Journées européennes du patrimoine (European Heritage Open Days) in France are 15-16 September 2012.
Throughout the weekend and across France, many galleries, museums and other buildings open their doors for free to celebrate local history and heritage.
The Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde, Reims
The 12 million visitors during the 2011 weekend confirmed that for
………Continue reading European Heritage Open Days
As a special summer promotion Rail Europe is offering up to 80% off First Class train travel in France this summer – includes TGVs which is often the fastest between Paris and destinations in southern France including Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux. Book by 24 August 2012!
Take the train from Paris to Nice,
………Continue reading Travel in style in France
The Cathedral is one of the great masterpieces of the Middle Ages. The façade is covered with statues and statuettes. Celebrations for the 800th birthday have been running since May and come to a close on finish on 23 October. Events have included exhibitions, conferences, street performances and lightshows so the public can admire the
………Continue reading Reims Cathedral is 800 years old!
The route for the 2010 version of the Tour de France has been announced. The race starts in Rotterdam on 3 July 2010 and after a few days in Holland and Belgium the route takes in Champagne and Burgundy before heading for the Alps. Then southwest through the Côtes du Rhone before skirting the southern
………Continue reading Tour de France 2010
Featured at the France Show was a fascinating display of images sponsored by the London College of Communication – University of the Arts London and Maison de la France representing the 22 French cities – which encouraged young photographers from the UK to take photos of French cities from a different perspective.
In April 2008,
………Continue reading France-emotion – Great photos of French cities
Reims (Marne, Champagne) is famous for Champagne, its Cathedral and its Christmas market.
A weekend here between 23 November – 31 December 2012 will offer an opportunity to indulge in all three.
During the run-up to Christmas, Reims’ Christmas Village combines street entertainment, magicians, carol singers and market stalls selling Christmas gifts, decorations and food.
………Continue reading Reims for Champagne and Christmas
The town of Laon (02 Aisne, Picardie) is always an impressive sight, situated on the rocky promontory overlooking the plains of Picardy and Champagne, with the 12th Century Cathedral of Notre Dame as its focal point – a landmark on the otherwise rather uninspiring autoroute A26 from Calais to Reims.
View of Laon in
………Continue reading Christmas Markets in Picardy 2008
The Vignerons-Independants, the body representing independent winemakers, holds a number of wine fairs (Salons) in Spring and Autumn each year, which are open to the public and give you the opportunity to taste from a wide selection of vineyards from every region of France, meet the winemakers and purchase wines at cellar door prices.
………Continue reading Independent Wine Maker Fairs
Most French autoroutes between major towns and cities are toll motorways, which whilst often offering fast and uncrowded dual-carriageways, can nevertheless add significantly to the cost of a trip through France – e.g over €90 (over £60) on a one-way trip from Calais to Nice (1226km of motorway driving about 760 miles).
However there are
………Continue reading Toll Free Autoroutes in France
Salons des Vins (Wine Fairs) – Vignerons Independants (Independent Wine Makers) 2007. Open to the public, a small charge gives you access to hundreds of wines and winemakers from all over France. Here you can taste and buy wines, often at cellar door prices – as long as you can carry them. Meet the winemaker,
………Continue reading Wine Fairs 2007