Destinations

Réunion

island in the Indian Ocean, overseas region of France

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Montpellier

city in Hérault, France

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Rouen

Rouen is the capital of the French region of Upper Normandy on the River Seine, 135 km northwest from the centre of Paris. The city has a population of 110,000 and its metropolitan area includes some 520,000 inhabitants. It is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, but the main reason for visiting is its incredible cathedral that inspired Monet to paint over 30 canvases. Rouen was the home of the author, Gustave Flaubert.

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Nîmes

Prefecture and commune in Occitanie, France

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Aix-en-Provence

Subprefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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Avignon

Prefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

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Caen

Caen is the capital of the Calvados department in northern France. With a population of 115,000, it is the largest city in Lower Normandy.

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Honfleur

Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Calvados, Lower Normandy. It is still active as a fishing port and marina. The town has preserved many historic and traditional buildings and houses some interesting museums, churches and monuments.

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Paris

capital and largest city of France

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Le Havre

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in the region of Upper Normandy in France.

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Strasbourg

commune in Bas-Rhin, France

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Giverny

Giverny is a small French village 80 km to the west of the capital city Paris, within the valley of the river Seine and the northern region of Upper Normandy. The village is best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Most attractions are closed for winter (November-March).

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French Riviera

Located on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth.

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Centre-Val de Loire

Centre-Val de Loire is a large inland region of central France located to the south-west of the French capital Paris. The name reflects the fact that much of this region embraces the renowned valley of the river Loire. The region is known for its fine historical towns, its vineyards and agricultural produce and its many beautiful castles (châteaux).

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Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez is a town in the French Riviera.

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Hauts-de-France

Hauts-de-France is the northernmost region of France, located to the north of the French capital Paris and situated on the English Channel at the point closest to England. The region also fronts much of the French border with Belgium. The area is sadly known for its central part in the trench warfare of the First World War (1914-1918), perhaps most notoriously the Battle of the Somme, which lasted four and a half months during which more than one million men and women lost their lives. Unsurprisingly, Hauts-de-France hosts a large number of battlefields, war cemeteries and memorials. Less well-known, but still worth your time are the region's many belfries and Gothic churches, and the remnants of France's industrial heartland. Hauts-de-France was created in 2016 by merging Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy.

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Èze

Èze is a village in Provence, France, between Nice and Monaco.

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Pays de la Loire

The Pays de la Loire is an extensive region of north-western France to the west and south-west of Paris, separated from it by the adjoining region of Centre-Val de Loire with which it shares many affinities. Both regions border on the Loire Valley and host famous châteaux. The Pays de la Loire is somewhat more diverse, however, and has a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, forming the northern part of the Bay of Biscay, within the area known as the Vendée.

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Dieppe

Dieppe, is a town in Normandy on the north coast of France, approximately opposite Brighton on the English coast.

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Normandy

Normandy (French: Normandie, Norman: Normaundie) is a region of northern France, bordering the English Channel. Once the centre of a powerful medieval empire that controlled a significant area of continental Europe, and most of England and Wales, Normandy has an incredibly rich heritage to draw from. Many visitors come to be enchanted by historical attractions such as the triple peaks of Rouen cathedral, the Bayeux Tapestry's engrossing tale of vengeance and conquest, and the fantastical abbey atop Mont Saint-Michel. Normandy is also famed for the D-Day Allied invasion on 6 June, 1944, and the brutal inland fighting that ensued, but which eventually resulted in the liberation of France from Nazi rule.

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Bayeux

Bayeux is a small town in northern France within Lower Normandy. Bayeux is best known for the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry that chronicles in visual form the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, in 1066.

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Marseille

commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, the second largest city of France

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Cherbourg

Cherbourg is a port town at the north end of the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, France.

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Annecy

Annecy, in the north of the French Alps, is called "the Venice of Savoie" — a well-deserved title. The medieval town centre built around a 14th-century chateau is dissected by small canals and streams running out of Lac Annecy, which is clean, fresh and a wonderful azure colour. Annecy is the prefecture of the département of Haute-Savoie.

