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  • Arrondissements - Sections of Paris

    Paris Favorites

    If you are used to spread-out American cities, Paris is compact. Most tourist sights are in a central area. There are many hotels and restaurants within the center and they come in all price ranges. If you want to avoid spending your sightseeing day on the Metro, find a hotel in the center of town. This would be arrondissement (district) numbers 1,...

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  • Customs - Coutumes

    Cannes Favorites

    The sound of water is said to be soothing and in Cannes the sound coming from the many fountains from a street planted fountain to hanging on a wall fountain, your admiring of and listening to the music each plays with the falling water, is one way to enjoy the sights of Cannes without spending a penny. Walking around Cannes is what it is all...

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    Lyon Favorites

    La basilique de Notre-Dame de Fourvière domine la ville de Lyon depuis le sommet de la colline de Fourvière, sur l'emplacement de l'ancien Forum de Trajan (Forum vetus, d'où le nom de Fourvière), où Saint Pothin subit le martyre. Son architecture de style néo-byzantin est l'œuvre de Pierre Bossan. The basilica of Notre-Dame of Fourvière dominates...

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  • Life in the streets

    Avignon Favorites

    There was nothing better than taking an evening stroll after dinner through the Place de l'horloge. Nightime brings the people out an about and is a great people watching time. We enjoyed outr evening walks and enjoying some after dinner ice cream. The evening weather was considerably cooler which was a nice break from the daytime heat.

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  • Walking around Lille

    Lille Favorites

    Central Lille is a delight to wander being both compact and diverse. From the Grand Place, a mere stone's throw from the main railway station, just about everywhere of interest is easily walkable. The ultra-modern Euralille district, built around the Gare Lille Europe, is about ten minutes due east whilst the old town begins immediately to the...

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  • Impressions & Souvenirs

    Toulouse Favorites

    Its a city dear to us as wife's father comes from nearby,and we visit often. It is ,also, a city that I need to visit on business quite often. Its a wonderful pink city of France. Walking its marvelous around the canal du midi and the train station Matabiau:or the place Wilson. The historical college/ lycée Pierre-de-Fermat , it occupied the space...

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  • Vieux Port

    Marseille Favorites

    Quite close to the old Port, I came across this beautiful old fashioned Carousel and Admission Box. I was really impressed that Carousels as beautiful as this one are still around. In Australia, they are a thing of the past, only modern ones operating now, and such a shame. The one at Marseille, was double story, and had many nice paintings inside...

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  • General Town Information

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Favorites

    Learn some basic French phrases before you go to France - it's only polite to know how to say 'hello', 'please' and 'thank you'! Please ask if someone speaks English before starting to rattle off at them in a foreign language (ie, English!!). Chamonix is in France, and oddly enough most French prefer to speak their own language rather than a...

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  • ARCHITECTURE

    Rouen Favorites

    The Place de la Rougemare in Rouen has some lovely examples of the half timbered buildings and stone buildings which fill Rouen's old centre. Whilst there are plenty of examples of such buildings I liked this 'Place' as it seemed to be a little off the tourist track and was quieter and just seemed very residential and 'real french'. The two...

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  • Old Town

    Colmar Favorites

    The traditional Christmas Markets of Colmar, on different squares, are for me a standard of what a Christmas market should be: A glitter of decorations and magic lightings, Products responding to art and tradition qualitative criteria. In Colmar regional craftsmanship, local products and the traditional cakes, pastries and confectionary of...

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  • Tour Pass

    Yvoire Favorites

    An useful pass if you want to visit and enjoy Yvoire at the max. This pass is available at the tourist centre for the price of EUR 20 for adult or EUR 15 for children and offer: - Guided visits around the medieval village (EUR 4) - Entrance to The Garden of the Fives Senses (EUR 10) - A 30 minutes cruise on the solar boat Aquarel (EUR 6) -...

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  • Walking

    Paris Favorites

    coming to the end of 2013 and digging on all boxes, found some old photos I took with older analog camera, the views are not that great as had to scan them, but typically Paris will like to share with all here. these are landmarks of Paris on my walks in the city when I used to worked there. 1) Church of Sacre Cœur 2) back of Notre Dame,and the...

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  • Places to visit - Lieux

    Cannes Favorites

    The Cannes Film Festival / Festival de Cannes) is the world's most prestigious film festival. The 59th Festival will take place between May 17-28, 2006. The Award Ceremony will be held on Sunday May 28th !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wanna see celebrities? One sure-fire method is of course the red...

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  • Croix Rousse

    Lyon Favorites

    La Croix-Rousse, "colline qui travaille", pendant ouvrier et laborieux de Fourvière, la "colline qui prie", a été bâtie au début du XIXè siècle sur des terrains qui appartenaient aux communautés religieuses. Les pentes s’opposent traditionnellement au plateau. Les pentes de la Croix-Rousse font partie du territoire classé au patrimoine Mondial par...

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  • Palais des Papes

    Avignon Favorites

    This huge plaza in front of the Palais is usually teeming with people. It is a great place for lunch or a drink or snack and listen to music from various street entertainers. When we were there we heard a good musical group from the Andes (I don't know how they ended up here). The plaza was also used for huge crowds whenever they consecrated a new...

