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Driving through the French countryside at a leisurely pace is an excellent way of getting acquainted with the country. From the hectic pace of Paris to find yourself on a rural road passing through French villages with the freedom of coming and going just as you please is truly a pleasure. Stop for lunch when and where you want to and get side-tracked as much as you feel like letting yourself are what an enjoyable holiday is all about. Booking inexpensive car rentals iconis one of the first steps to initiate your tour of France. First decide whether you wish to drive to your destination and motor back to Paris, or whether you'd prefer to drive only one way and return via air or by train.

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Another consideration is whether to take the fast toll motorways known as Péage or to slow it down on smaller more rural roads off the beaten path. The road system in France is excellent so even the small rural roads passing through myriad picturesque villages are well maintained, marked and lit. Many car rental agencies offer the option of an in-car navigation system which makes getting around rural France very easy. No worrying where you are or hassling with unruly maps to frazzle visitors in unfamiliar surroundings makes the small additional cost well worth paying. A motortour through the French countryside to Sète can then be the kind of highly memorable holiday that will stay in your mind for the rest of your life.

Paris city crestParis

Tour FranceParis is the capital and largest city of France. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region. Paris is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe and was the largest city in the Western world for about 600 years prior to the 19th century. Today Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and its influences in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It hosts the headquarters of many international organizations such as UNESCO, the OECD, the International Chamber of Commerce and the European Space Agency. Paris is considered one of the greenest and most liveable cities in Europe. It is also one of the most expensive. The Paris region is the first in Europe in terms of research and development capability and expenditure and through its 17 universities and 55 grandes écoles has the highest concentration of higher education students in the European Union. With about 42 million tourists annually in the city and its suburbs, Paris is the most visited city in the world. The city and its region contain 3,800 historical monuments and four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Paris has many nicknames, but its most famous is La Ville-Lumière - The City of Light, a name it owes first to its fame as a center of education and new ideas during the Age of Enlightenment, and later to its early adoption of street lighting.

On 14 June 1940, five weeks after the start of the Battle of France, an undefended Paris fell to German occupation forces. The Germans marched past the Arc de Triomphe on the 140th anniversary of Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Marengo. German forces remained in Paris until the city was liberated in August 1944 after a resistance uprising, two and a half months after the Normandy invasion. Central Paris endured World War II practically unscathed, as there were no strategic targets for Allied bombers because train stations in central Paris are terminal stations and major factories were located in the suburbs. Also, German General von Choltitz did not destroy all Parisian monuments before the German retreat, as ordered by Adolf Hitler. A massive urban renewal project, the Grand Paris, was launched in 2007 by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It consists of various economic, cultural, housing, transport and environmental projects to reach a better integration of the territories and revitalise the metropolitan economy. The most emblematic project is the construction by 2025 of a new automatic metro which will consist of 150 kilometers of rapid-transit lines connecting the Grand Paris regions to one another and to the centre of Paris.

Accommodation:

Elysees Niel Hotel is located in central Paris, just a 3-minute walk from the famous Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. The guest rooms at the Elysees Niel have a classical décor and are all soundproofed. Each is equipped with a TV with satellite channels and a modern bathroom with both shower and bath. A buffet breakfast is served every morning in the hotel’s dining room, or in guests’ rooms upon request. There is also a lounge where guests can relax beside the fireplace.

The hotel reception desk is open 24 hours a day and free newspapers are offered daily in the hotel lobby. The Elysees Niel Hotel is situated 900 meters from the Palais des Congrès. It is just 300 meters from the Ternes Metro Station and the Charles de Gaulle – Etoile RER Station is just a 5-minute walk away.

Facilities of Elysees Niel Hotel

24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Family rooms, Elevator, Safety deposit box, Soundproof rooms, Heating, Luggage storage, All public and private spaces non-smoking, Air conditioning.

Services

Breakfast in room, Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge. No parking is available.

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Beaune city crestBeaune

Tour FranceBeaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Côte d'Or department of eastern France. Located between Paris and Geneva, Beaune is one of the key wine centers in France and the host of the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune - the primary wine auction in France. The town is surrounded by some of the world's most famous wine villages, while the facilities and cellars of many producers, large and small, are situated in Beaune itself. With a diverse historical and architectural heritage, Beaune is considered the Capital of Burgundy Wines. Beaune is an ancient and historic town on a plain beneath the hills of the Cote d'Or, with items remaining from the pre-Roman and Roman eras, through the Medieval and Renaissance periods all the way up to recent history and modern times. Beaune is a walled city, with about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat, having remained in good condition, while the central old town is still extensive. Historically the town of Beaune is intimately connected with the Dukes of Burgundy. Landmarks in Beaune include the Halles, the Hospices, the Beffroi, and Notre Dame. There is a comprehensive traditional shopping area clustered around the central square with a focus on gourmet food, fashion, and wine, while large supermarkets, business parks, while other less esthetic goods and services are situated on the outskirts of town. Beaune is the center for wine industry services such as tractors and equipment for vat-rooms as well as a number of wine-related institutes and education facilities. The train station is served by TGV, through Dijon or Lyon.

