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Les Machines de l’Île

Les Machines de l’Île (Parc des Chantiers Blvd. Léon Bureau, 44200 Île de Nantes) – this is an unusual theme park. Inspired by the famed Nantes-born novelist Jules Vern, Italian architect & painter Leonardo da Vinci, and Nantes’ own industrial history, this theme park (located in the old shipyard building area called Les Nefs – […]

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La Grande Plage

La Grande Plage (downtown Biarritz) – located between the Hôtel du Palais in the north and the Bellevue Congress Center in the south, this is Biarritz’s main beach (the largest one in that part of the city). There are a number of shopping areas, bars, and restaurants within walking distance of this beach. At one […]

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Feria de Nimes

Feria de Nîmes (Arènes de Nîmes, Boulevard des Arènes, 30000 Nîmes) – held annually at the end of May, Nîmes hosts its traditional Féria de Pentecôte (Pentecost Feria), which consists of concerts, bullfights, and other festivities. This event typically attract a million visitors. To accommodate such crowds, temporary “bodegas” (make-shift bars) are set up in […]

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Côtes du Rhône Wine Tours

Côtes du Rhône Wine Tours – those passing through the Northern Rhone Valley, homeland of the legendary Syrah & Viognier grapes, would be interested in taking part in this tour if they are wine lovers. Only 25 minutes south of Lyon, visitors can discover one of the oldest and steepest vineyards in the France — […]

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Champagne Region

Champagne Region (northeast France) – this region is well-regarded worldwide for its sparkling wines. For those already visiting Paris, this area is just 90 minutes northeast of the French capital. All champagnes are made within a few kilometers of each other outside the regional towns of Reims and Epernay, near the Abbey of Saint-Pierre where […]

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Chamonix

Chamonix — Chamonix is a paradise for skiers (both beginners and advanced-level) — offering a multitude of slopes for all levels, each ski area having its own merit. Tremendously long slopes, skiing through the trees, free ride and off-piste, beginners slopes: an infinite number of possibilities for snow riders and mountain lovers alike.   The […]

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Carnival de Nice

Carnival de Nice – attracting over a million visitors when it’s held, this is one of the most popular carnivals in the world (usually held for a two-week period in February and March). The main attractions include the carnival processions, comprising 18 floats work their way up to a crescendo of gigantic decorations on the […]

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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival (Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes) – held every May (usually just before the Monaco Grand Prix), this is one of the most prestigious cinematic events in the world – attracting “A-list” Hollywood, French and international actors, actresses, and film makers. Celebrities from Michael Douglas and […]

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Bordeaux Wine Festival

Bordeaux Wine Festival (Bordeaux) – in partnership with the Bordeaux Wine School, this event takes place every two years for four days at the Bordeaux quays. Pavilions featuring 80 appellations from Bordeaux and the Aquitaine region, as well as the great brands of Bordeaux wine, form a “wine road” stretching over 2 km along the […]

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Biarritz Surf Festival

Biarritz Surf Festival (various beaches within Biarritz) – this is one of Europe’s major surfing events, which is fitting, since this regional coastal town is known as the surfing capital of the continent. This one-week event (held every July) consists of longboard contests, paddle board racing, demonstrations of tandem surfing, Tahitian pirogue, bodysurfing, as well […]