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The French know how to live it up, with festivals or "fetes" at all times of the year. Time your visit and you'll find celebrations to enjoy all over France.
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Finding Romance in Versailles
While we thoroughly enjoyed our time in Paris, mostly spent trekking from site to site in an effort not to miss anything, it was clear the famed “romance” of the city was getting lost on him. Determined to experience some French romance, I had pinned all my hopes on our final destination of the trip: Versailles.

France Tours
France tours provide a chance to enjoy sightseeing in France, whether you want a walking tour of one city or a major tour itinerary circling the country. Here is a list of top France tours, sightseeing tours and suggested France tour itineraries.

Top Summer Jazz Festivals in France
France has a long tradition of jazz festivals. It all began in World War I with soldiers who were black musicians bringing their new music to Europe. Then musicians like Sidney Bechet and Archie Shepp settled in France; the 1934 the Quinetette du Hot Club de France was formed in 1934 and gypsy music became incorporated into the new sounds. In...

Christmas Markets in France, 2011
Christmas Markets in France, 2010

Tour de France Week 2: July 13th to 19th 2014
As the Tour de France enters week 2 from July 13th to Saturday 19th, plan a trip around the passes and pretty villages of the Vosges mountains and the Alps.

Nice Carnival 2011
Nice Carnival 2011 is a glorious, world-famous festival ending in Mardi Gras, with floats and parades along the Promenade des Anglais and in the Place Massena

International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire
Each year the grounds of the Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire fill with the International Garden Festival. This year, the Festival from April 25th to October 21st is in its 20th year and chose as its theme “Gardens of delight, Gardens of delerium”. With its castle, a new permanent garden, 5 restaurants and 2 boutiques, the Chaumont International...

French Markets
A major allure of France is its amazing markets, from produce markets in Provence to art or antiques markets in Paris. From small villages to big cities, from summer flowers to Christmas crafts, find out more about the French market scene.

Carnivals in France

France in July
July is a popular vacation month in France both with the French and with other Europeans as school is out. The beaches are busy as the weather hots up. You might prefer to take to the hills where the breezes keep the temperature moderate. In towns and villages, outdoor markets are full of local produce. Events and festivals seem to appear daily...

Top 9 Don't-Miss France Events and Festivals of 2008
France is almost always bustling with one hot activity, festival or event after another. It can be hard to narrow the thousands of fetes down to the few don't-miss events of the year. Here is a list of the best, hottest events in France of 2008.

Tour de France 2011
The Tour de France is the world's most famous and gruelling bicycle race. Followed by millions, it races through France every year in July. In 2011 it takes place from July 2nd to July 24th. Follow the blog coverage, map, stage list, Tour de France merchandise, details of the teams, and find out more about planning a visit to the tour stops...

France in September
The days are warm but the air is fresher, the autumnal colors are beginning to show and theres a wonderful feel of the last of the summer. France in September is one of the years best months to visit for its great festivals and events. Here is a guide to what to see, what to pack and what the weather might do. France in September ticks all the...

France in October
A guide to visiting France and Paris in October. What to pack, what to look out for, what the weather might do and some highlights from a very busy French calendar.

France in June
June is a wonderful time to visit France. Tourist are beginning to arrive but not in large numbers. The weather is beautiful. Attractions have longer hours and as always, the French put on festivals and events for every taste. Find out more about visiting France in June.

Christmas in France - Shopping, Feasting and Magical Midnight Masses
A visit to France at Christmastime is memorable and magical. Hit the enticing Christmas markets, sing at midnight mass in a stunning gothic cathedral or dive into a Reveillon feast.

France in August
August is a top vacation month, particularly for the French themselves. Traditionally taking the whole of August, many French now return home from holiday mid-month, having started a vacation in mid-July. So you may find some shops closed (particularly in the north), although this is less common than in the past. Attractions are open long hours...

Rugby World Cup 2007 Trip Planner
The Rugby World Cup 2007 will be held primarily in France, with 10 of z dozen matches in France. Find out about the cities hosting the Rugby World Cup 2007, and tips for buying tickets and booking a room to see the matchups.

Don't-Miss France Events and Festivals of 2007
France is almost always bustling with one hot activity, festival or event after another. It can be hard to narrow the thousands of fetes down to the few don't-miss events of the year. Here is a list of the best, hottest events in France of 2006.

France Travel in November
A Guide to France in November, what to pack, what weather to expect and some of the exciting festivals and events to look out for.

The Other Mardi Gras Celebrations
While everyone is familiar with New Orleans' famous Mardi Gras parades and wild celebrations, there are several other Mardi Gras celebrations around the world. In fact, the New Orleans festivities have strong roots in French celebrations before the arrival of Lent. Called "Carnaval" in France, there are Mardi Gras events here that predate New...

Normandy Impressionist Festival 2013 Major Art Exhibitions
The Normandy Impressionist Festival takes the theme of water for this year's major event. Over 600 exhibitions and events celebrated Normandy's Impressionist painters from April to October. Here are the four major exhibitions in Rouen, Caen, Le Havre and at Giverny, starting with Dazzling Reflections, 100 Impressionist Masterpieces in Rouen.

Christmas Markets of France
France is known for its wonderful markets, but one of the best times of year to visit is during the Santa season. There are several Christmas markets throughout France, with wonderful handcrafted ornaments, gifts and food items. Use this guide to plan your trip to visit the Christmas markets.

Thanksgiving in France
Celebrating Thanksgiving in France can be a bit of a challenge, since it is an American (or Canadian) holiday. But if are an ex-pat living in France or will visit during that time, here are tips for indulging in turkey day.

Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau's Release
The long-awaited release of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau comes at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday in November. This is a glorious time to visit this part of France. There are about 120 festivals to honor the arrival of this enticing young wine in the Beaujolais region alone, not to mention throughout France and across the globe.

Halloween in France
Some of the earliest Halloween traditions started in Europe, and indeed Halloween was born in nearby U.K., yet it was seen as primarily an American holiday with little or no fanfare with the French until recently. Now, Halloween is seeing a resurgence in popularity.

Fall Foliage Travel in France: Peeping at the French Autumn Leaves
Fall is an ideal time to visit France, and autumn leaf peeping is one of the finest activities here. As is France weren't charming enough, seeing this country's cities and villages blazing with autumn colors is simply breathtaking. This is also the grape harvest season, and there are numerous festivals and activities around the country.

Normandy Impressionist Festival Events and Offers
The Normandy Impressionist Festival 2013 offers over 600 exhibitions, events, concerts, festivals and special offers. Here is a round-up of some of the best events taking place during the summer.

Nice Carnaval 2008
Nice Carnaval 2007, starting February 16, features a mix of parades, festivities and events. The carnival is a perfect place to cut loose, sample food, see unique performances and listen to music. Find out all about Nice Carnaval 2007.

Bastille Day From Home
Not everyone has the luxury to zip over to France for Bastille Day, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate their version of an independence day right from your home town. Check out these top ways to honor Bastille Day close to home.

Resources for the Normandy Impressionist Festival 2013

Beaujolais Nouveau Events and Festivals in the U.S.
Here is a listing of Beaujolais Nouveau events throughout the U.S. The long-awaited release of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau comes at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday of each November. You don't have to be in France to get a first sip. There are many spots throughout America to sample fresh, young Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2006 Events and Festivals in the U.S.
Here is a listing of Beaujolais Nouveau events throughout the U.S. The long-awaited release of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau comes at the strike of midnight on the third Thursday of each November. There are more than 120 festivals in this rich, picturesque area of France. Even if you are nowhere near France, don't despair.

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