Beaune has a major fine food market on Saturdays, where there are a large number of stall holders supplying a broad selection of products and specialties from Burgundy and the surrounding regions. Included are Bresse chickens, Jura cheeses, small goods, spices, produce of every variety as well as seasonal specialties such as truffles. There is a smaller market on Wednesday, and special-event markets and fetes are held throughout the year. Although Beaune is not primarily focused on tourism, but a town centered around the wine industry, it still attracts large numbers of tourists. About five traditional boutique hotels are located within the city walls with another five chain hotels situated on the outskirts. Technically Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of department 21, the Côte-d'Or department, in the Bourgogne region. Beaune is one of the wine communes of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Burgundy wine region, which bears the name of this town. Although Beaune is lacking a Grand Cru vineyard in the commune, it is the hub of the region's wine business, as most of Burgundy's major négociants are here. Beaune is renowned for its annual charity wine auction on behalf of the Hospices de Beaune founded in 1442 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife. The Hospices are a charity running hospitals and other services for the needy. It is situated on the route des Grands Crus tourist trail that winds among the vineyards. The road runs north from Beaune to Gevrey Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges and south to Nolay, Saisy and Autun. At the producers along this route tourists can see how the wine is produced plus taste the wines and purchase bottles.

Beaune has an oceanic climate with a semi-continental tendency. The oceanic influence is seen with frequent rains in each season -though Autumn has the most and Summer has the least and many weather changes. On the other hand, one sees the semi-continental influence with one of the greatest seasonal temperature differences, characterized by cold winters with frequent snowfall, and hot summers with violent storms. It is this climate which creates the unique microcosism for which the cote d'or is so readily known.

Attractions

  • Dijon Capital of Burgundy with its museums
  • Vézelay with iots famous Basilica
  • Autun with its Roman theatre and its Cathedral
  • Tournus and its Church St Philibert
  • Roman churches circuit (Brancion- Chapaize)
  • Cluny and its Abbey
  • Paray-le-Monial with its Basilica (pilgrimages)
  • Nevers (Ste Bernadette Tomb)
  • Abbaye de Fontenay (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Chàteau-Chinon (François Mitterrand Museum)

Accommodation:

The hotel Au Grand Saint Jean is located in the center of Beaune, in the heart of the Burgundian Vineyards. Grand Hotel Saint Jean offers comfortable and spacious rooms. All the rooms are equipped with private bath, WC, direct-dial phone, alarm, satellite TV and Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel has rooms for disabled guests and a secure carpark. The central location of Grand Hotel Saint Jean is perfect to visit Beaune as the hotel is located 300 metres from the hospices of Beaune and is very close to the shopping center with its charming old streets.

Facilities of Au Grand Saint Jean Hotel

24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms, Rooms/facilities for disabled guests, Elevator, Express check-in/check-out, Heating, Luggage storage, All public and private spaces non-smoking

Services

Fax/photocopying, Free Wi-fi, Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs €3.70 per day.

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Aubusson city crestAubusson

Tour FranceAubusson has existed pretty much since the Gallo-Roman period. The Camp des Châtres in the town, which was considered a Roman Fort for a long time, actually dates back to the Iron Age. Aubusson is well known for its tapestry and carpets, which have been famous throughout the world since the 14th century. Its origins lie with the arrival of weavers from Flanders, who took refuge in Aubusson around 1580. There is a famous collection of Aubusson tapestries at Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism situated at the threshold of one of the most beautiful tourist sites of France: Les Gorges de l'Ardèche" (English: the Ardèche Canyon). The style of the tapestries produced has changed through the centuries, from scenes of green landscapes through to hunting scenes. In the 17th Century, the Aubusson and Felletin workshops were given Royal Appointment status. A downturn in fortunes came after the French revolution and the arrival of wallpaper. However, tapestry made something of a comeback during the 1930s, with artists such as Cocteau, Dufy, Dali, Braque, Calder and Picasso being invited to Aubusson to express themselves through the medium of wool. Aubusson tapestry still thrives today, preserving a range of traditional skills. In 1983, l’Atelier Raymond Picaud chose Burhan Doğançay's Ribbon Series as a tapestry subjects. Coventry cathedral's famous Christ in Glory tapestry, designed by artist Graham Sutherland, was woven in nearby Felletin. Installed in 1962, this was the world's largest vertical tapestry up until the 1990s. The Musée Départemental de la Tapisserie was created in 1981 in Aubusson which exhibits nearly 600 years of tapestry creation and production. This rich collection is composed of 17th, 18th and 19th Century tapestries and carpets. Aside from works from its own collection, there are also regular exhibitions of tapestries from around the world, showcasing works right up to the present day. Maison du Tapissier is a permanent exhibition that is staged in an ancient Creusois house in Aubusson. The interior tells the history and traditions of tapestry as well as showing furniture of the period.