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Alpes-Maritimes

French department

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Nice

city in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Lille

commune in Nord, France

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Lyon

commune in the metropolis of Lyon, France

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Nantes

city in Loire-Atlantique, France

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Toulouse

commune in Haute-Garonne, France

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Loire Valley

French World Heritage Site

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Bordeaux

commune in Gironde, France

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Sights

Eiffel Tower

tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France

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Centre Pompidou

contemporary art museum in Paris, France

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Alsace

former administrative region and former province of France

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Mantua

Italian comune

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Palace of Versailles

palace in Versailles, France and location of the Museum of the History of France

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Dordogne

French department

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Ardèche

French department

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Midi-Pyrénées

former administrative region in France

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Chartres

commune in Eure-et-Loir, France

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Cannes

commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Beauvais

Prefecture and commune in Hauts-de-France, France

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Colmar

commune in Haut-Rhin, France

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Picardy

Region of France

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Chamonix

commune in Haute-Savoie, France

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Languedoc-Roussillon

former administrative region of France

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Antibes

commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Arles

commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France

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Grasse

commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Alençon

Prefecture and commune in Normandy, France

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Albi

commune in Tarn, France

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Deauville

Commune in Normandy, France

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La Ciotat

commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France

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Musée de l'Orangerie

art gallery in Paris, France

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Arc de Triomphe

Triumphal arch in Paris

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Brittany

Cultural region and former province of France

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Panthéon

mausoleum in Paris

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Granville, Manche

Commune in Normandy, France

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Lake Geneva

lake in Switzerland and France

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Cévennes National Park

national park of France

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Villefranche-sur-Mer

commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Guérande

commune in Loire-Atlantique, Brittany, France

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Carnac

commune in Morbihan, France

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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel (often written Mont St Michel, with other variations) is a small UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast near Avranches in the region of Lower Normandy in northern France. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town.

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Fécamp

Commune in Normandy, France

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Mont-Saint-Michel

island commune in Manche, Normandy, France

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Les Andelys

Subprefecture and commune in Normandy, France

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Strasbourg Cathedral

Built between 1176 and 1439 and with a 142-m tower (the highest cathedral tower in France), the Gothic cathedral is undoubtedly Strasbourg's finest architectural highlight. Check out the astrometric clock inside the cathedral.

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Mont Blanc

highest mountain in the Alps (15,780.9 feet)

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Azay-le-Rideau

commune in Indre-et-Loire, France

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Musée Saint-Raymond

An archaeological museum with Roman artefacts from around Toulouse as well as the largest collection of Roman busts found in France. The building itself is a historic monument. Has an elevator, gift shop and free bathrooms.

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European Court of Human Rights

court in Strasbourg, France, established by the European Convention on Human Rights

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Pyrenees

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Les Invalides

complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France

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Cassis

commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France

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Cannes Film Festival

annual film festival held in Cannes, France

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Sainte-Chapelle

chapel located in Paris, in France

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La Défense

dedicated business district outside of Paris

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French destroyer Maillé-Brézé (D627)

A warship which has been moored in Nantes for many years which is open to visitors

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Étretat

commune in Seine-Maritime, France

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Pornic

commune in Loire-Atlantique, France

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Allauch

commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France

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Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

A famed museum covering European art from the 15th to 20th century. There are myriad events open to all, including night events and festivals.

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Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

The first French national museum outside of Paris. It has large permanent and temporary exhibitions. Its architecture mixes a very contemporary structure (a dark box) with an old castle, with footbridges linking the two parts of the museum.

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Provence

region and historical province of southeastern France

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Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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Ouistreham

Commune in Normandy, France

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Florac

former commune in Lozère, France

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Musée archéologique (Strasbourg)

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Vanoise National Park

national park of France

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Basilica of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse

A red-brick church from the 11-12th Century, it may well be the largest Romanesque construction in the world - perhaps because it was an important stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago. Huge as it is, it's the only remaining part of the former Abbey of Saint-Sernin. Notable features are the great bell-tower, the gates, the "ambulatory" passage, and the thunderous organ. In the 19th C the church was "restored" by the famous French architect Viollet-le-Duc: some of his re-imaginings of the Middle Ages are now being undone.

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

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French Open

French Open Tennis Championships

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Lille Cathedral

The construction of this cathedral started in 1854 and was eventually finished only in 1999.

