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1974/2019

First/Last visit:

Number of visits:

113

Personal Rating:

2/193

UNESCO Sites visited:

38/45

Places Visited:

Paris, Lyon, Grenobles, Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez, Marseille, Limoges, Djion, Beaune, Metz, Lewarde, Clermont-Ferrand, Montignac, Annemasse, Saint-Malo, Quimper, Saint Nazaire, La Rochelle, Cognac, Angouleme, Tours, Amboise, Montpellier, Lourdes, Biarritz, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Toulouse, Avignon, Oranges, Arles, Albi, Bordeaux, Caen, Amiens, Calais, Reims, Nancy, Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse, Besancon, Bayonne, Provins, Vienne, Aix les Bains, Bayeux, Ajaccio, Bonifacio, Bastia

Highlights:

Paris (UNESCO):Chateaux de Versailles (UNESCO) et de Fontainbleau (UNESCO). Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro Gardens, Quartier Latin, Montmartre with Place du Tertre and Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Notre Dame Cathedral, Le Louvre Museum, Avenue Champs-Elysées with Arc de Triomphe, Sainte Chapelle with its 13th-century stained glass windows, Hotel des Invalides with Napoleon I's tomb, Musée d'Orsay, Panthéon, City Hall "Hotel de Ville", Centre Pompidou, Pont Alexandre III, Pont Neuf, Jardin du Luxembourg, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Rodin Museum, the Catacombes ossuary with the remains of millions of Parisians, Place des Vosges, Saint-Michel quarter along the banks of the Seine river, Rue du Temple, Turbigo and St. Denis for the latest in Fashion (mostly wholesellers), Place de la République and Place de la Bastille, Musée Picasso, Moulin Rouge in Pigalle. Avignon: Pont du Gard bridge (UNESCO) Bayeux: The conquest of England on a nearly 1000 year old tapestry. Normandie: Mont Saint-Michel. St-Malo: Castle with its museum. Strasbourg: lively historical centre with its marvelous Gothic Cathedral and nearby Colmar where I visited "Petite Venice" with pittoresque half-timbered buildings along a canal. The Covered market is another bijoux with many local products on display, and for tasting a glass of Alsatian wine. Mulhouse: Cité de l'Automobile "Collection Schlumpf". Nancy: Place Stanislas (UNESCO) with its opulent buildings.Lewarde: France's largest Mining museum and guided tour of the galleries (UNESCO). Loire Valley: 3 top castles: Chateau de Chambord , Chateau de Cheverny, Chateau de Chaumont near the town of Amboise, the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci at Clos Lucé. Beaune: wine tasting place par exellence (Marché au Vins), old hospital (constr.1443) called Hotel-Dieu des Hospices de Beaune with its Grande Salle and pharmacy. The gastronomique capital of France, Lyon (UNESCO's Vieux Lyon), Traboules, Basilica Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the huge art deco brasserie of Georges. Besancon: Vauban built citadel from the 17th century (UNESCO), 35 km southwest is Saline Royale (Royal Saltworks, UNESCO) in Arc-et-Senans. Dordogne: Sarlat-La-Caneda, in the heart of Périgord, medieval town with picturesque narrow streets, and lively Saturday gourmet market with truffle, foie gras and other gastronomic specialities. (Wednesday only morning). Montignac village and its nearby prehistoric Lascaux cave paintings. Bordeaux, the largest urban UNESCO site: Place de la Bourse, the left bank of the Garonne is France's most splendid riverside promenade. La Cité du Vin and wine tasting tours to St.Emilion, Médoc etc., La Grosse Cloche, the old belfry of the town hall, Rue Sainte-Catherine, the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe. Lourdes as a world famous pilgrimage site. Carcassonne (UNESCO) fortification with 52 stone towers, nicely illuminated at night. Nimes: might be the best preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Nice: Promenade des Anglais, Vieille Ville with its Italian feel, Musée Marc Chagall, Cannes and St. Tropez with its castle, great view, just 4 km out of town lies famous "Tahiti beach". Corsica: this rugged island beauty has its own culture, and a long time love-hate relationship with France, but short of full independance. Gulf of Porto (UNESCO) with Scandola Nature Reserve, Bonifacio Citadel, Ajaccio , Palais Fesch Art Museum, and the best beach I have seen in France:plage de Saleccia, less than 2 hours west of Bastia.