Two golf courses that are located approximately ½ hour away are Aubusson Golf Gouzon situated north of the hotel and the Golf Vassivière to the southwest. Make inquiries at your hotel for more information. The Mas du Clos Speedway is 10 minutes away. Le Mas du Clos is a small French race track, located at the edge of the Pyrenees Mountains. Originally opening in the early 1960′s, the track started its life as a much shorter, 400 meter strip. Over the years it has been expanded, and today is just over 3 kilometers. If you are visiting Le Mas du Clos a visit to the museum is well worthwhile, with several classic Ferrari’s on display. Looking at the layout of the speedway, it has a mixture of everything, some tight hairpins at the bottom end of the track, a fast downhill with several small corners, some long sweeping corners, and even a banked corner. Because of the location it also means there is a substantial altitude difference between the top and bottom of the track. So, if you are in the region it is really worth a visit.

Other area attractions are:

Accommodation:

Hôtel de La Seiglière is situated about 2 ½ kilometers away from Aubusson in a beautiful mountain setting opposite a small fishing lake in the village of La Seiglière. You can explore the 21-hectare park, relax in the outdoor swimming pool or drive the 2.8 kilometers to Aubusson. The rooms at Hôtel de La Seiglière are decorated simply and stylishly and include an LCD TV with Canal+satellite channels. Each room also has free Wi-Fi access and an en suite bathroom. A buffet breakfast is served every morning, in the breakfast room or in the comfort of guest rooms. In the evening you may also relax with a drink on the terrace before sampling traditional cuisine in the panoramic restaurant. The diligent and friendly staff at the Hôtel de La Seiglière will assure you a pleasant and trouble free visit. Free private parking is available on site and the Mas du Clos race driving circuit is only a 10 minute drive away. You can also choose to drive the 2.8 kilometers to the Tapestry Museum or visit Villemonteix Chateau - only 19 kilometers from the hotel.

Facilities of Hôtel de La Seiglière

Restaurant, Bar, Newspapers, Garden, Non-smoking rooms, Elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage, Designated smoking area

Activities in the area

Fishing, Hiking, Cycling, Outdoor swimming pool (seasonal)

Hotel Services

Room service, Meeting/banquet facilities, Babysitting/child services, breakfast in room, shoeshine, packed lunches, FAX/photocopying, nightclub/DJ, shuttle service (free), special diet menus on request, Airport shuttle (surcharge) Wi-fi internet is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Free private parking is possible on site - a reservation is not needed.

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Millau city crestMillau

Tour FranceMillau is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France. It is located at the confluence of the Tarn and Dourbie Rivers. By the 1st century AD there was a settlement on this location identified by Dieudonne du Rey late in the 19th century as Condatomagus, which was the major earthenware making center in the Roman Empire - La Graufesenque. This major Roman site supplied most of the best pottery across the Roman Empire for 150 years. It was not situated in the center of the town but was located on the right bank of the River Tarn about 800 meters or 2,600 feet away. Butt even today with all the new development, the center of the old medieval Roman town on the left bank of the Tarn River remains poorly excavated. The newly renovated Maison du Peuple, almost right on top of the site of the old Roman forum, saw no archaeologists before major mechanical excavation for recent new deep foundations. Surprisingly, the local museum sits almost adjacent to this site. In the Middle Ages the town had one of the major medieval bridges across the River Tarn that had 17 spans. If it were still standing it would be a major monument; but one poorly maintained span fell down in the 18th century, and the bridge was mostly demolished. Just one span remains, with a mill that is now an art gallery, it stands as testament to this significant trading route from north to south across pre-Renaissance France. In 1999, José Bové, a local Larzac anti-globalisation activist demolished the Millau McDonalds while it was under construction. It was a symbolic protest of the spread of fast food, Americanization, and the spread of 'Genetically Modified Organisms/crops' (GMO). The McDonalds was later rebuilt, and Bové received a Presidential pardon from then French President Jacques Chirac.