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Lyon Cathedral

The cathedral is dedicated to St John the Baptist (St Jean-Baptiste) and St Stephen (St Etienne) and has the title of primatiale because the Bishop of Lyon has the honorary title of Primat des Gaules. Built between 1180 and 1480, it is mostly of Gothic style with Romanesque elements; the oldest parts are the chancel and the lateral chapels, and as one goes towards the façade, the style becomes more and more Gothic. The cathedral hosts a spectacular astronomical clock built in the 14th century but modified later. It is especially worth seeing when the bells ring, daily on the hour from 12:00-16:00. Over the main door, the rose window, known as the "Lamb rose window", is an admirable work of art depicting the life of St Stephen and St John the Baptist.

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Mémorial de la Shoah

French Holocaust museum

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Ardennes

low mountain range in Belgium

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Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon

Holds only temporary exhibitions which are often very interesting and popular.

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Nantes Cathedral

In its two crypts where the treasures and the history of the cathedral are displayed. Next to the Château des ducs de Bretagne.

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Marseille Cathedral

A Byzantine-Roman cathedral at the western side of Le Panier quarter.

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La Piscine Museum

A 20th century art museum built around a former swimming bathhouse. The main room features a swimming pool.

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Toulouse Cathedral

This great ramshackle edifice is partly Gothic but mostly Dog's Breakfast - the medieval builders have made a hash of things on a sublime scale. They half-built one church, abandoned it, started building another, abandoned that, while other sections were added and added instead of starting over with a clear site. The Archbishop of Toulouse has to come to work in this Frankencathedral.

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Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

It's recommended also because of the interesting building.

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Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

Art museum in Albi

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Château des ducs de Bretagne

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Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Museum of the decorative arts and design located in the Louvre's northwest wing

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Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Built in 1872 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, this massive church made of white marble has been compared to an elephant with its feet up. It is a typical example of the 19th century "eclectic" style, with architectural elements recalling antique, classical and Gothic eras. The Byzantine-style interior decoration is extremely exuberant, too much so for some people. Tours of the roof and bell towers are available in the afternoons for €6.

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Château d'If

fortification near Marseille, France

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Montmartre

hill in the north of Paris, France

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Notre-Dame de la Garde

The big church which overlooks the city. Old fishermen used to have their boats blessed in this church. You can still see many boat models hanging around in the church. From there it is one of the nicest view of the city. You can use the tourist train from the Vieux Port to reach the church - you can get off the train, look around and board a later train back to the port.

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Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

The majestic Hôtel-Dieu was the oldest hospital in Lyon and is one of the largest buildings in Presqu'île. The façade along the river Rhône is over 300 m (984 ft) long. The first hospital was built in 1184-1185; it was modified several times before Soufflot designed the current building, built from 1741 to 1761. The large dome was completed in 1765. The newly built Grange Blanche hospital (today Edouard Herriot) became the main medical centre in the city in the 1930s. Hôtel-Dieu doctors were pioneers in numerous specialities, including radiology (Etienne Destot), oncology (Léon Bérard), surgery (Joseph Gensoul, Matthieu Jaboulay) and orthopedics (Louis Léopold Ollier); they contributed in making Lyon the second medical centre in the country after Paris. The building no longer fits the needs of modern medicine, therefore the hospital has been closed down in 2010. Its future is not completely clear; it should be at least partially converted into a luxury hotel and shopping mall. Hôtel-Dieu hosts the Lyon hospitals museum (Musée des Hospices civils de Lyon).

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Musée des Arts décoratifs, Strasbourg

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Opéra Nouvel

Opposite the City Hall stands the opera house. The 1826 theatre built by Chenavard and Pollet was completely redesigned by Jean Nouvel who kept only the façades and the foyer on the first floor. The building was reopened in 1993. The history of these works was epic: a lot of technical problems occurred and the final cost of the project was six times the initial estimate. Today, the glass top has become a classical landmark of the city but the interior design is criticised, for both aesthetic and functional reasons.

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Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art

Modern art, outsider art, contemporary art.

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Château de Villandry

castle

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Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille

A large collection of stuffed mammals, insects, fossils, etc.

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Musée zoologique de la ville de Strasbourg

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Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame

A splendid museum of medieval religious art related to the cathedral.

