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    Visit Magnificent Provence with Link Paris

    Visit Provence, the perfect add-on to a Paris vacation. Provence is a lot like Southern California, if you added old Roman roads and darling rocky hilltop villages to the mix.  Topanga Canyon is wonderful, but it isn’t Arles. Visit Provence with us! France has a designation for its small towns of “charm and character”: Les Plus Beaux Villages de France or the most beautiful villages of France.  The region has an awful lot of them. Among them are Gordes, Menherbes and most of towns in the Luberon region. And how do you feel about food? You are in France so we assume “feed me well” is your mantra. The region will gladly load you…

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    Discover Brittany: Travel in the Footsteps of Brittany’s Artists

    The French Ministry of Culture has designated eight cities in Brittany as national “cities of art and history” for their contributions to the culture and beauty of France. They are: Quimper, Auray, Vannes, Rennes, Fougères, Vitré, Dinan, and Saint-Malo. For more than two centuries, Brittany has inspired artists from all over the globe, and today it remains one of the most popular French regions for artists. Artists founded colonies at Concarneau, Pont-Aven, and Douarnenez. In the 1860s, the American artists Henry Bacon, Robert Wylie, and others traveled from Philadelphia through Paris to Brittany in search of fresh inspiration and established themselves in Pont-Aven. Other famous artists like Émile Bernard, Henry…

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    The Normandy D-Day Tour Stops

    The sites you’ll see on our standard Normandy D-Day tour from Paris. Back to the Normandy D-Day Tour page. Arromanches The modest fishing and resort town of Arromanches was a key toehold for the Allies on June 6. Remnants of so-called “Mulberrys” remain off shore, where the rough seas of the bay were tamed enough to keep ships anchored and maintain a supply chain for the troops. Visitors to Arromanches, located at what was code named Gold Beach, will appreciate seeing the huge undertaking of the invasion from the cliff top perspective. Interestingly, the town and bay have been important strategically to successive waves of Celts, Gauls and Vikings. The American Cemetery…

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    The Brittany Coast By Car

    If you are determined to see the second most visited site in France, the monastery at Mont St. Michel, you might as well include the Brittany coast, too. That was our logic as we set off via rental car from Charles De Gaulle, me fresh off a coach flight from Los Angeles, husband John with a head start on his jet lag having arrived about 36 hours before. We were in a jaunty 5 speed diesel Renault rental, shockingly roomy inside, and with that awesome heating capability you absolutely need in Northern Europe, even in March. Maybe especially in March. As the guy whose sleep was mostly caught up, John was…

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    Saint Malo, France

    This charming walled city of Saint Malo is France’s gateway to the English channel, and an important ferry stop from Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth in the U.K. Visitors also routinely head to the Channel Islands from the St. Malo port. Proudly Breton, St. Malo even declared itself independent from France for a few short years in the late 1500’s. Visit Saint Malo and Mont St. Michel with our one day trip from Paris Saint Malo – From Pirates to Tourism St. Malo has a rough pirate past which also brought wealth to the city, spoils from voyages over many centuries. A typical privateer (pirate) mansion-turned-museum is a must-stop in St.…

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    The Picardy Region of France

    In 486 A.D. France was born in the Picardy region when King Clovis made Soissons the first capital of the Franks. Later on Hugues Capet was crowned here in Noyon in 987 A.D. The Capetians ruled France until the revolution ended their reign in 1792. The capital of the Picardy region is the historic city of Amiens. The city has been honored by UNESCO for its rich architectural heritage. The region is full of Gothic cathedrals and buildings including the majestic Chateau de Chantilly. A visit to Chantilly castle is an easy and popular day trip from Paris. The region begins about 30 km’s north of Paris and is replete…

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    Exciting Le Havre Shore Excursions

    Custom and Private Le Havre Shore Excursions If you are landing at a port of call in Normandy, France such as Le Havre please contact us to arrange a custom tour to the d-day landing beaches or for a special day trip to Paris. Pick-up and drop-off at your dock. Call us before your cruise toll free in the USA at 1-866-996-9727. (Calling from outside the USA? Click here) or email us at: i[email protected] POSSIBLE SITES AND DESTINATIONS: Paris Caen War Memorial American Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer and Omaha Beach Pegasus Bridge Bayeux Tapestry Longues Sur Mer If you have any other destinations in mind besides the above please visit our 40 places to…

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    Wednesday and Saturday Loire Castle Schedule

    CASTLES YOU’LL VISIT… Built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, Chenonceau is most known for the arched bridge at its base joining the château to the river’s opposite bank. A couple of centuries of crumbling disrepair was finally addressed right after World War II by the current owners (the family Menier, heirs to a chocolate-making fortune). Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France. The village of Amboise is anchored by the grand Château Amboise, along the river Loire, just 20 minutes from Tours. In recent times, the château Amboise has been partially restored and preserved, but has never returned to its…

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    Loire Wine and Castle Tour – Tuesday and Friday Castles

    CASTLES YOU’LL VISIT… Chambord is the biggest Loire castle, yet was only built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I. It’s been suggested, but not proven, Da Vinci had a hand in its design, but it’s attributed to Phillipe Delorme. Unique architectural features such as the minaret-like spires and grand double helix staircase add to its distinction. Onsite is the Museum of Nature and Hunting, and an especially rare collection of tapestries. Designed by the same architect who created Blois,  has stayed in the Count of Cheverny’s family almost continually since it was built in the 16th century. Intact interiors and priceless antiques are a must-see, but the famed hunting dog kennels on…

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    Loire Wine and Castle Tour – Monday and Thursday Castles

    CASTLES YOU’LL VISIT… Chateau D’Azay-Le-Rideau is dramatically situated on an island in the Indre river. The plush interiors are decorated in the Italian Renaissance style popular when it was first built in the 16th century. One of the newest exhibits is in the attic, showing the complicated beam and buttress design needed to hold the massive roof. Villandry features the finest formal gardens in Europe. The dilapidated gardens and castle were restored to their 16th century glory in the 1900’s, by a wealthy American heiress, Ann Coleman, and her French husband Joachim Carvallo. It takes 8 gardeners working full time to plant, prune and care for the 60,000 vegetable plants and 45,000…