The Millau Viaduct, the tallest cable-stayed road bridge in the world, which carries the A75 autoroute across the valley of the River Tarn near Millau. Designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343.0 meters or 1,125 feet above the base of the structure. It is the 12th highest bridge in the world, at 270 meters or 890 feet in height below the road deck. The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Montpellier. Construction cost was approximately €400 million. It was formally dedicated on the 14th December 2004, inaugurated on the 15th, and opened to traffic on the 16th. The bridge received the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.It relieves the town of much of the traffic coming to the area and to points further south, especially during the summer months. In the 21st century, clear of traffic jams, the town of Millau has turned into a tourist destination with one of the largest touring campsites in central France, and it has become a major center for sports activities.

The town is best known for its sheepskin gloves, for which it led the French fashion industry for two centuries. Within driving distance of Millau is the workshop of artist Andre Debru in the village of Gozon. Forge work and sculpture are the talents Debru works in his shop all year. Large and extremely unique reproductions of animals like elephants, giraffes and rhinocerous plus life-size figures, signs, weathervanes, outdoor furniture. Other area attractions are:

  • The Glove Museum
  • Millau Viaduct visitors center - presentation of bridge construction and souvenir shop
  • The Jardin Botanique des Causses - a botanical garden
  • The Place du Maréchal Foch - a square with 12th century arcades
  • Église Notre-Dame-de-l'Espinasse - a church allegedly once possessing a part of the Crown of Thorns, making it an important pilgrimage center in the Middle Ages. The church was destroyed in 1582 but rebuilt in the 17th century. The frescoes from 1939 are by Jean Bernard, the stained-glass windows from 1984 by Claude Baillon.
  • The Passage du Pozous is a 13th century fortified gateway
  • The Belfry, a 12th century square tower topped by an octagonal 17th century tower on the place Emma Calvé
  • Millau is the main center in France for paragliding
  • Micropolis - the city of insects located at nearby Saint-Léons
  • The medieval walled Knights Templar town of La Couvertoirade is nearby
  • The nearby caves for Roquefort Cheese production

Accommodation:

Deltour Hôtel Millau City

This modern hotel with an outdoor swimming pool and a pleasant garden is located high-up in Millau. The comfortable rooms feature free Wi-Fi internet access. The friendly and attentive staff at Deltour Hôtel Millau City will be happy to help you plan your stay in Millau, and can offer advice on the best restaurants to go and sample delicious regional specialities. Visitors wanting to explore the Midi-Pyrénées region by car will be pleased to know that they can benefit from free and secure on-site parking at the Deltour Hôtel Millau City.

Facilities of Deltour Hôtel Millau City

Restaurant, Bar, Garden, Terrace, Non-smoking rooms, Rooms/facilities for disabled guests, Elevator, Soundproof rooms, Heating, Air conditioning, Designated smoking area, Restaurant (à la carte) and Outdoor swimming pool.

Services

Meeting/banquet facilities, Fax/photocopying, Free Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

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Sète city crestSète

Tour FranceSète is a commune in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. Known as the Venice of Languedoc and the singular island, in Paul Valéry's words, it is a port and a sea-side resort on the Mediterranean Sea with its own very strong cultural identity, traditions, cuisine and dialect. It is also the hometown of artists like Paul Valéry, Jean Vilar, Georges Brassens, Hervé Di Rosa, Manitas de Plata, and Robert Combas. Built upon and around Mont St Clair, Sète is situated on the south-eastern hub of the Bassin de Thau, an enclosed salt water lake used primarily for oyster and mussel fields. To its other side lies the Mediterranean Sea. In 1703, when the Saint-Louis church was consecrated, Louis IX, patron of the port, also became the patron saint of the town. He has been celebrated every year on August 25, with canal jousting competitions, music and fireworks, except during wartime. Sète is the eastern starting point of the Canal du Midi, and the ending point of the Canal du Rhône à Sète. Its train station Gare de Sète is approximately 25 minutes by train from Montpellier, and is also served by long distance trains to Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Paris. Car ferries ply between Sète and Morocco in northern Africa. Sun worshipping visitors to Sète can be on a beautiful white sand beach in a matter of minutes.