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Musée alsacien (Strasbourg)

This museum features articles from the daily lives of Alsatian peoples from the 13th to 19th centuries: clothing, furniture, toys, tools of artisans and farmers, and religious objects used in Christian, Jewish, and even pagan rites. The exhibits are in rooms connected by wooden staircases and balconies in adjacent multistory Renaissance-era houses around a central courtyard.

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Musée Cantini

art museum in Marseille, France

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Church of the Jacobins

Deconsecrated mother-church of the Dominicans (called Jacobins in France because their first convent was in rue St-Jacques in Paris). Built in Gothic red brick, it contains St Thomas Aquinas' relics. It's now a museum, enclosing the convent, refectory, chapel of St Antonin and Salle Capitulaire.

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Opéra de Lille

Built in 1923.

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Notre-Dame de la Daurade

This church was founded in the 5th century but demolished in the 18th; the present building dates from the 19th C. The church is closed for restoration until 2019. You can look in, but everything's covered in shrouds and scaffolding.

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Annecy Cathedral

cathedral located in Haute-Savoie, in France

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Île de la Cité

island in the river Seine, Paris, France

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Jardin du Luxembourg

urban park in Paris, France

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Fondation Maeght

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Tomi Ungerer Museum

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Grande Casse

mountain

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Musée Fabre

municipal museum of Montpellier Urban Community

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Parc de la Tête d'or

Completed in 1862, this 105-hectare (260-acre) English-style garden is one of the largest and arguably one of the most beautiful urban parks in France. It is a popular place for families as well as joggers. The highlights of the park include the large greenhouses, the botanical garden, the rose garden and the "African plain" in which animals wander in a natural-style environment, perfect for children.

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Georges Labit Museum

Asian arts and Egyptian antiquities museum in an exotic and Mediterranean garden built in 1893.

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Musée historique de Strasbourg

Museum of Strasbourg's history.

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Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls

This Roman theatre is the place where the first Christian martyrs of Gaul were killed. Documents say that it was the largest theatre in Gaul at that time, but nobody knows exactly how far it extends under the neighbouring buildings, nor what remains from the Roman era after centuries of construction. After the closing of the old Fine Arts school (the grey building overlooking the theatre), a debate was initiated about what should be done with this exceptional archaeological site. The theatre can be seen from the street but is not open to the public for safety reasons.

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Passage Pommeraye

A shopping mall built in the 19th century.

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Pont Neuf, Toulouse

Like the Parisian Pont-Neuf, the name means "New Bridge" - though it's by far the oldest bridge across the Garonne river. Construction dragged on from 1544 to 1626. The arches aren't symmetrical - they were supposed to represent the face and haunches of a lion, but you'll need a lot of imagination to visualise that.The water-tower ("chateau d'eau") at its west end hosts photography exhibitions.

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Saint-François-de-Sales

Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

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Cotentin Peninsula

peninsula

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Citadel of Lille

A masterpiece of 17th century defensive military architecture, built in the reign of Louis XIV and designed by Vauban, the famous French military architect. In the same area is a zoo (free of charge) and a lovely park.

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Palais Rohan, Strasbourg

French-style palace, built after the acquisition of the town by the French (1681). Home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.

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Palace of Europe

built in 1977 by Henry Bernard.

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D-Day beaches

The D-Day Beaches are in the Calvados and Manche departments of Normandy, France. They were the landing places for the Allied invasion of western Europe during World War II.

La Vieille Charité

is a wonderful old monument, a former charitable housing for poor, now hosting museums and exhibitions.

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Musée Matisse (Nice)

art museum in Nice, France

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Palais Longchamp

It houses the city's Musée des beaux-arts and Natural history museum. The surrounding park (the Parc Longchamp) is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. The Boulevard Longchamp connects it with the city centre.

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Place Bellecour

The largest clear square in Europe. In the centre stands the equestrian statue of Louis XIV ("under the horse's tail" is a usual meeting point for locals). Apart from this, it is rather empty, windy and not so pleasant. A renovation project is under way. Between the southeast corner of Place Bellecour and the river Rhône is Place Antonin Poncet. There was a hospital there (Hôpital de la Charité), built in 1622 and demolished in 1934. The only remain is the bell tower (Clocher de la Charité) built in 1667.

