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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 […]

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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, […]