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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (4 Place Marc Elder, Nantes) – located in the Atlantic port city of Nantes (2 hours from Paris via TGV train), this castle was originally built in the 15th century for Francois II (the last of the dukes of the French Atlantic province of Brittany). This was also the one-time […]

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Carcassonne Medieval City

  Ciudad medieval de Carcasona    Carcassonne Medieval City (Aude department, Languedoc-Roussillon region) – located 90 minutes west of the Mediterranean town of Montpellier (and about 3 hours north of both the Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish border), a visit to this walled city takes travelers back to the middle ages – complete with its […]

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Cannes

Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes department) – located 33 km. southwest of the regional Côte d’Azur city of Nice, Cannes is a popular seaside town that’s best known for hosting the Cannes Film Festival every May (where Hollywood, French and other international actors participate – as both attendees and nominees of various film awards). The luxurious hotels present […]

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Bordeaux

Bordeaux (Gironde department) – located 500 km southwest of Paris, this port city in southwestern France (whose population is just over 200,000) has long been known as the capital of the wine industry, not just in France, but throughout the world (supporting a multi-billion-euro economy here). To emphasize that point, the major international wine fair, […]

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Biarritz

Biarritz (Pyrenees Atlantique department) – this is a popular seaside town located in France’s southwest, along the Bay of Biscay – within 40 minutes driving distance of the Spanish border. This is a major town within France’s Basque Country (which extends southward into Spain, which becomes “Pais Vasco”). Biarritz was known as a resort town […]

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Beaulieu

Beaulieu (Rue Gaëtan Rondeau, Nantes) – with 120 retailers under one roof, this is the largest shopping center in Nantes. Most of the brands found here are local (French), along with some international ones, such as Esprit, Guess, H&M, and Mango, among others.

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AOC Les Halles

AOC Les Halles (102 Cours Lafayette, Lyons) – this restaurant is for those looking for a traditional French bistro experience. As locals will attest, everything here – from cheese and foie gras to oysters and chacuterie – is delicious and worth trying. Due to its reputation, it’s advisable to book in advance, especially on weekends. […]

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Alsace Sightseeing Tours

Alsace Sightseeing Tours (Alsace region / northeastern France) – this northeastern region is one of France’s wine-growing regions, with its own rich culinary history. Along with wine production, Strasbourg (which is one of Alsace’s main towns) is by many considered to be the capital of the foie gras, the fat goose or duck liver, ever […]

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Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock (4 rue Désirée, 69001 Lyon) – this rock club stands out among others in France, since this one has adopted an Australian theme (celebrating all things from that far-flung country). It plays a mix of rock tunes from the 80s to the present, including famed Australian musicians such as INXS, Men at Work, […]

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Arenes de Nimes

Arenes de Nimes (Boulevard des Arènes, 30000 Nîmes) – located in the town of Nimes (just 50 km. from the city of Montpellier), this is by far the best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world. Originally built in 70 AD, this arena is located near the Maison Carrée (a well-preserved Roman temple built around 20 BC […]