Thursday December 5, 2013
Taking place on the main drag in Champagne in Epernay (the Avenue of Champagne where the main Champagne houses have their public outlets), the Habits de Lumière is a glorious celebration of the world's best bubbly. They choose a different theme each year; in 2013 it's The Unexpected so I won't spoil if for you.
Taking place over the weekend of December 13th to 15th, 2013, there are street shows with weird and wonderful creatures parading as darkness falls each night. There's plenty during the day as well like the vintage car parade on Sunday starting at 8.30am when those splendid roadsters gather, followed by the 'elegance contest' from 9.30am to 10.30am so expect a lot of well-dressed drivers. The main car parade takes place at 11am and wine tasting at 11.30am (but only offered to the participants!)
But never fear, there are many chances to taste Champagne as the main houses open specially and offer visits to their cellars along with films and of course, the chance to buy at their shops. Go along to the Halle Saint-Thibault on Saturday from 9am to 1pm for a series of special culinary tastings from Champagne's top chefs.
Information on the Event
December Events in France
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Image: Epernay Habits de Lumiere, 2012 © Michel Jolyot/OT Epernay
Friday November 29, 2013
The famous Nantes Merry-go-Round has just won the Best Original Attraction Award for 2014 in Los Angeles from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). The organizers will receive the award on April 5th 2014. These are the 'Oscars' of this particular kind of attraction, so they are delighted as it's a great boost to tourism.
The Carrousel des Mondes Marins (Carousel of the World of the Sea) is an extraordinary structure. Inhabited by underwater creatures, the machine is made up of 35 moving parts on three levels. Visitors watch the amazing choreography of the sea animals, flying fish and the like.
It's not the only fantastic creature in this city; the Grand Elephant also lives in the Machines de l'Ile district.
Tuesday November 26, 2013
The Palais des Papes in Avignon is pretty impressive at any time, but in November it becomes even more spectacular. In November, every seven minutes from 7 to 11pm the façade lights up with the story of the history of Avignon and the Pope's Palace. Just make your way there for the free performance. The history of Avignon is dramatic; Avignon, not Rome, was the heart and soul of the Catholic church in the 14th century.
Façade du Palais des Papes
Place du Palais des Papes
Avignon Tourism Website
From November 21st to December 1st 2013
Nightly 7pm to 11pm
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Friday November 22, 2013
The budget airline Ryanair is opening 12 new routes next April 2014 and adding to their current schedule on many of their destinations from London Stansted. The new routes in France will go to Bordeaux and Brive la Gaillard.
Bordeaux is already a popular destination for vacations, and Brive la Gaillard is a hub for different routes. It's near places like Corrèze, the Dordogne and the Lot Valley.
It's welcome news particularly if you want a short weekend break from the U.K. and can just manage with cabin baggage. Just take care when you book as there are many hidden costs which you can incur.
Information and booking on Ryanair
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