Orléans Travel Guide

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Orléans Things to Do

  • Cathedral

    The twin towers of the cathedral are out standing. The cathedral is dedicated to St Croix. The towers are 88m high and the spire over 100m. high.

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  • Statue.

    Joan of Arc 1412 -- 1431. The maid of Orleans is a folk heroine of France., and RC saint. She was burned at the stake for heresy when 19 years old. 25 years later the Pope pronouced her innocent. The statue is in the middle of the main square Orleans.

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  • Cathedrale Ste-Croix

    Cathedrale Ste-Croix- the typical sample of a "burning" gothic style. The initial cathedral practically was completely destroyed during religious wars. Yhe crowning of Gugo Capeth took place in an old cathedral in 987. The new Cathedral was constructed in XVII century. It has two towers 82 m. You can go upstears to admire a beautiful view from the...

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  • Jeanne d'Arc

    First of all the city associates with "the Orlean's maiden". It is considered that Jeanne d'Arc in 1429, burning with the desire to release the country from English presence and to crown the king, strucked a crushing blow to the opponent here. Jeanne's equestrian statue is installed at the main square of the city. There is Maison de Jeanne d'Arc in...

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  • place to Dine

    Orleans is also a fine place to dine, with a particularly vast choice of ethnic restaurants on the city's Rue De Bourgogne, the main drag which also is the center of the nightlife scene.

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  • St. Croix Cathedral

    The original 13th century cathedral was destroyed in the 16th century by the Huguenots, and rebuilt between the 17th and 19th centuries in its present Gothic style. Of particular interest are the rose window dedicated to Louis XIV, the chapel of Joan of Arc, the ornate woodwork depicting the life of Christ around the choir and transepts, and the...

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  • Unknown Tower

    This Tower near to the St. Croix Cathedral, but I don't know what this tower is, b'cos we can't enter in to see, it's surrounded by the houses and no way to go in....

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  • Walking Around

    Streets around the cathedral full of charming timbered houses, most of that timbered houses become cafes, restaurants, shops. Walking around here it's nice to admiring all that houses.

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  • Streets

    Streets of the old Orleans, around the Cathedral, are lovely, with cafes and nice half timbered houses. Did I mention that I saw in France more half timbered house than in any other country?

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  • Statue of Joan d'Arc

    Place du Martroi is where the statue of the Maid of Orleans is located. This is also the center of the old city, from here you can start the tour.

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  • Cathedrale Sainte-Croix

    The big cathedral in Orleans is a very beautiful classic Gothic cathedral. The actual cathedral stands from 1829 but as all great monuments it had a very troubled history.In 330 when Orleans was called Aurelianum a roman church was established on the actual place of Sainte-Croix. But it was finished only in 450. In 865 the Normands tried to destroy...

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  • Bridge over Loire

    Orleans is also located on the river Seine, that is why it was so important in history of France. The bridge over Seine resembles to all of the bridges along the river, you can't really choose them apart if you didn't make a note on the picture when you took it.As I later found this was only one of the 5 bridges that cross the river Seine in...

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Orléans Restaurants

  • Bistrot à l'ancienne

    In the historical center of Orléans, near the Loire, this very small restaurant is very friendly and original for its dishes. Better call and book before going because it's always crowded (for lunch by the workers who have their break and for supper by those who know the place).Open from Monday to Saturday.***Last time I ate there:...

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  • Comme en Alsace / A touch of Alsace

    This big restaurant, very famous and appreciated in Orléans, always crowded, offers all the most cooking specialities from Alsace with their "Flammenküche" (also called "Tartes Flambées" in French) and their "Choucroute" (a big plate made of cabbage and meat).It's open 7 days a week for lunch and supper. Waiters are very efficients and...

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  • Yes there are many good...

    Yes there are many good restaurants here. Look at the atmosphere, the kind of food and the prices and then pick anyone you like. But there are also big supermarkets nearby. So when you have a big tent with cooking gear, a caravan or when you hired a bungalow, hey let's go do some groseries. Some bungalowparks and campings have their own little...

