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Raymond Blanc Besancon

Frenchman Raymond Blanc (by now an almost Englishman) write in the Guardian (14 March 2015) on Besançon (25 Doubs, Franche-Comté) where he grew up and started his restaurant career.

Vauban’s Citadelle, Besancon

He identifies some restaurants to try and talks of the iconic Vauban Citadelle which dominates the town in a loop of the

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European Heritage Open Days

Journées européennes du patrimoine (European Heritage Open Days) in France are 19-20 September 2015. 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

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Travel in style in France

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,

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European Museums Night

Saturday 16 May 2015 is the date for the Nuit Européenne des Musées (European Museums Night)

Although a Europe-wide event, France plays a major role with more than 1300 Museums/ Galleries open to the public for the night (hours vary between 19h00 and midnight) including in 2013:

Musée des Beaux-arts in Beaune (21 Cote

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