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Stadium de Toulouse

football stadium

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Île Barbe

This charming island on the river Saône is the only inhabited island in Lyon. In the 5th century, one of the first monasteries in Gaul was founded there. It became a powerful Benedictine abbey (from the 9th century) but was finally ruined in 1526 by Protestants, during the religious wars. Of the three churches that existed on the island, only the Romanesque Notre-Dame remains. The island also has other old buildings in a quiet and green environment. The suspension bridge was built in 1827.

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Église Saint-Paul

A very nice church, with mixed Romanesque and Gothic styles. The oldest parts are from the 10th century.

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Hôtel de Ville, Lyon

The city hall, built in the 17th century, has a very beautiful façade on Place des Terreaux. The most notable feature of this façade is the sculpture representing King Henri IV on horseback (in the middle of the upper part). Unfortunately, it is impossible to visit the building except during the "Heritage days" (Journées du patrimoine) in mid-September.

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Hôtel d'Assézat

Great mansion house built in the 16th C in Renaissance style for a rich merchant. It now houses the Fondation Bemberg, the personal art collection of Georges Bemberg (1915-2011).

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Cité de l'espace

Scientific theme park with interactive exhibits on space travel and replica spacecraft. Most suited to 5-14 year olds.

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French Alps

home to the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc, this is quintessential ski country.

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Capitole de Toulouse

Magnificent red-brick building in Neoclassical style, lording it over the pedestrianised main square Place du Capitole. It houses City Hall (with a grandiose "Salle des Illustres") and the city's main theatre.

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Château de Gaillon

The Château de Gaillon is a renaissance castle located in Gaillon, Normandy region of France.

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Place des Terreaux

This large square was completely redesigned in the 1990s by the artist Daniel Buren. On the East side stands the City Hall. On the North side, you will find the fountain sculpted by Bartholdi, the 'father' of the Statue of Liberty; this fountain was moved from the West side when the square was renovated. It now faces Palais St Pierre, which hosts the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Kammerzell House

The intricately carved half-timbered frames decorating the upper floors date from 1589.

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Metallic tower of Fourvière

Next to the basilica stands a smaller (86 m, 282 ft) replica of the Eiffel Tower, completed in 1894. Its construction was supported by anticlerical people in order to have a non-religious building as the highest point in Lyon, which it actually is with an altitude of 372 m (1272 ft) at the top. It now serves as a radio and TV antenna and is closed to the public.

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Saint Irenaeus Church, Lyon

The oldest church in Lyon, and one of the oldest in France. The site is built on a Gallo-Roman necropolis which was in use for centuries, until the Middle Ages. Some sarcophagi from the 5th or 6th century are visible in the courtyard. The crypt dates back to the 9th century and was renovated in the 19th century. Early Christian remains (from the 4th-6th centuries) are kept inside. The church was rebuilt in the 19th century in a neo-classical style with a Byzantine influence. An arch from the 5th century remains. Behind the church, the calvary built in 1687 is also a great viewpoint.

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Jules Verne Museum

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Église Saint-Maurice, Annecy

church located in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France

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Verdon Gorge

a beautiful turquoise-green river canyon, great for kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing or just driving around the limestone cliffs.

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Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Built in 1999 by Architecture Studio. The parliament tends to meet in Brussels more and the arrangement with the parliament moving shop between Brussels and Strasbourg several times a year has been criticized as wasteful of money by EU skeptics and penny-pinchers.

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Place Sathonay

A charming neighbourhood square planted with old plane trees. Just sit at a terrace, watch the locals playing pétanque and enjoy the mood.

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Cité Internationale

This business and residential area in an important urban project for Lyon. Designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano (also known for Beaubourg modern art centre in Paris and part of the Potsdamer Platz area in Berlin), it comprises a convention centre, hotels and luxury apartments just between the Rhône and Parc de la Tête d'Or.

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Château d'Annecy

castle in Annecy, France

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Rue du Bœuf

Parallel to Rue St Jean, this street is much more quiet and just as beautiful. It also has a number of restaurants, more expensive than in rue St Jean but, on average, much more worth the money.