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  • Nothing to do with Lille

    Lille Favorites

    Sea, rock and soil are the vital ingredients that make up the diverse landscapes of the Cote d’Opale. The sea is the dominant factor and from Wissant in the east to Ambleteuse to the west a succession of fishing villages and seaside resorts provide continuous interest for the visitor. The area between Caps Blanc Nez and Gris Nez is especially...

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  • Architecture religious

    Toulouse Favorites

    Au milieu du XI e siècle, l'église devenant trop petite pour accueillir les nombreux pèlerins qui faisaient halte à Toulouse sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, on commença, sous la conduite de Raymond Gayrard, vers 1080, la construction du chevet de la vaste église actuelle. Le pape Urbain II en consacra le coeur le 24 mai 1096. In the...

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  • La Canebière

    Marseille Favorites

    I wasn't sure where to put this tip - hotels, warnings or where. My husband's USNavy ship was coming into Marseille, and I was meeting him there. We had met earlier in Valencia Spain, and I had taken a train from there to Grenada where I spent the night. Then I took the train back to Madrid, flew to Barcellona that night and took a train to...

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  • Aiguille du Midi

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Favorites

    Only for hikers in good shape: As I wrote in my "things to do", the areal tramway to l'Aiguille du Midi isn't cheap (40 euros/person in 2009). The ultimate place to hike to, is "Le Plan de l'Aiguille" (2233m). As Chamonix is 1036m, you can decide for yourself if you are ready for this adventure. Our sons made it in a bit more than 3 hours, but...

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  • CITY SCENES

    Rouen Favorites

    a city with such history of France and maintains so well its buildings needs more time, and walking is the best way to see the cities of France. Rouen was one of the first cities ever that I visited here and its has remained with me. I used to go a lot here living nearer, now I will plan my trips. and one extra photo for the show, riding and you...

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  • Museums

    Colmar Favorites

    For all those who are interested in culture, museums, art collections the regional museums pass (Oberrheinischer Museumspass) is a great deal. The Museums Pass covers more than 150 museums in the region, including Germany, France and Switzerland and such famous museums like the Art Museum in Basel and the Unterlinden museum in...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Paris Favorites

    You can see the Eiffel Tower from just about everywhere in Paris, however, the best place to get a good photo of the tower is from the plaza at the Palais Challiot. The double decker buses stop right in front at the Trocadero Square. The Trocadero Metro (lines 6 and 9) is right nearby as well. As my photo shows, you will not be alone in trying to...

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  • History

    Cannes Favorites

    There has arrived to Cannes Prosper Merime. He was the general inspector on historical monuments. In some years he constructed his own summer residence on the coast. He achieved the construction of the 60-kilometer channel for maintenance of coast with water. In 1887 Cannes were visited by the queen of England Victoria, and since then celebrities...

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  • Presqu'ile

    Lyon Favorites

    Très tôt, une pompe occupa la place, puis une fontaine où l'on devait installer la statue du préfet Vaïsse. La fontaine actuelle fût décidée en 1877. Sa réalisation fût confiée à l'architecte Gaspard André et au sculpteur Charles Delaplanche. Sous le titre "Lyon à ceux qui l'ont illustré" ils élevèrent un imposant monument dans le goût de l'époque....

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  • Pont St-Benezet

    Avignon Favorites

    The famous bridge at Avignon, the song that every French schoolchild knows and quite a few English ones who are learning French. Unfortunately, there was no one dancing when we visited, but it was extremely interesting to read about the history and the ceremonies and meetings that took place there over the centuries. Here are a few sites that...

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  • Museums

    Lille Favorites

    On the Place de la République you will find the hugue museum of beautiful art, which is the 2nd museum of France after the Louvre With 22.000 m2 of space. The building is not just interesting because of the art that is inside, but also because of the architecture. During the recent renovation they have put an extra building towards the old part,...

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  • Garonne river & banks

    Toulouse Favorites

    Les quais, tels que nous les connaissons aujourd'hui datent du XIX° siècle, lorsque les digues furent érigées pour proteger la ville des crues du fleuve. C'est une agréable promenade familliale depuis que la police en a chassé les dealers. The embankments, as us know them today date the XIX° century, when the dams were erected to protect the city...

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  • Les calanques

    Marseille Favorites

    The Calanques are actually pretty bare, but if you look closer you will find the most interesting plants there. The sight of huge bushes of rosemary was awesome, and some of the plants were unknown to me - but thanks to VT member Jean Louis (JLBG) I can give you the exact names. First is the scientific name, second the French names(s) and third an...

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  • Mont Blanc Massif / Aiguilles Rouges...

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Favorites

    No matter where you stand, as soon as someone points out Mont Blanc (if you cant see it yourself) you will be awed! At first it does not seem that high but as soon as you realise how high you are above sea level, you will be shocked! A MUST SEE!

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  • VIEUX MARCHE

    Rouen Favorites

    I used to come here often and stop by the museum, it is now closed and the items sold to different collectors and other smaller museum at auction. Closed since 2002. Still it is a nice souvenir of a great museum to a grand lady of France started by private persons in 1958. its was at 33 place du vieux marché, next to the church where she was...

