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Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer (outskirts of Nice) – located just outside of Nice, this is a small beach resort and residential town. One popular beach in this area is Paloma Beach, which got its name from Paloma Picasso (since the Picasso family once frequented this beach). There’s a seafood restaurant of the same name (that fills up with patrons during the evening). Since this is a family-friendly beach, water sports can also be found here, such as jet-skiing, paddle boarding, as well as diving.


Trois Vallées

Trois Vallées

Trois Vallées

Trois Vallées (Tarentaise Valley, Savoie département) – located in the heart of the French Alps (south of Albertville), this is a poplar skiing region that consists of the following destinations: Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Orelle, and Val Thorens. There are 318 marked ski-slopes — offering a total of 600 km. of pure skiing enjoyment. Thanks to around 180 ski-lift installations, the ski-slopes at between 1,300 and 3,200 meters are reached quickly and easily. From easy to difficult runs, there’s something for everyone, so that experienced skiers as well as beginners can all enjoy a tour through the valleys.

 

The TGV rail line stops at the main train stations in Savoie and Haute Savoie: Aix-les-Bains, Albertville, Annecy, Annemasse, Bonneville, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Chambéry, Cluses, La Chambre, Modane, Moutiers, Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains, Sallanches, Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, Thonon-les-Bains.

 

From the railway stations bus shuttle services will then bring you to the heart of the resort of your choice: Tel. +33 (0)4 79 75 36 13 / www.mobisavoie.fr

 

Also, for those arriving from the UK during the winter season, Eurostar trains run direct from London to the French Alps (Aime-la-Plagne, Moûtiers and Bourg-St-Maurice) on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings during the ski season.

 

For more info (including ski passes, etc.), see the following website: www.les3vallees.com

 

 

Además, para aquellos que llegan del Reino Unido durante la temporada de invierno, los trenes Eurostar salen directamente de Londres a los Alpes franceses (Aime-la-Plagne, Moûtiers y Bourg-St-Maurice) los viernes por la noche y los sábados por la mañana durante la temporada de esquí.

 

Para obtener más información (incluidos forfaits, etc.), consulte el siguiente sitio web: www.les3vallees.com


Tour de France

Tour de France

Tour de France

Tour de France (various points with France) – held every July, this is France’s world-renowned multi-stage bicycle race, which runs a course throughout the country. A mostly French event in the past, it now draws in professional bicyclists from all over the globe. Although there are currently other major bicycle races in other countries (such as the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España), the Tour de France is still regarded as the most prestigious of such events. For those visiting France in July and would like to personally attend one of the race’s stages, see the Tour’s website for details: www.letour.com

Provence (wine tours)

Provenza (recorridos enológicos)

Provenza (recorridos enológicos)

Provence (wine tours)– From Nice to the marshes of the Camargue, the charming winemakers of Provence are known for their warm, unpretentious, and welcoming disposition. With over 430 wineries spanning the region, guests can enjoy personalized wine tastings with experts in the field. It’s hard to resist the winding vineyard roads, the shining sun, and the many charms of one of the most breath-taking regions in France.

 

 

For those interesting in booking a tour of Provence’s wine-growing areas, these entities provide such services: www.foodwinevacations.com/Provencetour; www.france-justforyou.com/wine-tours; www.intothevineyeard.com/Provence_Tours; winetour-france.com/provence-region.html

 

Promenade des Anglais / playas

Promenade des Anglais / playas

Promenade des Anglais / playas

Promenade des Anglais / beaches (Nice) – this is the famed promenade (beachside boulevard) in the city of Nice that runs alongside the Mediterranean. This boulevard got its name due to the large number of Englishmen who vacationed here back in the 19th century. There are some beaches that face this boulevard, including Plage Beau Rivage, Plage Blue Beach, Plage Florida, Plage Miami Beach, and Neptune Plage. Note: some of beaches have private restaurants and/or areas that rent out beach chairs & umbrellas.

