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  • Montmartre - Sacré Coeur

    Paris Things to Do

    Vandalization of the Sacré Cœur. This very morning (19/03/2014) - anniversary of the "Commune" - the front of the Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre has been vandalized with insulting inscriptions in red paint! The way this act showing anti-Christian feelings inside the "République Française" has been reported by the French press shows the deep...

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  • 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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  • Notre-Dame Cathedral

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Strasbourg Cathedral de Notre-Dame is known as one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. The Cathedral stands on the exact site of a roman temple built on a little hill above the muddy ground. The first version of the church was starting to be built during 1015 by proposal of Bishop Werner von Habsburg, but fire destroyed most of the...

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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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  • Place du General de Gaulle - Grande...

    Lille Things to Do

    The official name of this square is the Place du Général-de-Gaulle, but most people still call it Grand’Place. It is the traditional main square of Lille and is now largely car-free, with only one lane that is still open to motor traffic. On a sunny Saturday afternoon in October the entire population of Lille seemed to be out in the square...

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  • Jacobins Church & Cloister

    Toulouse Things to Do

    One of the big landmarks in the city. I’d visited when I lived here, but wanted to go back. Unfortunately, it was in the middle of major renovation work - open, but a mess. It was built in 1230 by the Dominican order, which had been founded in the city in 1215. The remains of St Thomas Aquinas are held here in a gilt box. I like the cloister....

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  • Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière

    Lyon Things to Do

    Looming above Lyon from its position on a hilltop on the right bank of the Saône, the Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière can be seen from numerous places in the city. So it is certainly a prominent landmark, even for those of us who dislike the building and what it stands for. Like the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, which has a similarly dominating...

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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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  • NOTREDAME CATHEDRAL

    Rouen Things to Do

    just to say its a must to see ,and Rouen is one of my favorite cities in France, come here often even just for the market . The Cathedral is magnificent and recently clean and renovated. visits are done from April 1 to oct 31 from 7h30 to 19h weekdays, and from 8h to 18h Sundays and holidays. From November 1 to MArch 31 from 7h30- 12h and 14h-...

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  • Basilique St Nazaire

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    The Cathedral in the Cite within the Castle walls is a wonderful church with lots of goth, stained glass, wild water spouts and fine sculptures. The cathedral as it stands dates from the 11th Century, however, there is evidence of a church on this spot as far back as the 6th-7th Century. Some of the tombs are dated as far back as 1266.

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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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  • Gardens

    Versailles Things to Do

    After visiting the interior of the Palace, you exit into the gardens of Versailles. The gardens were designed between 1661 and 1700 under the reign of Louis XIV and covers 90 hectares, the garden and park together are 800 hectares (source Wikipedia). The gardens are formal with manicured lawns, meticulously planted flower gardens, over 400 statues...

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  • Aiguille Du Midi

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    This is the highest peak which can be reached by Areal Tramway. Because of the perpetual snow and the sheer walls, a normal tourist can't reach this point hiking. Take the elevator at the last tramway stop to the view point on top. If it's raining in the valley, you'll be "over the clouds" (litteraly) and in the sun, but in freezing...

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  • Cathedral Saint Andre

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    The massive Cathedral St. Andre at Place J. Moulin is one of the centerpieces of central Bordeaux. Even with the large square it is almost impossible to get a photo of the entire cathedral. There are regularly scheduled organ concerts featuring the massive organ in the back. It took over 800 years to complete beginning with the 12th century...

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  • Old Town

    Colmar Things to Do

    Every evening, going to our usual restaurant at Koïfhus, we passed on this corner of the Rue des Marchands. Each time I tried a photo in the dark without tripod; most are blurred, a few are acceptable. As apparently all photos here are on day time I will add a few at night with the Christmas illuminations. The "Maison Pfister" is probably the...

