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Normandy

Normandy (northwestern province in France) – located just across the English Channel, this province gets its name from the Norman Vikings that arrived there during the 10th century. In 1066 the famous Norman Duke William defeated the Saxon King Harold in the Battle of Hastings, was crowned King of England and became known as “William […]

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Nice

Nice (Alpes Maritimes département) – for those flying into the South of France (Côte D’Azur), especially during the Spring when festivities, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix (and the VIP parties held at these and other nearby locations), the coastal city of Nice (the fifth largest in France) acts as […]

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Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization

Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization (17 rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon) – this museum evolves around two unique sites from the Roman era (that was excavated by 1933): The Theatre (which was built around 15 BC – the oldest in Roman Gaul), and the Odeon ( a small theatre built around 100 BC for musical productions). This […]

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Musée Matisse

Musée Matisse (164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice) – housed in a fully renovated Genoese villa, this is a national museum dedicated to famed French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Matisse lived in Nice from 1917 to his death in 1954. Matisse’s artwork exhibited here are both personal (relating to those works and possessions […]

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Musée Marc Chagall

Musée Marc Chagall (36 Avenue Docteur Ménard, 06000 Nice) – this museum is dedicated to the Russian-born French painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) (which holds the largest public collection of his works — over 400 painting, gouaches, drawings, wash drawings and pastels). Some of the better-known paintings housed there include a series of 17 paintings illustrating […]

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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel (50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel) — located in the northern French province of Normandy, the Benedictine abbey atop the mount has always been the main goal for pilgrims and tourists alike. It is reached via the steep winding village street lined by museums, restaurants and shops. The abbey’s powerful architecture dates mainly from medieval times. […]

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Lyon

Lyon (Rhône-Alpes region) – this is France’s second-largest city (after Paris) – located in east-central part of the country with a population of 491,268. Along with the city earning a reputation for silk production during the Renaissance (tying its economy at the time to nearby Italy), Lyon has been known more recently for its gastronomy […]

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Lascaux

Lascaux (2 km from Montignac — Dordogne region, off D706) – located 2 hours east of the wine-producing town of Bordeaux (near the village of Montignac), this is the famed UNESCO World Heritage site where some fascinating Paleolithic-era cave paintings were found in 1940 by a group of local school boys exploring the woods. Estimated […]

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La Citadelle de Besancon

La Citadelle de Besancon (99 Rue des Fusillés de la Résistance, 25000 Besançon) — located towards the Swiss border (90 minutes east of the regional town of Dijon), this medieval military outpost is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 17th century masterpiece of military engineer Sébastien le Prestre de Vauban, the Besançon Citadel, […]

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Institut Lumière

Institut Lumière (25 rue du Premier Film, 69008 Lyon) – this museum celebrates and promotes the French film industry, which has thrived for decades (particularly during the post-war period of the 1950s & 1960s). The museum is named after French cinematographers Auguste and Louis Lumière – who reputedly made the first motion picture ever made […]