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Theatre Antique d’Orange

Theatre Antique d’Orange (Rue Madeleine Roch, 84100 Orange) – located in the provincial town of Orange, at the heart of the Rhône Valley (an hour’s drive northwest of the port city of Marseille), this is an ancient Roman theater (reputed to be the best-preserved anywhere in Europe). The Theatre owes its fame in particular to […]

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Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes (Lourdes) – a major pilgrimage destination for devout Catholics, this site is open all year round, 24 hours a day – and admission is free. Major sites within the Sanctuary include Saint Pie X Basilica, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Sainte Bernadette Church, Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire, The Crypt, […]

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Resistance and Deportation History Centre

Resistance and Deportation History Centre (14 avenue Berthelot, 69007 Lyon) – this museum is dedicated to the Frenchmen who resisted the Nazi occupation of the country during World War II. Lyon, which was considered the most important city of «Free France», was a hotbed of the country’s resistence against the Germans, even while it was […]

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Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard (400 Route du Pont du Gard, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard) — located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard (near Remoulins, in the Gard département in southern France) (90 minutes drive northwest of Marseilles), the Pont du Gard is a Roman monument built halfway through the 1st century AD. It is the principal construction in a 50 km long […]

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Palace of Fontainebleau

Palace of Fontainebleau (77300 Fontainebleau) – located about 60 km. southeast of Paris, this was a residence of French royalty for eight centuries (starting in the 12th century). Kings and queens, and emperors and empresses, took great pains to embellish the palace, built around the original mediaeval dungeon. The palace and its park have been […]

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Normandy

Normandy (northwestern province in France) – located just across the English Channel, this province gets its name from the Norman Vikings that arrived there during the 10th century. In 1066 the famous Norman Duke William defeated the Saxon King Harold in the Battle of Hastings, was crowned King of England and became known as “William […]

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Nice

Nice (Alpes Maritimes département) – for those flying into the South of France (Côte D’Azur), especially during the Spring when festivities, such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix (and the VIP parties held at these and other nearby locations), the coastal city of Nice (the fifth largest in France) acts as […]

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Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization

Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilization (17 rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon) – this museum evolves around two unique sites from the Roman era (that was excavated by 1933): The Theatre (which was built around 15 BC – the oldest in Roman Gaul), and the Odeon ( a small theatre built around 100 BC for musical productions). This […]

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Musée Matisse

Musée Matisse (164 Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez, 06000 Nice) – housed in a fully renovated Genoese villa, this is a national museum dedicated to famed French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Matisse lived in Nice from 1917 to his death in 1954. Matisse’s artwork exhibited here are both personal (relating to those works and possessions […]

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Musée Marc Chagall

Musée Marc Chagall (36 Avenue Docteur Ménard, 06000 Nice) – this museum is dedicated to the Russian-born French painter Marc Chagall (1887-1985) (which holds the largest public collection of his works — over 400 painting, gouaches, drawings, wash drawings and pastels). Some of the better-known paintings housed there include a series of 17 paintings illustrating […]