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Old Port of Marseille

Watching fishermen selling their stock by auction is a must. Arriving into Marseille in the Vieux-Port on a summer evening is something you will never forget. You can watch this show by going to Frioul islands or Chateau d'If and going back late in the afternoon. there is also a nice view on the harbour from the Palais du Pharo (Pharo Palace). The famous Canebière avenue goes straight down the harbour. However the Canebière is not that interesting despite its reputation.

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Place des Jacobins

The state of this square is typical of the "automobile-friendly" urban planning of the 1960s: it is covered with tarmac, too much so given the reasonable traffic around it. A renovation project is under way, which should give the square a greener aspect. The main interest is the central fountain (1885) by architect Gaspard André and sculptor Degeorges. The four statues portray Lyon-born artists: painter Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864), engraver Gérard Audran (1640-1703), sculptor Guillaume Coustou (1677-1746) and architect Philibert Delorme (1510-1570).

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Jardin des Plantes, Toulouse

You'll think you're walking into a monastery: the present gardens were located in an old Carmelite friary, before expanding south. Just north on Allée Jules Guesde is the Natural History Museum (Tues-Sun 10-6, closed Mon)

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GR 21

The GR21 is a long-distance hiking trail in Normandy, France. It is part of the GR network of trails. It begins at the port city of Le Havre, a Unesco World Heritage Site, climbs through parkland to Montivilliers, then follows the chalk cliffs of the Pays de Caux for most of the route. Étretat is known for its chalk formations, painted by Claude Monet and other artists. It passes through various seaside resorts and fishing villages, including the port of Dieppe and finishes at the resort of Le Tréport, close to the historic town of Eu. The whole route is within the Seine-Maritime département.

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Calanque

narrow, steep-walled inlet on the Mediterranean coast

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Moselle Valley

geographical region in Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg

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Montée de la Grande Côte

This steep street has Renaissance buildings and offers a very beautiful view over the city from its top.

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Rue Mercière

This cobblestone pedestrian street is the only significant remain from the Renaissance in Presqu'île. The name of the street refers to the clothing industry. There are traboules connecting the street to the buildings on the Saône bank. The street hosts very numerous restaurants which are far from being all good.

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Jardin des Curiosités

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Parc Sergent Blandan

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Parc Borély

park in France

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Montée du Gourguillon

This picturesque montée (sloping street on hillside) starts behind Vieux Lyon metro station and ends quite close to the Roman theatres of Fourvière. It was the main link between the river Saône and the top of Fourvière throughout the Roman era, Middle Ages and Renaissance. Nowadays it keeps a medieval spirit. Around numbers 5-7 is Impasse Turquet, a small cul-de-sac named after Etienne Turquet, an Italian who is said to have founded the silk industry in Lyon in 1536. In this small passageway are the oldest houses of the city, dating back to the 13th or 14th century, with wooden balconies.

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Braderie de Lille

The largest flea market in Europe, held every September for which millions of people come to Lille. You will find everything: paintings, antiques, ornaments, furniture, clothing, art, and more. The traditional food of the braderie is moules-frites, or mussels and fries, usually paired with a refreshing local beer. You will find many restaurants selling this meal for an affordable price. Tourists and locals alike will be partying, eating, and drinking, in a very lively, fun atmosphere.

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Place Castellane

With a grand fountain/column/sculpture in the center, with excellent cinemas and cafés surrounding. There is another place called La Castellane: it is a poor suburb of Marseille where famous footballer Zinedine Zidane was born.

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Parc des Hauteurs

park in Lyon, France

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Place Jean-Jaurès

La Plaine is the local name for Place Jean Jaurès close to Cours Julien. Every Thursday and Saturday morning the Plaine market is the place to shop. If you are there early enough you can make very good deals, even if what you'll find there is sometimes "tombé du camion" (fallen off the truck) as one says in Marseille.

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Parc de Gerland

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Place de la République, Strasbourg

public square in Strasbourg, France

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Saint-Just (Lyon)

quarter in Lyon, France

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Jardin botanique d'Èze

The Jardin botanique d'Èze, also called the Jardin exotique d'Èze or simply the Jardin d'Èze, is a botanical garden located on the Place du Général de Gaulle in Èze, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

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Vallon des Auffes

Small and out of time traditional fishing port, just near the city centre.

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France

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