Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do

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    Aix en Provence
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda
  • Things to Do
    by Maryimelda

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Things to Do

  • Vieux Nice - Old Town

    Nice Things to Do

    Wow! One of the best memories of Nice is the old town market called Cours Saleya. Old town, Vieille Ville, is another wow, but this is just about the market. Wake up early, walk from your hotel to the old town plaza and viola! Covered cart after cart of flowers, all kinds, make a rainbow right before your eyes. You can purchase just about any type...

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  • Le Suquet

    Cannes Things to Do

    One of the nicest places to visit in Cannes where you can see the locals in shops, stores, and sitting at outdoor cafes is in the old town on the hill, Le Suquet. Taking the winding streets up the hill requires a little effort but is an ideal way to exercise the wonderful tastes of Cannes that you devoured at a bustling restaurant near the harbor...

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde

    Marseille Things to Do

    The Basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is on the highest hill in Marseille, 162 meters above sea level, so it can be seen from most places in the city and the harbor. It is a colorful, friendly church nicknamed the “good mother”. Even secular people tend to like it and feel that it casts a protective aura over the city. Unlike the basilicas...

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  • Other towns & attractions near Avignon

    Avignon Things to Do

    Apologies for the poor picture quality, but this photo was snapped out of the window of a moving bus between Avignon and Pont du Gard, after I'd done a double take to confirm that I'd really seen what I thought I saw ... Grape growing is clearly big business in Provence - and it is home to many prestigious vineyards such as the world famous...

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  • Cathédrale Saint Sauveur

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    The cloister of the church of St. Sauveur is one hindred years older than the church. It is Romanesque and was built between 1180 and the early years of the 13C at the same time as the cloister at Arles. It is rectangular and has bas relief statues at the corners. There are pairs of delicate columns between the ends that are topped by capitals that...

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  • Beach

    Nice Things to Do

    You must wear Jellies ! The stony beaches can hurt and be hot in the summer so wear the right thing on the beach. If you don't like the look of the person next to you then move away some were else. I have been coming to Nice since 2001 and its a wonderful place. There has been some trouble in the Cours Saleya area but its become a big drinking...

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  • Palais des Festivals - Film Festival

    Cannes Things to Do

    -Founded in 1946 -Palme d'Or( Golden Palm) award created in 1955, is the highest prize awarded by the Festival's jury to the year's best competing film. -takes place every year in May Admission to the Steps, to the Palais and to the Festival and Marché du Film Theatres is strictly prohibited to any person carrying a camcorder, camera, webcam or...

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  • Vieux Port

    Marseille Things to Do

    The Old Port is where Marseille was founded over 2,600 years ago. This was the city’s commercial and military harbor for most of that time, but now it is used mainly for pleasure boats, since the new container ships have their own bigger harbor just a short distance away to the north. My first photo shows the Old Port as seen from the Frioul If...

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  • Palais des Papes

    Avignon Things to Do

    Built in the 14th century, this palace. now Unesco Heritage, is a very important remain of one of the most dramatic period of the catholic church. Escaping from the violence in Rome, the pope Clement V moved to Avignon, fixing there the pope's official residence, until their return to Rome in 1377. French didn't accept and elected a second pope,...

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  • Cours Mirabeau

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    At its west end the Cours Mirabeau reaches the Fountain of the King Rene and his statue where he is holding his famous grapes. From here the Cours runs east past the Fountain of the Nine Canons and at the mid-point past the Fontainne Chaude which oozes 34"C water. At the east end of the Cours is La Rotonda, a 19C elaborate fountain. sited at the...

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  • Le Château

    Nice Things to Do

    Castle Hill is a misleading name. In fact it's a park with a very spectacular fountain, or rather a waterfall easily seen from below. Get there on the first day of your visit to see spectacular vistas over the whole city, the bay and adore the colour of the sea. There is a lift to get to the top. The park is closed at 8 p.m.

