00.) in June or the famous Automobile Festival that brings more than 1,000 vintage cars together (July).

mulhouseTaste the famous Alsatian cuisine in the city's numerous restaurants, not forgetting Alsace wines which offer a very rich palette of flavors. It is very easy to get to Mulhouse thanks to its international airport (EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg) and thanks to the TGV (high-speed train) which puts Mulhouse only 3 hours away from Paris.

Nancy

Nancy is famous all over the world for the quality of its magnificent period buildings (Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d’Alliance) classed by UNESCO as part of our World Heritage since 1983.

Now completely renovated, further embellished and pedestrian-only, Place Stanislas has long been considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

nancyNancy also has a number of superb museums, and monuments built over the centuries, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including many fine examples of Art Nouveau.

Nancy is also a gourmet’s delight. Its culinary specialities and local products are well known. Everyone has heard of its famous bergamots and macaroons, quiches and Mirabelle plums, but many other regional dishes are well worth discovering, and often have their own history or particular anecdotes that add to the flavour!

Nancy has a thriving artistic and cultural life with a national reputation: the opera, the ballet, a symphony and lyric orchestra, a centre of dramatic art... It has three universities with 45,000 students. Greater Nancy is a rapidly-expanding, dynamic and attractive conurbation with a population of 330,000. It is also a particularly verdant city that has made a major effort to maintain its attractive environment in the midst of the many changes taking place. Starting 10 June 2007, Nancy is 90 minutes from Paris and from Charles de Gaulle Airport by the high speed train (TGV), and 50 minutes from Strasbourg.

The 4-star Nancy Tourist Office will be delighted to assist you and provide all the information you may need to make the most of your visit. It also offers a range of tourist products to suit all tastes and budgets, however long you choose to stay!

Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Regional Airport is around 30 minutes from Nancy by road. Nancy is on the main north-south and east-west motorways in Europe. Nancy is 90 minutes from Paris and from Charles de Gaulle Airport by the high speed train (TGV), and 50 minutes from Strasbourg.

Nantes

The capital of the west of France has lots of treats in store for you. In 2009: Château des ducs de Bretagne, Loire Estuaire, International Flower Show and Machines de l'île.

For history fans, there's a heritage marked by the seal of Anne of Brittany and the great maritime adventures of the 18th century; for thrill-seekers, there's a host of cultural and festive events you've never seen before; and for people who live life to its full, this is a fantastic city which knows how to share its best.

nantesA classified "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire", the old capital of the Duke of Brittany has a lot of wonderful surprises to amaze you, all starting with its castle. The construction of the chateau was inaugurated in 1466 by François II, the last duke of the fiercely independent Brittany, and later completed by his daughter, the Duchess Anne. A few steps away, the majestic gothic cathedral holds the astonishing tomb of François II.

The 15th century ducal residence is now home to the brand new Nantes History Museum, with over 800 objects exhibited in a contemporary display setting. Full of life and energy, the castle hosts temporary exhibitions, cultural events, various activities, a restaurant and a gift & bookshop.

It was on the Ile Feydeau that the richest ship owners had their buildings erected. Often likened to a wrecked ship of stone, the Ile Feydeau still seems to undulate along the boulevards which have replaced the Loire.

The Nantes Musée des Beaux-Arts fine arts museum is a top class cultural showcase. This magnificent late 19th century building houses, around a massive and luminous central patio, one of the finest collections in France. Guided tours and children's entertainments are available.

The switched-on city - The nights of Nantes are said to be endless.

Nice

In the heart of a remarkable natural site ranking among the most visited in the world, Nice, Capital of the French Riviera, located at just a few kilometers from Cannes and Monaco, offers a wide diversity. In this natural environment of astonishing richness and with its gentle climate all seasons are ideal for exceptional itineraries. No matter how many times you come to Nice, remember there is still another way to discover our city!

Between the sea and the mountains - Nice is just an hour’s drive from the ski-slopes – the city cultivates the irresistable and authentic charm of a French Mediterranean city and offers an unlimited variety of activities and visits. Its famous Baie des Anges and Promenade des Anglais stretching over 7km of beaches, its animated city centre with its pedestrian shopping areas, its old city with its quaint narrow streets, colourful market places and small crafts shops all invite you to discover them.

Nice enjoys an exceptional microclimate that has made its renown for nearly two centuries. Open to the sea, the climate is always mild with an average temperature of 54° Fahrenheit.

Nimes

Set on the Roman Domitian Way running from Spain to Italy, Nîmes is a town like none other… Blessed by the gods, Nîmes boats exceptional sunshine: 300 days per year! This particularly attractive geographic situation was certainly not overlooked when the city was founded 2,000 years ago. Nîmes was one of the major colonies of the Roman world and still houses some of the greatest works of Roman art: the amphitheatre, which is one of the best preserved in the world; the Pont du Gard, part of the Roman aqueduct built for Nîmes, the Magne Tower and the Square-House, a temple devoted to youth.