The Canal du Midi is a 240 kilometer or 150 mile long canal in Southern France. The canal connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean and along with the Canal de Garonne forms the Canal des Deux Mers joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The canal runs from the city of Toulouse down to the Étang de Thau. The Canal du Midi was built by Pierre-Paul Riquet. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The Canal has 91 locks which serve to ascend and descend a total of 190 meters or 620 feet. It includes 328 structures such as bridges, dams and a tunnel. There are now over 40 aqueducts, but when created by Riquet, there were only three, the Répudre Aqueduct, Aiguille Aqueduct and Jouarres Aqueduct. To cross the other streams, the streams were dammed below the canal and the boats crossed on the rivers themselves. From 1683 to 1693, Vauban improved the canal adding drainage ditches and over 40 aqueducts. Among the most important were the Orbiel Aqueduct and Cesse Aqueducts. The Orb Aqueduct was finished in 1858 and finally, the Herbettes Aqueduct in 1983. At the town of Béziers there was a staircase of eight locks at Fonsérannes to bring it to the river Orb. The locks had to be cut from solid rock, and descended a hillside whose gradient varied. All the locks had to contain the same volume of water, but could not have precisely the same shape. Nonetheless, they were built successfully without need of repair. Surprisingly, this amazing piece of engineering was subcontracted out to two illiterate brothers, the Medhailes, and was built by a workforce composed mainly of women.

Because of flooding problems, the Canal du Midi was equipped with aqueduct bridges. The first was over the Le Répudre River, but Vauban also designed subsequent ones. Finally, an aqueduct bridge was built over the Orb Aqueduct, bypassing the bottom two locks at Fonserannes. From 1982 to 1983, a new Fonserannes water slope was built for barges alongside the lock staircase, too, though it is now out of service. The design of the Canal included the first canal passage ever built through a tunnel - the Malpas Tunnel. The Canal du Midi passes through a 173 metre or 568 foot tunnel through a hill at Enserune. The Canal also involved building the first artificial reservoir for feeding a canal waterway, the Bassin de St. Ferréol. The second source, built in 1777–1781, was Bassin de Lampy. The construction of the Canal du Midi was considered by people in the 17th century as the biggest project of the day. Even today, it is seen as a marvelous engineering accomplishment and is the most popular pleasure waterway in Europe. Initially the canal appears to have been mainly used by small sailing barges with easily lowered masts, bow-hauled by gangs of men. By the middle of the 18th century, horse towing had largely taken over and steam tugs came in 1834 to cross the Étang. By 1838 273 vessels were regularly working the canal and passenger and packet boats for mail continued a brisk trade until the coming of the railways in 1857. Commercial traffic continued until 1980 when it began to decline rapidly, ultimately ceasing altogether during the drought closure of 1989. Today the Canal has become a tourist attraction and place for leisure activities, with many people rowing, canoeing, fishing or even cruising on luxury hotel barges such as the Anjodi. The canal's beauty is enhanced by rows of stately Plane trees that line each side. The 42,000 trees, which date from the 1830s, were planted to stabilize the banks. In 2006 a wilt infection was discovered that is killing the trees. About 2,500 had been destroyed by mid-2011, at which time it was projected that all would need to be destroyed and replaced in 20 years.

Accommodation:

Le Grand Hotel is set in the heart of Sète, between the Mediterranean and the Thau Lake, and features a contemporary décor and an on-site gourmet restaurant. Guests are invited to relax in the hotel's glass-roofed courtyard. All of the air-conditioned rooms are individually decorated and include parquet flooring. Each room is equipped with a TV, a telephone and a minibar. The hotel's spacious restaurant, Quai 17, proposes Mediterranean-style cuisine, prepared with local products. Breakfast is served every morning at Le Grand Hotel. The Sète Train Station is situated 1.8 kilometers from the hotel and the city of Frontignan is only 9 kilometers away with the city of Montpellier being reached by car in 35 minutes.

Facilities of Le Grand Hotel

Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Design hotel, Luggage storage, All public and private spaces non-smoking, Air conditioning, Restaurant (à la carte)

Services

Meeting/banquet facilities, Breakfast in room, Ironing service, Bridal suite, Fax/photocopying - Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is needed) and costs EUR 9.50 per day.

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An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France
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In this handsome and engaging book, Clive Coates, one of the world's leading authorities on wine, gives us the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and detailed study of the wines of France ever written. Coates's vast knowledge of his subject together with his natural gift as a storyteller make An Encyclopedia of the Wines and Domaines of France as informative as it is entertaining. He discusses every appellation and explains its character, distinguishes the best growers, and uses a star system to identify the finest estates. With more than forty specially commissioned maps that show the main appellations and wine villages of France in detail and a format that invites browsing as well as in-depth study, this book will be essential reading for anyone, professional or amateur, interested in wine.

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