Travel Paris between Vineyards and Lavenders of France

Paris is a metropolis full of well-known attractions – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the River Seine, the Arc de Triomphe, wonderful French food and wine! But for these hunting to uncover Paris off-the-beaten-route, here are some small-visited Paris landmarks known mainly to Parisians:

Grand Carnavalet – Need to be on the Leading of the Listing to Check out! The Grand Carnavalet makes a wonderful commence to exploring Paris. The historical past of Paris comes alive right here in a unique way. The lifelike exhibits are wonderful for kids. The building alone is a Renaissance palace developed in 1544, acquired by the Metropolis of Paris in 1866 and converted to a museum.

The buildings are beautifully preserved, have formal gardens attached, and, as they capture the lifestyle of the seventeenth century nobility, they are a museum in themselves. Numerous rooms depict occasions connected to the Revolution there are the chessmen that Louis XVI utilized to distract his brain whilst waiting to go to the guillotine facades of aged apothecary outlets a room complete of 17th and 18th century signposts with designs reminding us that considerably of the world was illiterate then and essential pictographs.

There are rooms devoted to Chinoiserie, other folks starkly medieval, with huge fireplaces occupying most of one particular wall, and yet a lot more reflecting the tastes of the nobility in the course of the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. The clever principle is dedicated to exploring the long historical past and improvement of Paris as a grand town. Additionally, not like most museums in Paris, the Carnavalet is free of charge.

Musee Grevin – Better Than Madame Tussaud’s! This is a wax museum similar in the sum of displays to Madame Tussaud’s in London. Wax celebrities that produced – and are creating – history in Paris. Featuring existence-size French and worldwide singers, statesmen, actors and far more, The museum’s highlight is the sound and light display of the “Palais des Mirages” – Palace of Mirrors. Entrance service fees are steep, but totally free if you acquire a French Day Pass. ten, bd Montmartre Metro: Rue Montmartre, open M-F 10-6 and Sat.-Sun 9-seven.

Parc de la Villete – A Distinctive Cultural and Leisure ParkThe Parc de la Villette., a prototype 21st-century metropolis park with gardens surrounding the Ourcq canal, functions concert halls, cinemas and theatres – as nicely as the Cité de la Musique and the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie. The park has lots of open spaces, referred to as “prairies” – common spots for video games and picnics.

10 thematic gardens can be discovered inside of the park’s boundaries as effectively, this kind of as the dragon garden, mirror garden, and bamboo garden. Close by, there are playgrounds for kids, la grande halle – a large hall for exhibitions and reveals, the nationwide conservatory of audio and dance, and the “folies” – little red buildings housing mini-exhibits and snack bars. This is a great area for kids and adults to discover and offers equal areas enjoyable, attractiveness, and possibilities for learning.

La Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – Europe Greatest Science MuseumLa Cite des Sciences et de L’Industrie, in which arts, crafts, science, medicine and technologies converge, is based on 5 themes: drinking water and earth, the universe, marketplace, communication, and gentleman and wellbeing.

Amongst its features are: The Explora for piloting an airplane, step within of a digital camera, travel throughout the human entire body, go to the Ariane rocket, and far more The Argonaute an assault submarine The Géode, an immense geodesic dome, and France’s 1st Omnimax motion picture theatre outfitted with a one thousand square metre screen The planetarium and the cinaxe – a simulator outfitted with the identical gear utilized to train airplane pilots. – all in Parc de la Villette – adding up to a exciting and schooling choice that all will take pleasure in.

The Musee Galliera – A Showcase for Fashion – Extremely Worthwhile When Open! The Renaissance palace that the Duchess of Galliera had constructed in the 19th century has housed this residing tribute to the heritage of trend given that 1977. Its prominent temporary exhibitions showcase its 100,000-garment assortment featuring sumptuous 18th-century costumes, accoutrement by best couturiers and creators, and virtually everything in among.

It displays creations that have marked the growth of historical and contemporary fashion. Each and every year it presents two exhibitions, on a specific concept or a single couturier, revealing part of its enormous collection. The museum’s collections are among the very best in the globe!

Saint-Raphaël lies on the Gulf of Fréjus on the French Riviera halfway between Cannes and Saint-Tropez. Part of the Provençe-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, it is also part of the larger Fréjus Saint-Raphaël metropolitan area, with the city of Fréjus only 3 km away. One of the larger seaside towns on the French Riviera, it has a population of about 30,000, and the economy here is based largely on tourism, but there is also a naval academy and a small commercial port.

Unlike much of the Côte d’Azur, its resorts are relatively affordable and very family oriented. Saint-Raphaël is known for its wide beaches, good restaurants and more laid back attitude. While visiting, one can also enjoy the local casino or boat trips out to the Isle de Lérins.

