No matter how many pictures you see of the Eiffel Tower, there’s nothing quite like being up close to the ‘iron lady’ of Paris. Get off at the Trocadéro metro stop for the best picture from a distance. If you’re looking to avoid the queue for the lift (and are feeling energetic), try climbing the steps to the second level – the camera-ready views are great all the way up.
Sometimes even the most patient traveller can turn into a right Mona Lisa when they’re faced by big queues. For this reason we recommend heading to the Louvre during lunch time, when things are less crowded. Head to the Porte des Lions entrance, which tends to be quieter than the Pyramid – but do check opening times before you go.
If you’re in France’s Provence region, don’t miss stocking up on the local Banon goat’s cheese. The sweet yet strong cheese is distinctly wrapped in chestnut leaves and tied with raffia
Imagine collecting pebbles on your post round every day and using them to construct an enormous elaborate castle. That’s exactly what Ferdinand Cheval did back in the 1800s and his masterpiece – Postman Cheval’s Palais Idéal – is still standing today in Hauterives (just an hour’s drive south of Lyon).