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  • The Grotto

    Lourdes Things to Do

    Expect masses of people there. I was overwhelmed, but the others in our group who had been in Lourdes very often told me it was actually a small crowd. Get in line to go to the grotto and - I don't think it's necessary to mention this to any VTer - be respectful and quiet. Watch out for wheelchairs. Where you can see a bike lane in other towns, you...

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  • Champagne Tasting and Tours

    Reims Things to Do

    Not a random result, I choose the Hotel Porte Mars for more than one reason, it is located beside Charles De Cazanove Cellar, just the "next door guys". Thank you Google Earth!! This cellar is more humble and small than Mumm House, of course, it is a local champagne producers, a house founded in 1811 by Charles Gabriel de Cazanove, with an...

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  • The Abbey

    Mont Saint Michel Things to Do

    The abbey is open every day except the 1st of January, the 1st of May and the 25th of December and is one of the National Monuments of France. You do have to pay entrance but it is absolutely worth it. We took the guided tour the first time we went and were glad we did. You get a lot of information and notice things you might not if you were...

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  • Promenade du Peyrou

    Montpellier Things to Do

    Situated at the North of the City it is where the aqueduct brought water into the town. Being French, it doesn't look like a water building at all, more a work of art. It's called teh Chateau d'Eau. The Promenade is a wide open space with some trees and benches where you can stroll and people watch as much as you like. There were a couple of stray...

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  • Les Machines De L'Isle De Nantes

    Nantes Things to Do

    Continuing our story of the Galerie des machines, and its mechanical marvels we went to a demonstration in the back , of the Avion. The airplane The first time we heard this word for the latin base languages we know it came from the word aviation latin for avis that means bird and actio that means action. It was mentioned first in 1863 by the...

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  • The Lake

    Annecy Things to Do

    For those with more energy than is necessary when you take a cruise, there are a number of water sports available. Or maybe you would prefer to sunbake on a deck chair on the pontoon. Water skiiing, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding etc. They are all available, at a cost of course, but I am sure it would be worth the cost. You may prefer to...

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  • Cathedrale Notre Dame

    Bayeux Things to Do

    A Norman-Romanesque cathedral started in the 11th century but mainly built in the 13th, surprised us in Bayeux. We were so concentrated in WW2 remains and so short in time, that we didn't even enter it. Later on, I read something about an important tapestry that... I knew! We must read before going anywhere!

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  • La Bastille

    Grenoble Things to Do

    Most cities have their focal point, whether it be a main square or famous landmark and Grenoble is no exception. The Bastille is, or was, a military fortress overlooking the city, but it won’t be for the history that people really come up here for. It will almost certainly be for the views which are fantastic, so my first tip here is to try and get...

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  • Hospices de Beaune

    Beaune Things to Do

    "Last Judgement" by Van der Weyden. Rogier Van de Weyden also called Roger de la Pasture, born in Tournai about 1400, death in Brussels where he was the official city painter, is one of these 15th century painters called "Flemish primitives" to distinguish them chronologically from the Flemish painters of 16th c. (P. Bruegel a.o.) and 17th c. (P....

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  • Old town

    Tours Things to Do

    Place Plumereau is the central square of Tours. It is the most picturesque and busiest place in Tours. Restaurants here are affordable, contrary to the habit of raising the price like hell in central squares. Therefore my advice is to take a table and enjoy a meal, a wine the view and the buzz.

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  • Claude Monet's Gardens - Clos Normand

    Giverny Things to Do

    I guess this is the most well known of Monet's garden. Just like many of us Photographer's, Monet, the Artist, was fascinated by the play of light and reflections of clouds on the water. He liked it so much, that in 1893 he acquired land at the bottom of the Clos Normand and created a Lake which then became his "water garden." He built a Japanese...

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  • Walk the Streets

    Yvoire Things to Do

    The last invasion of Yvoire is surely by the greenery. When stolling in the streets, you could enjoy many flowers and the famous Garden of the Fives Senses (entrance fee). Since many years Yvoire is elected among the most beautiful bloomed village of France.