The area of Saint-Raphaël was first populated as far back as the Paleolithic and Neolithic eras. Over a hundred archeological sites have been uncovered in the town revealing many stone-age megaliths and dolmens. Later it was a Roman settlement, where the Roman aristocracy enjoyed their villas overlooking the sea, many paved with mosaics and equipped with thermal baths.

Like Cannes, Saint-Raphaël was officially established in the 11th century by the monks of the Lérins Islands. During the Middle Ages, the town was often attacked by barbaric tribes and Saracen pirates, which brought the Knights of the Temple, just returned from the crusades, to the rescue. The Templiers built a church which acted also as a fortress to defend the town.

From the 15th to 19th century, Saint-Raphaël was mainly a fishing port until it too, like much of the Côte d’Azur, was discovered by writers and artists such as Alfonse Karr, Georges Sand, Victor Hugo and Alexander Dumas. It was also here that Napoleon Bonaparte landed on his glorious return from Egypt in 1799, just to depart from here later in 1814 on his way to the prison on Elbe Island. On August 15, 1944, the Allies landed just 5km from Saint-Raphaël on Dramont Beach as part of Operation Dragoon which helped to liberate France.

Main Attractions

The Beaches


Most visitors to Saint-Raphaël come to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sparkling water of the Mediterranean. The town is set on the Baie de Saint-Raphaël, which allows for a small port but also many great beaches. Here one finds beaches filled with fine sand or small pebbles, all in walking distance from town, although they say the best are those between the Vieus Port and Santa Lucia. The Plage du Veillat is the beach closest to town. It is covered in sand and a great beach for the whole family. The Plage Beau Rivage is just a five minute walk and is covered in light grey pebbles. The Plage du Débarquement, only 7km from town and covered in both sand and pebbles, is where the Allies landed in 1944.

Promenade René-Coty

This promenade runs along the coast, connecting the beaches, while passing restaurants and hotels. Enjoy a leisurely stroll here and take in the view. On your walk you will also find statues of local heroes, Félix Martin, a 19th century mayor who helped promote the town as a resort, and 19th century artist Alexander Karr who died here. There is also a pyramid near the old port built in honor of Napoleon’s glorious return from Egypt.

Eglise des Templiers

This is the church and fortress built by the Knights of the Temple in the 12th century. It was designed to help defend the town from the invasion of pirates. There is a watch tower above one of the chapels from which they would sit and watch for approaching ships at sea, and the town would take refuge within in the case of invasion. This is the only intact structure of the old city, and in the courtyard one finds remnants of the ancient Roman aqueduct that once provided water to the wealthy Romans who lived here in their villas.

Musée d’Archéologie Sons-Marine

This museum displays objects salvaged from the sea including amphorae, ships anchors and items retrieved by Jacques Cousteau from an ancient Roman ship that perished just off the coast. The displays also include antique diving equipment and other relics having to do with the town’s sea heritage. It is located in the presbytery of the former church of Saint-Raféu, which while still sanctified no longer holds masses.

Marché Alimentaire de Saint-Raphaël

Enjoy the fresh local products while visiting of this market where natives and tourists alike buy fish, meat, cheese and produce. Nearby one also finds the Flower and Produce Market in the older part of town.

Isle de Lérins

These islands sit just off the coast. Saint-Marguerite Island is the closer of the two and is filled with rare Mediterranean plants and birds. The National Forest Authority has marked botanical paths throughout the island, which are a great way to explore. On the island is also the Pointe de la Convention, the fort and state prison in which the legendary Man in the Iron Mask was held captive for about 11 years. There is also the Musée de la Mer, a sea museum that has a large collection of artifacts collected from Roman and Saracen wrecks off the coast. Here one also finds a photography collection that focuses on travel and the Mediterranean.

Nearby is the Island of Saint Honorat, owned by the Cistercian Monks. The Monastére de Lérins is the oldest monastery in France and is believed to have been first established in 410. The fortified monastery one finds today was built during the Middle Ages as a defensive structure, since the monks were also often victims.

Normandy - a Beautiful Architectural Historical Place of Northern France

Normandy in French word Normandie is situated along the English Channel coast of northern France between Brittany and Picardy. It consists of 360 miles long coastline in northern France and Channel Island. Normandy is derived from the settlement by Northman in the 9th century. During battle of Normandy in 2nd World War, it is becoming the landing beaches site for the invasion and the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany. This recognized as the start for the war in Western Europe. It is very importance for the cider production region like calvados which has distilled cider or apple brandy.

It is also importance for dairy production, cheeses, flax, horse breeding, green farmland, fishing, seafood, tourism, Monet’s garden etc. There are also historical cities like Rouen and Bayeux. One can not refuse to see while visiting to Normandy which include Nortre Dame Cathedral in Rouen, 16th century Chateau of St.Germain-de-Livet, world reputed town of Mont-St- Michel etc.

