From world-class art at Paris's Louvre to Brittany’s windswept sandy beaches, France is a feast for the senses. Medieval history comes alive along Strasbourg’s cobblestoned lanes, while sporty types head to Chamonix for skiing. Lavender-hued Provence was Cézanne’s inspiration, and in Amiens, the bells ring out from its gothic cathedral.
Paris is romance; from gazing wistfully at Rodin’s marble sculpture The Kiss, to hand-in-hand walks up to multi-domed Sacré Coeur basilica. In Lyon, lose yourself in traboules alleyways in the silk-workers' old quarter. For isolated bliss, wander through Provence’s olive groves and dine in Les Baux’s romantic restaurants.
At larger-than-life Disneyland Paris, the kids will love dressing up as a fairytale princess or swashbuckling pirate, then saying hi to Mickey and Goofy. Try your hand at water sports, or let the kids loose at play areas on Marseille’s shingle beaches. In pink-hued Toulouse, step into the future at the interactive Cité de l'espace to see the Mir Space Station.
In Toulouse, enter through the pink marble columns to watch opera at 19th-century Théâtre du Capitole. Wander around Marseille’s Italianate Old Port to hear live world music, or to sip on a post-dinner pastis. Nice's glamorous beaches are perfect for a promenade to people-watch. For glittery Paris nightlife, catch a cabaret show in Pigalle to relive the 1920s.
France is home to one of the best ski areas in the world, great cuisine, some epic après ski, and high altitude snow-sure conditions. A lot of the resorts were purpose-built in the 60s and 70s, giving them a high altitude and fast-moving modern lift systems. Add to this beautiful scenery and you have a perfect place to ski.
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