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  • Beaune

    Bourgogne Things to Do

    The Hôtel-Dieu of the Hospices de Beaune was used as a hospital up until the 1960s. The Hôtel Dieu is now a museum that shows how the hospital cared for people from 1443 through to the 19th Century. The multicoloured roofs of the Hôtel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy. This place is not only contains an old hospital, but three...

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  • Eiffel Tower

    Paris Things to Do

    Many people will tell you when you are off on your first visit to Paris not to bother with going to the top of the Eiffel Tower because you will wait for hours and pay a hefty entrance fee and so on and so forth...... These warnings are of course perfectly true and when I balked about going to the top on my first visit to Paris (mainly because I...

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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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  • La Petite France

    Strasbourg Things to Do

    Follow the progress of the tour boat as it progresses through the locke. It only took a few minutes ( less than 5 minutes) to float to the top. Watching from the bank makes one marvel at the initiative of man as he harvested water flow many centuries ago.

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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 Lille

    Lille Things to Do

    Vieux Lille (Old Lille) is a district just north of the city center and east of the Citadel. This district doesn’t seem to have any exact boundaries, but Rue Basse is certainly part of it. The streets are rather narrow and there are lots of quaint old pubs and restaurants, so it is a popular tourist destination. Second photo: One of the big...

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  • Place du Capitole

    Toulouse Things to Do

    ... or plaça del Capitòli in Occitan. The civic centre of the city. You have the Capitole on the east side and the arcade with brasseries etc on the west. A market - general goods - operates in the square during the day. The cafés have large outdoor seating areas, and are favoured spots to hang out while enjoying (for example) a drink before...

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  • Vieux Lyon

    Lyon Things to Do

    This show is a 1 hour fun-filled puppet show (in French). You've never been to Lyon if you've never seen Guignol there. Lyon is the birth place of Guignol, and its a must see for kids and adults alike.

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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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  • Eglise Jeanne d'Arc - Vieux Marche

    Rouen Things to Do

    In the ancient Vieux-Marché of Rouen is this very modern church, which at first looks so out of place and yet after a few minutes looks not at all out of place. This is the site where Joan of Arc was burnt to death and so it seems fitting that a church dedicated to St Jeanne d'Arc should be on this spot, but before the second world war the church...

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  • Walking

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    I was staying nearby so i had to take this road to get home anyway. There is a lovely little park and a nice trail to walk You are far enough away from the cite that you can get a good shot, but its not entirely unobstructed. On this side of the river (bastide side) you are likely to meet just locals walking this path, peoeple out for an evening...

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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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  • The Hall of Mirrors ( La Galerie des...

    Versailles Things to Do

    .. one of the things I remember is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. That is not surprising because this is the most famous part of the palace, built in 1678 as part of the renovation/addition to Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV. The Hall is dazzling and immense, 220 feet long, with one wall covered in mirrors, 357 in all. At that time,...

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  • Mer de Glace & Montenvers

    Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Things to Do

    It's quite an experience, using the mechanical means to go up and down the mountain, and to walk several meters inside the glacier (with the advantage of being the shortest of the three rides locally offered). Standing for the family photo is mandatory, and, though in a worry not to get frozen kids, we had time enough to appreciate the effects of...

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  • Grand Theatre

    Bordeaux Things to Do

    Right in the middle of the city center at place comedie, is the regal Grand Theatre. Unfortunately the music/ballet season was over in July, but on the plus side they turned the theatre into a museum featuring the costumes of the myriad of ballets and opera staged there. The inside is quite stunning, with decorated boxes allowing full wonderful...

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  • Petite Venise

    Colmar Things to Do

    This is certainly the most popular photograph of Colmar. A must for every visitor. It is taken from the bridge of the Turenne street on the Lauch River. The half-timbered houses which form the Romantik hotel - restaurant Le Maréchal constitute the most spectacular element of this part of Colmar called the "Petite Venise". Actually this district,...

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