War Memorial:-It is a vast history regarding the war. Caeu is very significance of the war memorial. It is continues its historic journey through the 20th century, the World War 11 to the World at the time of cold war. It is a unique place which has valuable wealth of collections is to be exhibited and wonderful presentation of War Memorial. It is said that, once upon a time from these places, it will propose a debate on the future of the planet.

Giverny:-It is an excellent traditional village which located on the bank of the Sheine and is home for the French famous painter Claude Monet. Giverny is also a pilgrimages centre for the art lovers and travellers can enjoy to seeing Claude Monet spacious houses.

Rouen:-It is one of the third largest port cities in France. It is a Benedictine Palace and Museum, and is house for the Benedicture liqueur. One can not forget to visit central sides of the village known as Etretate.

Saint Michel:-The Mont-St-Michel is about 264 feet high rocking islet. It is an excellent sightseeing for the visitors in France and around the world and surrounded by half miles massive walls and reached there by climb up streets.

American Art Museum:-It is an American Art Museum in which they worked in Giverny when the American Artist came to the France at the end of the 19thcentury to study and work on painting.

Deauville / Trouville:-It is known as best luxurious resort town in Normandy. There are many classical hotel and resorts, casinos, race tracks, golf courses and polo grounds. So it has recognized as leisure place for the business travellers. It has a twin city known as Trouville, is separated from the Deauville by the river Touques and another town known as Hon fleur, is a charming and beautiful harbour village with narrow timbered houses. Famous artist like Monet and Baud-Laire are spent time in the 11th century town.

Haras du Pin:-It is a tourists place for horse show and competition. Tourists are welcome by local peoples to attend horse show and competition and another horse breeding estate known as Versailles of horses. One can not forget to visit the Alencon’s Fine Arts and Lace Museum which is presents varies collection of French and European Lace from the 17th to 20th century.

Landing Beaches:-It is a military landing beaches which built in 1944.There are several museums, bunkers, magnificent Cathedral of Nortre Dame and cemeteries to the battle of Normandy. It is a camp base from which to tour the beaches and situated in a small town known as Bayeaux.

Alsace-It is a Place of Border with Germany and Switzerland and between Rhine and Vosages Mountains.

Alsace is situated on the west bank of the river Rhine, and is located between the Rhine and Vosges mountains. To the north and east it share a border with Germany; to the south share a border with Switzerland and the west with Lorraine and French Comte. Alsace is one of the smallest and densely populated regions in France. This region is very beautiful by the Vosges Mountains and river Rhine. It is a best place for grape cultivation and wine production. Amongst the varies wine, white wine is very popular and German wine tradition like Riesling, Sylvaner both are famous in Alsace and others European countries.

It is surprising that, most of the peoples speak German and their social life has influenced by the German tradition. It is a part of German speaking areas in central Europe. One can enjoy to seeing traditional attractive villages and scenic view of Vosges mountains range.

Alsace is a part of the Rhine valley corridor, and historically, it is an important trading route in Europe and its economic developments has always depended as much as on its neighbour’s country like Germany as link with other part of France. So as a result, the region could be most prosperous and trading centres in France.

Alsace has a very distinctive features is that, it is neither in France or nor in German. It is also known as friendly and welcoming regions in France and politically most important regions in European Union. Now a day a large proportion of the population speaks Alsacian. It is definitely Germanic with its village which elegantly painted with steep-roofed half timbered houses.

Northern Alsace:-It is a beautiful region in France. This is a basically forested region and is comfortable in all seasons. Strasbourg is the capital of the northern Alsace and significance in political, economical and cultural aspects. It is attracts a large number of an international visitors because it has constituted one of the two seats of the European parliament. There are also historical and traditional castles, monasteries and beautiful villages which are attracting the visiting travellers. La Petite-Pierre is an outstanding tourist’s village in the northern Vosges regional nature park in Alsace.

Southern Alsace:-This is a larger town in southern Alsace. Mulhouse and Colmar are one of the most beautiful cities in France. There are some exotic villages which are attracting the visiting travellers.



Place of attractions in Alsace:-

*Strasbourg: - Historical centre, Cathedral Petit France, River Boat tours, the seat of European Parliament etc.

*Colmar: - Historical city centre in Alsace with its half timbered houses etc.

*Molhouse:-It has a French national railways museum, and the Car Museum.

*La Route des Vine: - Wonderful view of Alsace wine vineyards and wine villages.

*Vosges Mountains: - Like enjoy the mountains bike riding, nature walk and water skiing etc.

Tourism: - Alsace is one of the most densely and populated regions in France. It is famous for its picturesque villages, churches and scenic view of the town. It is popular for its wine vineyards and Vosages Mountains. It is green forest and picturesque lakes that are attract visitors in France and around the world.

