November is a great month to visit France. Major exhibitions, food festivals and jazz are just a few of the things going on in November 2012 all through France. Remembrance Day on November 11th is a major public holiday; while the Christmas markets get going at the end of the month.
A Guide to the best October events in France, including exhibitions, festivals and other special events in 2012.
Aix-en-Provence is one of the most attractive cities in southern France. It’s elegant with wide boulevards, 17th and 18th century houses and fountains everywhere. Paul Cezanne was born and lived here, along with his friend the writer Emile Zola. It’s a big university town as well, with students from all over the world, and particularly the U.S.A. contributing to its lively nightlife and vibrant culture.
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Memorial Park in northern France commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge, fought on April 9th, 1917 by four Canadian divisions. The 240-acre Park is on the site of the battle, on land given by a grateful France to Canada. The soaring, significant Vimy Memorial stands on Hill 145, part of the Canadian Memorial Park dedicated to the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
France has the best smart and stylish naturist resorts. And France has the coastline and the weather. So it’s not surprising that some of the world’s most popular resorts as well as nudist beaches are in southern France. Discover France's best naked beaches and naturist resorts.
The Lille Museum of Modern Art has one of the best collections of Modern, Contemporary and Art Brut in France, second only to the great art museums and galleries in Paris.
L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a delightful town in the Vaucluse in Provence and a well known haunt for antique hunters. It’s a pretty town, located on the banks of the river Sorgue. There are many hundreds of antique shops here and the Easter and August antiques weekends are well known throughout France.
Outlet and Discount Shopping in Troyes, the Factory Shopping Center of France
The Cannes Film Festival rolls into town from May 11th-22nd, 2011. The famous film festival in the south of France is a star-studded occasion. This year the jury is led by Robert de Niro and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris starts the festival.
Marseille, France's oldest city, has everything from Roman remains to contemporary architecture. Check out this guide to a city which offers much more than the usual tourist attractions.
February in France can be whatever you choose it to be. In the Pyrennees and the Alps, the slopes beckon as this is peak ski season. It may be cold in the north, but it’s pleasant on the Mediterranean. This is bargain time to fly to France, with airfares, hotel and package deals all on offer. The sales are still on and there's the fabulous Carnival celebrations. And as February is synomymous with romance, visit St. Valentin in Indres, or spend the time in the most romantic city in the world - Paris.
Visit France in January and you’ll find half the country celebrating the ski season in the glorious, snow-covered Alps and the other half it seems, enjoying the semi-annual sales in Paris and other major cities.
France in December is magical with its scenes of bright lights, sparkling shop windows and those famous Christmas markets. And finally, the exciting skiing season starts with the resorts putting on all kinds of winter sports.
Dole is a delightful, small and elegant town on the river Doubs. Designated as a Town of Art and History, Dole has classical buildings, and quiet streets and squares to wander through. Located very near Dijon in Burgundy and easily accessible by train and air, Dole makes a great city break destination.
Courchevel in the Savoie Region in the French Alps is one of France's most glamorous skiing resorts. It's a delightful place, set in the saint-Bon Valley where the mountains provide great skiing and winter sports for the expert, the beginner and for children. Consisting of five separate villages, the highest and most glamorous is Courchevel 1850 which has a wide selection of five-star luxury hotels, and many top class chalets.
If you want to rent a car in France or Europe for at least three weeks (minimum 21 days), you’ll find the Renault Eurodrive lease buy-back program an excellent way to save money and hassle. Here is a short guide to the pros and cons of the car rental program, an explanation of how it works and why it can be cheaper than traditional car rentals in Europe, plus a list of locations.
Vezelay in Burgundy is a beautiful hilltop village looking out over the surrounding vineyards and rolling landscape. The village's great claim to fame is the glorious Romanesque basilica. Today the Unesco World Heritage Site is a great tourist attraction, but in the past it was one of the great centers of Christendom.
The Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse (the Hospice Museum of the Countess) is set on the banks of the former old port in Lille in northern France. Established as a religious community to care for the sick and the poor in the 13th century, it stands in a beautiful courtyard. Wander through the rooms to see the story of caring for the needy in an atmosphere of austerity and peace.
There are some great places to shop for bargains in France. Try the major outlet and discount malls dotted all round France and factory shops from manufacturers like Limoges porcelain. The brocante fairs that fill the towns and villages of France in the summer make good hunting grounds for bargains in household items, vintage clothes, while the amateur vide-greniers ('emptying the attic') can turn up gems.
Guide to Antibes, Provence - Antibes, South of France Region Guide
The Tapestry of the Apocalpyse in Angers Castle, Anjou, is one of the most impressive tapestries in the world. The medieval tapestry ilustrates the Apocalpyse from the Book of Revelations.
Calais is mainly known as the gateway to Europe, the place you pass through quickly on your way to somewhere else. But that's a shame, and with the addition of the new Lace and Fashion Museum, some great new shops and good hotels and restaurants, this former fishing port deserves better. Whether you're staying the night or plan a longer stay, there's plenty on offer in Calais.
Charming little Cassel is perched on the top of Mount Cassel, looking out over the flat surrounding landscape of Flanders. There is much to recommend it and unusually for such a small town, has good hotels and a delightful local estaminet to eat in.
Angers in the western Loire Valley is less well known than the posher part nearer Paris where kings, queens, princes and aristocrats built their fabulous chateaux. But this secret part of the Loire Valley is delightful with its own hidden treasures.
Rouen is a lovely city and is the historic capital of Upper Normandy. It’s one of France’s lesser known cities, and well worth a visit. Walk through the old part of the city, visit the cathedral and make sure you see at least some of the museums. Everywhere you see symbols and reminders of Rouen's most famous historic charactr, Jeanne d'Arc.