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Orléans Nightlife

  • The least Irish Irish Bar ever!

    This is a really popular bar with everybody but particularly students. It is supposedly an Irish bar but the only thing Irish about it is the fact that there is a dusty old flag in the corner and that it sells Guiness!Once you get past this though it is a great bar to go with friends as there is a terrace with plenty of tables and chairs and a...

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  • Best rhum bar in town!

    This is one of the best bars in town. It is where my friends and I went every weekend while we were here teaching English for a year!If you like rhum they have about 20 different jars all with different flavourings in eg. lime, cinnamon, passion fruit etc. Be careful though because they are lethal! If you don't like rhum don't worry cos they have...

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  • Orleans has several cafees and...

    Orleans has several cafees and bars, you also can go swimming in the evening at the bungalowparc or go and listen to live music. Ofcourse Orleans has a cinema and theatre you could visit too.

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Orléans Transportation

  • Orleans Rail.

    Orleans rail station is a modern structure in the centre of town . The train from Paris is from Gare Austerlitz and takes one hour. Example 13-27 arrive Orleans 14-32. From this station i travelled on to Bordeaux, with a change at St Pierre. There is another station in the suburbs.Gare des Aubrais for long distance trains . .The Americans bombed...

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  • Train

    Orléans is served by two main railway station: the central Gare d'Orléans and the Gare des Aubrais-Orléans, in the northern suburbs. Most long distance trains only stop at the Les Aubrais-Orléans station, which offers connections to Paris, Lille, Tours, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Nevers and several regional destinations.

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  • High-Speed train (TGV) is...

    High-Speed train (TGV) is connecting Paris to Orleans several times a day.From Orleans, you may visit the valley by bus or even by train. The French railways system is quite efficient, although regionalised, so that timetables are more difficult to be found whenever you have to travel across the regional borders.

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Orléans Local Customs

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    Not all French eat cheese, baguettes, salami and drink wine ofcourse. But you can get these things every where in France. These goods are the best too in France and no where else :) So go and taste this culture food :)

    Some cultural history about Orleans: In the 10th and 11th century Orleans was a royal residence. On may 8th 1429 Jeanne d'Arc frees the by the English taken Orleans. She leads the army of the Dauphin, the later King Charles VII. Since the day that Jeanne d'Arc came and set the city free of the English, the French remind thsi historical day every year. A festival called 'Fetes de Jeanne d'Arc' is also held then (may 7 and 8). For more information tel +33 02 38 79 23 86 or fax +33 02 38 79 21 13.

    Another festival of Orleans is 'Orleans Jazz'. This festival is held from the end of june till the beginning of july. For more information: +33 02 38 53 27 13 / +33 02 38 24 05 05 or fax +33 02 38 54 49 84.

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Orléans Tourist Traps

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    The terraces of the main square at Montpellier are rather pricey. You'de better pick out one that isn't too chic or otherwise you will have to pay a lot of money.

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Orléans What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Backpack, sportsbag or suitcase. It depends on how you want to travel and what kind of accomodation you would like to use.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dress lightly in summer. Always bring a sweater and a pair of trousers, the nights can be chilly.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anti mosquito cream or spray and suncream.

    Photo Equipment: Good film for your camera is available here.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is possible. So when you are camping bring along a tent / caravan and a sleeping bag, unless you hired a ready put on tent ofcourse.

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Orléans Off The Beaten Path

  • It's hidden away in some...

    It's hidden away in some behind street, but when you find it and get to see it...What am I talking about?The Cathedral of Orleans ofcourse, you really must go and take a look!

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  • You can go inside to if you...

    You can go inside to if you like. It's really worth taking a look. The windows with the glass in lead are very pretty. And it's always nice to cool off here too ;)

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  • Ah yes and here it's from the...

    Ah yes and here it's from the front. The cathedral has got two large towers on it and stands in a nice open space.

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Orléans Favorites

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    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is a map with Orleans and the Castle area Loire around it. You can see most of the castles here around the map. I will put more pictures and information about all the pretty castles (Chambord and Blois for example) in my travellogue to be later on.

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