Culture: - Historically, it is a Holy Roman Empire and German realm of cultures. These regions have passed between German and France since the 7th century. So it could be a mixed cultural blend. Rural parts of culture still remained more traditional and German realm of culture, whereas modern institutions are totally dominated by French culture.

Cuisine: - Cuisine is still based upon traditional style of German. Alsatians are like to eat pork and cooked it in different ways. Such traditional item is baeckeoffe and flammkueche and in French is known as ‘tarte flambee.”

How to reach in Alsace:-

By road:-Spaghetti is the main motorways junction in Alsace, and its outlying areas of Strasbourg and Mulhouse. The A4 toll road towards Paris is about 20 km northwest of Strasbourg and A36 toll road towards the Lyon is about 10 km west of Mulhouse. Another A35 auto route which is links to Saint-Louis on the Switzerland border to Lauterbourg on the German border.

By trains: - One can go to high speed France national train, known as TGV, from Paris and vise versa.

By air: - The international airport at Strasbourg in Entzheim and Euro Airport, Basel-Mulhouse-Freeburg, its one of the seventh largest airport in terms of traffic. Strasbourg is about two hour’s journey from Frankfurt main airport, and it is placed one of the largest European airport.

Bordeaux - an outstanding Urban and Architectural Ensemble of the Eighteenth Century and Capital of Famous Wine Industry in the World

Bordeaux is a port city of south west France and a regional capital of Aquitaine. The Bordeaux city was built by the river of Garonne. It inhabitants are known as Bordelais. It constitutes the second largest urban area in France, and it is three hour’s journey from Paris by high speed train, popularly known as TGV and is an international airport, which is 8 km away from the city of Bordeaux.

Aeronautics engineering:-Bordeaux is very popular for its aeronautics engineering and renowned military space research complex in France.

Tourism in Bordeaux:-It is famous for urban scenic beauty and 18th century city historical centre which has recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage List, as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble” of the 18th century.

Places to visit in Bordeaux: - One can not refuse to visit such a historical places while travellings to Bordeaux which are as Esplanade Quincones, Colonnes des Girondins, Place du Chapelet, 6th century Basilica of Saint seurin Bordeaux, Grand Theatre, the oldest church of Bordeaux etc which are attracting travellers.

Wine of Bordeaux: - It is 5th largest metropolitan areas in France and the renowned capital of wine industry. The world famous and expensive wines are producing in this industry since the 18th century. It is also very much popular for quality, taste, and flavour of wines. There are quality of vineyards, wine chateaux and more than 13000 grapes growers. It is produces both red and white wines and is home for the world’s main wine fair, vinexpo etc.

Brief history of Bordeaux: - Bordeaux area was inhabited by the Neanderthalensis few thousand years ago and they have found at Pair-non-Pair Cave, in Bordeaux. In around 300 B.C, the Celtic tribes popularly known as ‘Bituriges Vivisci’ has settled here and named the town called ‘Burdigala’and the Burde is still the name of a river in the south of Bordeaux. Due to proper location, Burdigala has become a very prosperous business centre and its economic success to bring to made it the barbaric invasions. It is frequent invasions is to be continued until the 12th century when the Alienor d’ Aquitaine and Henry 11 came to power and settled the peace agreement.

During the war 1337-1453 the French kings has tried to control over the lands which held by the English kings. This long time warfare gave impetus an idea about French nationality and to the French instead of being into Dukedoms. During this period, the population in France was 14 million and England was 2 million.

French has got the land after a long battle of war, and English were lost the land in French which captured by the English kings. The final captured by the French in 1451 after a long period of 100 years war. The 18th century Bordeaux was a Golden Age. Bordeaux city continued to be expanded and made it best business and commercial centre in France and Europe. Now a days Bordeaux region is France’s world famous wine region and make it one of the best heritage and prosperous city which are attracting the thousands of visitor in every year for its quality wine, food, history and classical architectural design.

How to reach in Bordeaux:-

By air:-Bordeaux is connected to Paris by A10 motorway, with Lyon by A89, with Toulouse by A62 and with Spain by A63. It is a main road and motorway junction.

By rail:-Bordeaux is 3 hour’s rail journey from Paris by the France national high speed train, known as TGV. The main rail junction is Gare- de- Bordeaux Saint-Jean. The TGV also connected major European cities, such as Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, London and other major centre in France.

By air:-It has an international airport and airport de Bordeaux Merignac which is located 8 km away from main city centre.

Accommodation:-There are many cheap and luxurious hotels are available in Bordeaux, such as Alton Hotel, Appart Hotel, Victoria Gardenin Bordeaux, Apart Valley Bordeaux, Best Western Hotel Royal St Jean, Hotel De Seze, Quality Hotel St Catherine, Hotel Inn Bordeaux Meriadeck, Inter Hotel Alton, Mercure Bordeaux Le Lac etc.