But Nîmes is not only a Roman town. Today, Nîmes is resolutely turned towards the future. The town features the talent of some of the most internationally-renowned architects of their time: Lord Norman Foster for the Carré d’Art, Jean Nouvel, Jean-Michel Wilmotte, Philippe Stark, Vittorio Gregotti and many others.

Nîmes does not mean only history and heritage: it is also “a way-of life”. A southern town, a blend of Latin and Andalusian, Nîmes cultivates the “art of good living” and shares its pleasures with the visitor in the street and at mealtimes.

A typical feature of Nîmes is its liveliness, wherever you are in the centre. Shops, galleries, antique dealers, boutiques and other interesting features are spread throughout the town and the visitor can always be sure of a warm welcome.

Paris

Paris is a capital that offers an excellent lifestyle. There is a wide range of accommodation options, lots of restaurants and plenty of different activities: you can take to the streets on a bicycle or on rollerblades, recharge your batteries in one of the parks and gardens, and one nights out...

Eiffel Tower - Trocadero. This is undoubtedly one of the most famous monuments in the world. Gustave Eiffel designed the 324-meter, 10,100-ton Eiffel Tower in1889 for the World’s Fair, where it was the star attraction. Information, historical and technical explanations on all three levels, Gustave Eiffel's offices on the third level. Viewpoint indicator on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

parisArc de Triomphe - Champs Elysées. arctriompheA unique panoramic view over the Champs-Elysées; the most beautiful avenue in the world. The Arc de Triomphe was built in 1806 at the instigation of Napoleon I.

Place de la Concorde - Place de la Madelaine - Place des Vosges - Rue Rivoli. A stroll through Le Marais without visiting Place des Vosges would be like going to the Champs Elysées without seeing the Arc de Triomphe! It is elegant with a classically French style, and is a pure and unique example of early 17th century architecture. Inside the square, the splendid fountains still have the name of King Louis XIII who was in power when the square was completed in the 1600s.

Invalides - Pont des Invalides. One of the most majestic achievements of Louis XIV, the jewel of which is the Dome des Invalides decorated with 550,000 sheets of gold leaf. It houses the tomb of the Emperor Napoleon I. It is home to the largest museum of military history in the world, with collections extending from medieval times to the end of the Second World War.

notredameNotre Dame de Paris. Immortalized in Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece enhanced by delicate stone filigree work. Before you enter the nave and admire the fine stained-glass windows, some of which date back to the Middle Ages, don’t forget to look up at the ghoulish gargoyles that adorn the roof gutters of the building. You can also climb to the top of the bell-tower for unparalleled views of the city.

Panthéon. A building devoted to the memory of the great men and women of French history since the Revolution.

Place de la Bastille. This is where the Bastille prison once stood until the famous Storming of the Bastille and the prison’s subsequent destruction between July 14, 1789 and July 14, 1790. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille. The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) commemorates the events of the July Revolution (1830) and stands at the center of the square. Other notable features include the Bastille Opera, the Bastille subway station and a section of the Canal Saint Martin. The north-eastern area of Bastille is busy at night thanks to its many cafés, bars, night clubs, and concert halls. Because of its historical significance, the square is often used for political demonstrations.

operaOpéra National de Paris, the Palais Garnier. A 19th century architectural masterpiece famous throughout the world. A temple to opera and choreography, the richness of its architecture and sumptuously decorated interior are amazing.

Montmatre - Sacré Coeur. This church was built from 1875 onwards in a Romano-Byzantine style. Before entering the Sacré-Cœur, enjoy the unobstructed view of Paris from the square in front of the basilica.

Tour Montparnasse. The finest view of Paris! The top of this 210-metre tower affords a view across Paris and beyond, as far as 40 km on a clear day. The fastest lift in Europe will carry you to a height of 196m in 38 seconds, from where you will have a unique view over the most beautiful city in the world. Photographic galleries, interactive terminals, multimedia show, viewpoint indicators.

La Conciergerie (crucial site in the French Revolution), Catacombes, Saint-Chapelle (Ile de la Cité)...

Museums

The Louvre Museum, Versailles Château, Orsay Museum, Saint-Denis Basilica and the Fontainebleau Château are all just a small part of what makes Paris Ile-de-France the most beautiful museum in the world.

Between cultural visits and entertainment possibilities, there are ample opportunities to take advantage of your stay and discover the very best in festive entertainment and leisure activity: shows, Parisian reviews, operas, not to mention shopping, sports and more.

louvreLouvre

The Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, the Victory of Samothrace... you will find all these masterpieces in the Louvre, the most famous museum in the world! In the heart of Paris, this former palace of the Kings of France, a museum since 1793, with over 35,000 works on display, holds the largest collections of art from the ancient world, Western Art and Islamic Art, up to the mid 19th century. Worth a visit: the Tuileries Gardens (the oldest in Paris) and Carrousel Gardens.