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  • La Croisette

    Cannes Things to Do

    At the end of La Croisette one finds nice gardens with palm trees. One is called "Jardin d'Arménie" (photo 1) the other the "Roseraie" of the Square de Verdun. There is a beach called "Bijou Plage" (photo 2). The views are nice on the Bay of Cannes with the Esterel hills on the other side. Spectacular are the enormous cruise ships on anchor in the...

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  • Les Calanques

    Marseille Things to Do

    Hello, I am the owner of Blue Attractions Marseille, Blue Attractions is the english version of the well known marseille's company "bleu evasion". We offer trips in the Calanques on comfortable boats, with swimming and a lot of possiblities, even a tour by night for an unforgettable sightseeing. Our website is...

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  • Pont du Gard

    Avignon Things to Do

    The most beautiful place, but am I the only one to see that, clearly these are marked as Provence trips and AVIGNON AND PONT DU GARD, ARLES & most of the other "Provencal" sites are in fact IN LANGUEDOC ROUSSILLON!! Clearly Provence does not have any good sites to visit so has to lay claim to our own Languedoc Roussillon as it's own!!

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  • Market

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    Aix-en-Provence is a very different French city. There are fountains and trees and beautiful buildings as in the rest of France, but there don't seem to be as many museums and churches to visit. It's fun to wander the streets in the Old Town, to have a coffee on the Cours Mirabeau and to visit the Musée Granet and Cezanne's studio. St. Sauveur...

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  • Promenade des Anglais

    Nice Things to Do

    A walk down the Promenade des Anglais is a wonderful way to begin a tour of Nice. The wide walk built in the early 1800's provides the visitor with a view of the city as well as the beautiful sea which always seems to be "home" to incredibly beautiful yachts.

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  • Vieux-Port - Harbour

    Cannes Things to Do

    I was really lucky to be in Cannes at the end of Sept 2008 for the 30th Anniversary of Cannes' Régates Royales, Panerai Trophee, and to be able to see marvellous racing vessels built between the second half of the 19th Century and the end of the 20th. This was a festival of passion and knowledge of building sailing boats, preserving and racing with...

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  • Château d'If

    Marseille Things to Do

    This is the second smallest of the Frioul Islands, just off the coast of Marseille. These islands are practically right in front of the entrance to the Old Port. You can get there on the Frioul If Express (first photo). The origin of the name Île d'If is rather mysterious. It has nothing to do with the English word if, in any case. There is a...

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  • Pont D'Avignon / Pont Saint Bénezet

    Avignon Things to Do

    The church built over Pont d'Avignon is in fact split into two chapels. The Romanesque-style lower level is Chapelle Saint-Bénezet, which dates from the 12th century and once held the relics of its namesake saint. Above it is Chapelle Saint Nicolas, the Gothic church dating from the 13th century. Much like the bridge underneath, the two chapels lie...

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  • Museums

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    The Musee du Vieil Aix is a 17th Century manor house with several rooms decorated in the style of the 17th century along with a number of exhibits. It is not all that big and only takes 20-30 minutes to go through.

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  • Cours Saleya

    Nice Things to Do

    Don't miss the market at Cours Saleya if you are in Nice. The most famous is the flower market, but there is a fish market, vegetable market, spice market . . . anything you could want. Check the Nice town web site for market times and locations but the most fun is Cours Saleya. It looks like all the French markets you've read about with striped...

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  • Château de la Castre - Castle Museum

    Cannes Things to Do

    Admission is 3.20 Euros Discounted rate is 2 Euros Admission free The first sunday of each month for students under 26 for all young people under 18 for disable persons Opening hours October to March 10am/1pm - 2pm/ 5pm closed Monday April to June & September 10am/ 1pm - 2pm/ 6pm closed Monday July & August 10am/7pm non-stop open...