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  • Petite Venise

    Colmar Favorites

    There is a district which is called Little Venice by many coz the whole center of the town is cut by numerous small shallow channels.... One can hire a small boat with engine looking like an air ventialtor :)))) and have a ride along the channels.

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  • Books & Guides

    Paris Favorites

    In 2013 an attractive new guidebook was published – first in French and then a couple months later also in English – with suggestions on how to use the Vélib’ bikes for sightseeing “in the Paris of the Parisians”. The book lists seven sightseeing tours and includes detailed maps for each, showing what there is to see and do, where there are...

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  • Cathédrale St-Jean

    Lyon Favorites

    Originellement du XIVe siècle, elle fut remaniée plusieurs fois. Elle indique : la date, les positions de la lune, du soleil et de la Terre, ainsi que celle des étoiles au-dessus de Lyon. Bien entendu, compte tenu des connaissances de l'époque, c'est le soleil qui tourne autour de la Terre. La date donnée sera exacte jusqu'en 2019. Au-dessus de...

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  • City Walls

    Avignon Favorites

    Approaching Avignon, the first thing you see as you enter the city perimeters from the south are the walls and towers that seem to rise up from a country covered with olives. The exterior of these magnificent walls, begun by Innocent VI (1352-1362) and finished by Urban V (1362-1370). In the fourteenth century, there were seven gates, two others...

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  • Festivals

    Lille Favorites

    Every year, on the first weekend in September, Lille holds it's famous "braderie" where practically the whole city centre transforms into one huge market with a party atmosphere. A million visitors can be expected over the weekend for Lille's biggest annual event.

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  • Architecture civilian

    Toulouse Favorites

    One of the things I find enchanting about Toulouse are the balconies and grill work on homes. Having lived in New Orleans I have seen this before, but here in Toulouse the variety is really quite dramatic. While you are walking around the city make sure to look upwards, you will enjoy what you see. In particular look for figures of saints, bulls,...

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

    Marseille Favorites

    One of the most famous buildings in the city is the Church of NOTRE DAME DE LA GARDE. It is on a high hill overlooking the southern side of the Vieux-Port in Marseilles. It's belfry is topped by a huge, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. Built during 1853 to 1864, the church can be seen far out at sea and serves as a landmark for sailors. It is also...

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  • Mer De Glace & Montenvers

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Favorites

    Montenvers - this is the station where you catch the train for the 'Mer de Glace' trip. Stunning view from the start. Train du Montenvers 35, place de la Mer de Glace F-74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc Tél. : 00 33 (0)4 50 53 12 54 http://www.mer-de-glace.com

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  • GROS HORLOGE

    Rouen Favorites

    Close to the Gros Horloge, this building offers a different style, no exposed beams, no "colombage" with small windows. It might have been built in the early 19th century and bears the influence of trading with the Nordic countries.

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  • La Seine

    Paris Favorites

    This is one of my favorite areas of Paris, spent many times here, business took me here for activities on the peniche boats and family took me back to show off. Just an easy drive into the port entrance with free parking by the Seine river, and up the stairs to the Eiffel tower, and trocadero or go into the bateaux parisiens or vedettes de paris or...

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  • Fourvière Hill

    Lyon Favorites

    Fourviere hill: Basilica Fourviere (accessible by funicular to Fourviere or by foot from Vieux-Lyon) Fourviere hill: Rose garden (accessible by funicular to Fourviere; by foot from the Roman theatre and Vieux-Lyon) Croix-Rousse: (accessible by metro ligne C (yellow) to Croix Rousse, walk back down to the city and you'll pass some perfect scenic...

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  • Festivals

    Avignon Favorites

    If you must have a reason to go to Avignon, then go to Festival d'Avignon in July. I have been there twice. Although in my second visit I almost didn't see any performances indoors -- theatre is all around you in the streets. I miss the nights -- the parties we had, the people we met, the wine, the moon, the river...

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  • Vieux-Lille

    Lille Favorites

    We made a day trip to Lille in 2004 when it was the cultural capital of Europe. I was surprised how lovely this city is. It's not too big, so you can see most of the important buildings during one day. I especially liked the old city "Vieux Lille". Most of the houses in this part of the city were built in typical Flemish or French style and are...

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  • Arts & Museums

    Toulouse Favorites

    Sous les arcades, le peintre Moretti a réalisé, à grand frais une "galerue" que l'on ne remarque quère, car elle est peinte sous le plafond, alors que l'espace est constamment encombré par les tables des cafés, le présentoirs des marchands, les mendiants... de plus, l'endroit est très fréquenté par les pik-poquets et autres voleurs... Encore des...

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  • Cours Julien

    Marseille Favorites

    Uphill away from the Gare St.Charles is the arty bohemian centre of Cours Julien. Don't be scared by the colourful graffiti and leftfield edge, this is a great place to come for some entertainment, theatrical or otherwise, or to get an old French BD, or a coffee and a crepe, or just to hang out. And you will love the views across Marseille from...

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