Dolce Arena (Esplanade du Port Vieux, 64200 Biarritz) – located in the heart of Biarritz, with an outstanding view of the ocean, Dolce Arena opens its doors on a terrace and an air-conditioned room of 650m² overlooking the little Port Vieux beach. Pizzas and various Italian dishes are served there. Dolce’s direct access to the […]
Do Mo Restaurant (45 Quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon) – located in Lyon’s modern business district, this upscale restaurant already attracts a crowd due to its location by the Saone River. It also earns high marks for its interior décor. Aside from that, diners here are offered a Franco-Japanese cuisine that’s made with fresh, seasonal produce.
Coco Beach (2 Avenue Jean Lorrain, 06300 Nice) – in business since 1936, this restaurant serves fresh fish grilled over a log fire (sea bass, sea bream, capon, John Dory, etc…), crayfish or slipper lobsters, lobsters and bouillabaisse (to be ordered in advance) which are worth the trip just for themselves. Among other items served […]
Brasserie La Cigale (4 Place Graslin, Nantes) – this French restaurant has existed since 1895, and is considered one of Nantes’ best dining spots even today. Presidents and film stars have frequently visited its dazzling art nouveau interior, which was described by César-winning actor Jean-Louis Trintignant as ‘perhaps the most beautiful brasserie in the world’ […]
Boccaccio (7 Rue Massena, 06000 Nice) – this restaurant is typical of many such places in Nice. The heavy Italian influence is most easily noticed by the menu here (in this case, mixed in with some French dishes). The seafood here is highly recommended (including the paella served there).
Theatre Antique d’Orange (Rue Madeleine Roch, 84100 Orange) – located in the provincial town of Orange, at the heart of the Rhône Valley (an hour’s drive northwest of the port city of Marseille), this is an ancient Roman theater (reputed to be the best-preserved anywhere in Europe). The Theatre owes its fame in particular to […]
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (Lourdes) – a major pilgrimage destination for devout Catholics, this site is open all year round, 24 hours a day – and admission is free. Major sites within the Sanctuary include Saint Pie X Basilica, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Sainte Bernadette Church, Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, The Crypt, […]
Resistance and Deportation History Centre (14 avenue Berthelot, 69007 Lyon) – this museum is dedicated to the Frenchmen who resisted the Nazi occupation of the country during World War II. Lyon, which was considered the most important city of «Free France», was a hotbed of the country’s resistence against the Germans, even while it was […]
Pont du Gard (400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard) — located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard (near Remoulins, in the Gard département in southern France) (90 minutes drive northwest of Marseilles), the Pont du Gard is a Roman monument built halfway through the 1st century AD. It is the principal construction in a 50 km long […]
Palace of Fontainebleau (77300 Fontainebleau) – located about 60 km. southeast of Paris, this was a residence of French royalty for eight centuries (starting in the 12th century). Kings and queens, and emperors and empresses, took great pains to embellish the palace, built around the original mediaeval dungeon. The palace and its park have been […]