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  • Palais de Longchamp

    Marseille Things to Do

    Wow! If you have a chance, come here and have a look at the elaborate fountains. The funny thing here, is the Palais Longchamp, IS NOT A PALACE! It is an elaborate monument showcasing the importance of water to Marseille. Ever since the city was founded by the Greeks as a trading port in 600 BC, finding enough water has been a problem. With an...

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  • Look around the City

    Avignon Things to Do

    Tour St Jean is located diagonally across the square from the Les Halles fresh produce market, and is all that remains of a complex founded by the Hospital Order of St John of Jerusalem (usually known as the Knights Hospitaller) in the mid 13th century. Along with their bitter rivals, the Knight Templar, the Knights Hospitaller were one of the two...

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  • City of Fountains

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    Off the Cours to the south at the crossing of the rue-du-Septembre and the rue Cardinale is the Place-des-Quatre Dauphins (the mammal, not the Dauphines related to the king) with its fountain of 1667. Note that the Church of St-Jean-de Malte is at the east end of this street.

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  • Russian Orthodox Cathedral

    Nice Things to Do

    Considered # 1, because: 1) It’s the biggest Russian church in Europe – outside Russia 2) It is indeed so spectacular that it was adopted by the French government as its own historic and cultural monument 3) There are two more Russian churches in Nice, and nearly every town in the French and Italian Riviera has one of its own Back to business - as...

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  • Iles de Lérins

    Cannes Things to Do

    Between Ste-Marguerite and St-Honorat island is a sound with turquoise blue waters which is a favorite anchoring point for small yachts and boats during the summer. On the big catamaran on the right side of my photo there was a party going on.

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  • Cathédrale de la Major

    Marseille Things to Do

    This unusual cathedral was built in the nineteenth century in Romano-Byzantine style. They say it is the only one of its kind in France. Construction of this cathedral took forty-one years, from 1852 to 1893. (So I suppose we shouldn’t be too impatient with some of the big construction projects in Germany that are only eight or nine years behind...

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  • City walls

    Avignon Things to Do

    First to be sighted in the historical centre of Avignon are the town wall and ramparts. The popes built these in the 14th century for fortification but as it turned out, the wall was not as impregnable as the actual Palais des Papes which has walls that are 18 feet thick. The wall is one of very few in France to be still completely intact. It is...

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  • Hôtel de Ville

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    The greater part of the west side of the Place de l'Hotel de Ville is occupied by a building of the same name. Much of the south side of the Place is occupied by the post office, which earlier was the grain market. The Hotej houses on its main floor, the library of the Perce Collection, materials of the man who won the Nobel Prize in literature in...

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  • Place Massena

    Nice Things to Do

    If you've been to Nice a few years ago, you might remember the main bus station. If you haven't been following the latest news, it no longer exists at that place. After extensive work for what it seemed a very long time, the "Promenade du Paillon" was open almost at the end of 2013. It's a promenade with some trees, kids' games, wood benches,...

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  • Beach

    Cannes Things to Do

    Yes there are public free beaches in Cannes even at the Croisette and they are as clean as the private beaches. As what concerns the crowd it all depends from the season and also of the time of the day. The ones I saw were nice and not so crowded at the end of September even on a sunny Sunday afternoon. At the Croisette there is one near the Palais...

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  • Cours Julien

    Marseille Things to Do

    The streets around Cours Julien alternate between run-down and uber-trendy, and nearly everything is covered in graffitti of the artistic variety (mostly). The square of Cours Julien is filled with restaurants and cafes with outdoor terraces, hip bars and arty boutiques, buskers and skateboarders. A shame it was August and so much was shut for the...

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  • Place de l'Horloge

    Avignon Things to Do

    I am a self confessed Christmas junkie, so my ears prick up at the mere mention of a Christmas market! Maybe I am exposing my ignorance, but I always tend to think of Christmas markets as being a Northern European phenomenon. Thus, it was both a surprise and a pleasure to stumble across mention of a Christmas market in Avignon as I was researching...

