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Places To Visit In France

 

Jardin des Plantes :: Paris, France

April 2, 2012 by  
Category Attractions

Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, the Jardin des Plantes is Paris’s primary botanical garden and renowned for its centuries-old beauty. A popular tourist attraction, the garden is also a favorite venue for Parisians. Located on sixty-nine acres, the Jardin des Plantes features many internationally famous gardens, greenhouses, and exhibits.

With Louis XIII’s approval, the Jardin des Plantes was established in 1626; however, it remained closed to the public until 1640. This first garden was founded as a medical herbal garden by two of the king’s physicians, Jean Herouard and Guy de la Brosse. A school of botany, natural history, and pharmacy was also founded along with the garden. Today, the Jardin des Plantes still boasts a school of botany as well as a natural history museum and zoo. With so many exceptional features, the garden is one of Paris’s most illustrious parks. Read more

Chateau d’If :: Marseilles, France

January 29, 2012 by  
Category Landmarks

The notorious fortress that was part of the setting for the historic novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas was infamously the prison for many of France’s political and religious captives. Built as a fortress against Mediterranean Sea raiders between 1524 and 1531, Chateau d’If is still situated on its small, forbidding island about a mile from the French city of Marseille. Once a feared prison, Chateau d’If is now a popular tourist attraction. Read more

Carnavalet Museum :: Paris, France

September 26, 2011 by  
Category Attractions

Devoted to preserving the history of Paris, the Carnavalet Museum opened in 1880 and continues to collect and showcase historical elements of the city. One of the city’s most renowned attractions, the museum spans two adjacent mansions that were once nineteenth-century hotels. With its vast holdings that stretch back to the earliest settlements of the area, the Carnavalet Museum hosts more than a million visitors each year. Read more

Hotel de Nesle :: Paris, France

July 9, 2010 by  
Category Hotels

Reserve a Room at Hotel de Nesle in Paris

In the heart of the Saint Germain quarters in Paris, France sits an artistic hotel for those who dream of the bohemian Paris of writing and painting, the Hotel de Nesle (pronounced nell). With 20 rooms uniquely designed by the owner and her son, they feature frescos based on historical French events and themes. The hotel not only provides distinctively unconventional yet comfortable accommodations, it’s great location on a calm backstreet only one block from the Seine River puts you within walking distance from all the major attractions such as Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre, the Palais Royal and much more. Feel free to enjoy a leisurely stroll past the art galleries and fancy shops found throughout the St. Germain area. Read more

Disneyland Paris :: Paris, France

July 5, 2010 by  
Category Attractions

Also known by its original name of Euro Disney, Disneyland Paris is a wonderful vacation and recreation resort in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. Disneyland Paris is made up of two theme parks, a retail, dining and entertainment district and seven Disney-owned hotels. Opened in April 1992, it is the second complex opened outside the United States and the first to be owned and operated by Disney. Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios are the complex’s two theme parks and combined, the two parks bring in over 15 million visitors annually making Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Park (12+ million on its own) the most visited attractions in France and Europe. Read more

Palace of Versailles :: Paris, France

June 19, 2010 by  
Category Landmarks

The Chateau de Versailles is without a doubt one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful example of French 18th century art. The original site was used by King Louis XIII as a hunting lodge. Upon his death his son and heir Louis XIV started a transformation of the building and even moved the government and royal court to the newly renovated site. The Palace was continually upgraded and enlarged until the French Revolution when the royal occupants were ceremoniously beheaded! Read more

Château de Bagnols :: Bagnols, France

May 13, 2010 by  
Category Hotels

Surrounded by majestic vineyards in Bagnols, France sits a unique five-star deluxe château hotel, the Château de Bagnols. This thirteenth century castle was re-discovered in 1987 by Lady Hamlyn who painstakingly had it restored to its former glory. During the restoration a wide variety of Renaissance wall and ceiling paintings were found dating back to the château’s finest time, when nearby Lyon was one of Europe’s great Renaissance cities. The Château also features impressive towers, the original dry moat and a dramatic entrance across a drawbridge. It is one of France’s major historic monuments while at the same time Read more

Opera Garnier :: Paris, France

March 11, 2010 by  
Category Attractions

Opened in 1875, Opera Garnier is an amazing example of Neo-Baroque architecture at its finest. Designed by a then unknown French architect Charles Garnier, Opera Garnier has served throughout the years as one of the principal venues for Parisian Opera and Ballet. It is known by many names such as Opera de Paris, Palais Garnier, and Paris Opera, with its most official name being Académie Nationale de Musique. It is the thirteenth theater to house the Paris Opera since it was founded in 1669 by Louis XIV. The theater was built over a fifteen year span on the orders of Napoleon III as part of a reconstruction project. Construction was Read more

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