Promenade de la Croisette

Promenade de la Croisette

Promenade de la Croisette

Promenade de la Croisette (Cannes) — promenade (beachside boulevard) is one of the more popular sites in the seaside Cote d’Azure town of Cannes – stretching 2 km. along the Mediterranean. It also acts as a major beach destination during the Summer. Visitors will also notice luxury hotels, designer shops and trendy nightspots within walking distance from this promenade.

Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix

Parc Astérix (60128 Plailly) – visitors to this amusement park come here to appreciate contemporary pop French culture. This theme park is named after the famed animated Gaullic character Asterix (created by comic book artists Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny) – whose status in France is similar to Mickey Mouse in USA. Located 35 km north of Paris, it offers 35 rides (including six roller coasters and 4 water rides – incorporating Ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian themes).

Moët & Chandon Cellars

Bodegas Moët & Chandon

Bodegas Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon Cellars (20 avenue de Champagne, 51200 Epernay) – to walk through Moët & Chandon’s wine cellars in Epernay is to enter the very heart of this champagne maker. Located 10 to 30-meters under the chalky soil, Moët & Chandon’s cellars are the largest within the Champagne region, spanning 28km (approx.. 17.4 miles). In this legendary subterranean labyrinth, the forces of nature have come together to create a uniquely ideal setting for the metamorphosis of choice fruit into the House’s luxurious wine. Select grapes undergo their transformation into champagne in conditions where temperature and humidity levels are constant and unchanging.

 

Regularly scheduled tours of the cellars followed by a tasting can be enjoyed throughout the season and bespoke tastings and tours can be arranged at your convenience. Tours hours are from 9:30 am – 11:30 am and 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Prices range from €21 per person (“traditional” visit – includes 1 flute of champagne), to €28 (“imperial” visit – includes 2 flutes of champagne, and €35 (“grand vintage” – 2 flutes of champagne: White 2004 and Rosé 2002). Those under 18 can also participate in such tours (€10 per person), but cannot participate in champagne tastings. Those under 10 years are allowed in free. See the Moët website for more details: www.moet.com

 

Monaco Grand Prix

Gran Premio de Mónaco

Gran Premio de Mónaco

Monaco Grand Prix (Monaco – South of France) – every late May, the Principality of Monaco (located on the southeast corner of France), near the Italian border, plays host to one of the most anticipating auto racing events in the international Formula 1 circuit. Major Formula 1 drivers from Nico Rosberg to Lewis Hamilton compete for this race – attended by both ordinary tourists, as well as many of the same celebrities that attend the nearby Cannes Film Festival (usually held just before the Grand Prix).

 

Along with the auto race itself, a number of VIP parties are held within Monaco, as well as at nearby French Riviera towns (and even off-shore, on various mega-yachts). One of them is “Amber Lounge” (technically held within Le Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel) – consisting of a VIP fashion show and charity auction, as well as parties held throughout Grand Prix weekend. The Grand Prix auto racers themselves, along with Monaco’s Prince Albert, regularly take part in this event. Along with “Amber Lounge”, there is also “Billionaire Club” – also located in Monaco (launched by Italian businessman Flavio Briatore). Unlike Amber Lounge (which is an event held strictly during the Grand Prix period), Billionaire Club is open all year round – helping to reinforce the area’s reputation as a playground for the rich & famous.

 

Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival

Festival Les Nuits de Fourvière

Festival Les Nuits de Fourvière

Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival (Lyon) – this is an event that stretches from early June to the end of July every year. It consists of 28 days of a variety of entertainment – from theater & circus performances, to dance, opera, and pop and World Music concerts. Musical artists who have performed there range from Sting to Lou Reed, Bjork, Kid Creole and the Coconuts; Diana Krall; George Clinton; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Keith Jarrett, and French superstar rappers “IAM”. Travelers interested in attending are advised to review the event’s website: www.nuitsdefourviere.com