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  • Village of Gordes

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    When in Aix-en-Provence we visited the village of Gordes. Although Gordes is about 80 kilometres from Aix, (north of Aix and east of Avignon) a trip to this village, classified one of the most beautiful villages of France, is really worthwhile, at least when you have a car. Gordes is a traditional, but somewhat touristy village located on the top...

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  • Musée Matisse

    Nice Things to Do

    The MATISSE Museum is located " Villa des arenes" in the Cimiez park just near the gallo-roman ruins. This museum shows various works (paintings,sculptures,drawings..) from the artist who lived in Nice from 1917 to 1954. Henri MATISSE is a major french artist of the early 20th century. The chapel of the rosary considered by MATISSE as his...

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  • Notre Dame de l'Espérance

    Cannes Things to Do

    At the top of the Suquet hill the Church of Notre-Dame de l'Espérance (16-17th c.) looks more like a fortress as a church in late gothic style. The bell tower (16th c.) was part of the ancient hedging wall. The vaulted opening in the tower joins the square at the entrance of the church with the garden along the castle. This clock tower is nice and...

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  • Corniche

    Marseille Things to Do

    Another monument and another viewpoint, this time it commemorates the French settlers (pieds noirs) who left Algeria after independence in 1962, and arrived by ship in Marseille. This section of the Corniche overhangs the sea as it clings to the cliffs, but despite first appearances, there is still plenty of access to the sea. Look out for the...

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  • Cathedrale Notre-Dame-des-Doms

    Avignon Things to Do

    Notre Dame des Doms is located on Place du Palais, adjacent to the Palais des Papes, in the most heavily touristed part of Avignon. Notre Dame is Avignon's cathedral - that is, the seat of an archbishop - and largely dates from 12th century. Its most notable feature is a large, gilded statue of the Virgin Mary - a 19th century addition - which is...

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  • Cézanne

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    The Institut d'Etudes Françaises pour Etudiants Etrangers, part of the Universite de Paul Cezanne, is just one of the schools in Aix where you can study French. It is where I attended for two semesters.

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  • Chagall Museum

    Nice Things to Do

    This museum is located in the district of Cimiez and contains the largest collection of works by this artist. Marc Chagall Russian-French artist was born in 1887 and died in 1985, He was a pioneer of modernism and a major jewish artist. Chagall is known for his works inspired by the Bible, and for painting in 1963 the ceiling of the Paris...

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  • Hotel Carlton

    Cannes Things to Do

    The Carlton InterContinental Cannes is a 343-room luxury hotel on 7 floors built in 1911, and listed by the Government of France as a National Historic Building since 1984. The Carlton has a large "Belle Époque" façade on the sea front and a private beach.

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  • Cassis

    Marseille Things to Do

    The French fishing village of Cassis, on the Mediterranean, gets less attention among Americans than other more renowned resorts like Nice,, St. Tropez, or Cannes. This is a distinct advantage for travelers who find that absorbing a culture is challenging when battling crowds. This is not to say that Cassis does not get tourists. Tourists abound in...

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  • Rocher des Doms

    Avignon Things to Do

    Well, sort of . . . There is a magnificent park at the top of the rock above the Palace of the Popes. There are fountains, food, swans, ducks, a playground, and a plaza with magnificent views of the famous bridge, the fort across the river and the surrounding mountains. The thing that looked most fun to me was the Roman chariots. They are little...

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  • Petit Village de Provence

    Aix-en-Provence Things to Do

    In the steps of Cézanne or just for you, to enjoy by yourself this specific Provençal art, I recommend: - The cours Mirabeau (and the "Café des deux garçons") - Church of Saint Jean De Malte - The Fontain of Rue des Bagniers - The Rotunda Fountain (1860), beginning of the Cours Mirabeau. - a monumental fountain, on the Preachers' Square - The St...

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