Facilities & Information: map/ plan in Simplified Chinese, Welcome leaflet, publications, DVD ROM, wide variety of gifts and souvenirs. Lots of cafés and restaurants.

Musée d’Orsay

The biggest Impressionist collection in the world! This is one of the most famous museums in the world both for its collections and the unusual nature of the building. Constructed in 1900, Orsay station, with its large glass roof and top lighting offers unparalleled light levels. 4,000 works from all the fine arts from 1848 to 1914 covering this decisive period in the history of art. All the great artists are represented here - Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Millet, Courbet, Rodin, etc.

Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

The Jardin des Plantes (botanical gardens): a magnificent listed garden in the heart of Paris. Enjoy a stroll through one of the world’s oldest zoological gardens and its original exhibition galleries presenting the evolution of life.

The Musée de l’Homme (museum of mankind): A prestigious museum which decodes the characteristics of our species.

Parc Zoologique de Paris (zoological gardens): one of the most famous zoos in France. A 15-hectare wooded park where you can see nearly 600 animals at close quarters. Arboretum de Chèvreloup: the living museum of the tree.

Muséum of Montmatre

Located close to the Place du Tertre and the Montmartre vineyard, dances and cabarets and famous artists, through paintings, drawings, posters, sculptures, and objects.

Musée Jacquemart- André - Culturespaces

A unique collection in Paris at the heart of Italian Renaissance, masterpieces of the 18th century French School and the Flemish Masters in a sumptuous mansion: Fragonard, Boucher, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Ucello, Mantegna.

Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme

The only museum in France presenting the history of the Jewish people from the Middle Ages to the 20th century through its artistic and cultural heritage. It accords a special place to the history of Jews in France, but also touches on the Jewish communities of Europe and North Africa. Cultural objets d’art, manuscripts, jewellery, sculptures, paintings (Chagall, Modigliani, Soutine).

Musée Guimet

The largest museum of Asian art in Europe! One of the twelve top French museums visited by President Hu Jintao in 2004. Priceless collection of 45,000 works of art from seventeen countries: paintings, frescoes and rare Chinese porcelain, to be seen only in Paris!

Musée de la Parfumerie Fragonard

Two splendid Fragonard perfume museums in Paris, where you can see the biggest collection of perfume-related objects in the world. A wide range of perfumery goods, cosmetics, soaps, etc. Free guided tour (30 mins) in several languages including English and Chinese at all our establishments.

Musée Picasso

The Picasso Museum is located in the Hôtel Salé, a mid-17th century private mansion in the heart of the Marais district. The museum shows how Picasso’s work evolved as he experimented with different styles, going from ink drawings to his blue and pink periods and finally sculpture.

Shopping in Paris

shoppingParis is the world capital of fashion; not just because of haute couture, but also because you will find exactly what you’re looking for in each arrondissement. In Paris you’ll find all the latest trends, the latest fashion accessories, but also everything you need to develop your own style. Currently, Parisians are favoring a hippie, “nomad” look, which combines style and nonchalance. This style comes from different trends: the bohemian bourgeois style, called “Bobo,” which is very present in the capital, but also the vintage renaissance and the desire to buy ethical brands or organic clothing.

  • Fashion from A to Z in the Grands Magasins
  • Luxury Shopping
  • Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré
  • Les Halles, the temple of street-wear
  • Le Marais lives up to the hype
  • Saint-Germain Color
  • Between Nation and Gare de l'Est: the fashion of the streets

french_cuisineCuisine 

The French elevated cooking to a culinary art that has influenced the entire world's cuisine and even the way we talk about food.

Paris and Île-de-France are central regions where almost anything from the country is available, as all train lines meet in the city. Over 9,000 restaurants exist in Paris and almost any cuisine can be had here. High-quality Michelin Guide rated restaurants proliferate here.

France generated a mosaic of regions, counties, and “terroirs” (areas with specific soil characteristics). Over the centuries, they spawned a vast array of agricultural riches that formed the basis of bountiful and savory French Regional Food and cooking using only high quality ingredients. France is intent on preserving these regional cuisines to maintain an incomparable anthology of savors and aromas for all.

french-wine-mapWine Regions

  • Alsace
  • Armagnac
  • Beaujolais
  • Bergerac
  • Bordeaux
  • Bourgogne
  • Champagne
  • Cognac et Pineau des Charentes
  • Corse
  • Jura
  • Languedoc
  • Provence
  • Roussillon
  • Savoie
  • Sud-Ouest
  • Val de Loire
  • Vallée du Rhône

Source: us.franceguide.com/

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