Your guide to 24 perfect breaks
|Londoners all know that Paris is virtually a tube ride away – but thanks to Europe’s exceptional high-speed rail network, you can reach every corner of France in just a few hours from Paris. To bring the best of French culture even closer, Time Out and the top French cities have compiled checklists for perfect experiences in destinations north, south, east and west.|
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The Palais des Papes
The Palais des Papes (papal palace) is testament to Avignon’s prestigious past as the capital of Christendom in the 14th century. It is the largest Gothic palace in Europe and offers incomparable riches for the study of 14th century architecture and painting.
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Centre Pompidou Metz
In Lorraine, the Centre Pompidou-Metz is a space that is open to all and dedicated to contemporary creation in all its forms, in an impressive building created by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines. Benefiting from loans from the Centre Pompidou collection, it presents temporary exhibitions and a multidisciplinary cultural programme.
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The Musée Fabre
The Musée Fabre art museum offers visitors a major collection of paintings from the 15th to the 21st centuries, and a fine collection of sculptures. Veronese, Poussin, Steen, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, Bazille and Pierre Soulages and the sculptors Houdon, Pajou and Richier are particularly well represented.
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Les Machines de l’île
A team of builders, craftsmen and artists led by François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice has installed their workshop in the industrial warehouses of the former shipyards in Nantes. Their pieces explore the treetops, the savannah and even the seabed through a veritable bestiary of living machines imagined by the workshop…
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Learn the history of the greatest Roman monuments in France through the Nîmes Arena and the ancient games, the Maison Carrée and the 3D film ‘Héros de Nîmes’, as well as the Tour Magne and its arresting panorama of the city as it was in the days of the Romans.
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Château de Versailles
A World Heritage site for 30 years, the Château de Versailles is one of the finest achievements of 17th century French art and architecture.
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Introduction to Bordeaux wines
Learn also how to taste the wine and use the main senses (smelling, tasting) to recognize the aromas through wine tasting three wines. Plus, enjoy a large selection of French cheeses chosen from the cheese cellar. Guided in French and English.
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François and Sophie Rude Exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Dijon
Until 31st October
An artistic couple of the 19th century, known as ‘citizens of freedom’. François Rude, a major sculptor of the 19th century, created the frieze on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris entitled ‘The Departure of Volunteers’: an icon also known worldwide as ‘The Marseillaise’ Sophie Rude, a talented portraitist, long remained in the shadow of her husband but is well represented here.
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Musée d’Art Moderne
With its huge skies, limpid estuary and sea views, its harbor and its striking light, it’s hardly surprising that Impressionism was born in Le Havre. With his 1873 painting ‘Impression, soleil levant’, Claude Monet brought the city of Le Havre to the forefront of art history worldwide. Today, the Malraux Museum is a must for any art lover.
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In 2012, Futuroscope celebrates 25 years and offers an outstanding program. Take full iMagic eyes with a novel show of illusions worthy of the greatest stages of Las Vegas. Share funny moments with the strange creatures of the People of the Future and see many more events and performances throughout the year.
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