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France Wins the World Cup 2018

France wins the Worldwide soccer championship for the second time in history
Twenty years after France won its first World Cup final at home in Paris, our team brings the golden trophy home for a second time , this time from Moscow. See this video of Paris paying homage to its national team. It was a dramatic end to an exciting month of football in Russia. The match against the strong Croatian team ended 4 - 2, including a stunning goal from Paris St Germain football club's latest star, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé. making him the first teenager to score in a World Cup final since Brazilian legend Pelé in 1958. France's manager Didier Deschamps also goes down in history...

The Eiffel Tower Celebrates its 130th Anniversary

The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Any mention of France, and Paris in particular, will surely conjure up an image of the most iconic of icons, a symbol of romance and geometrical elegance. We are of course talking about the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which celebrates its 130 th anniversary on March 31 st , 2019. With nearly 7 million visitors each year and 250 million in total since its inauguration in 1889, the Eiffel Tower is one of the world’s most popular attractions. But not many people know the history behind it, or how this iron structure has managed to stay standing for so long. Here are some interesting facts about the...

France Just For You is awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

France Just For You Trip Advisor Winner
France Just For You is delighted to have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 for our tours of France. The Certificate of Excellence recognizes businesses that receive consistently great user reviews. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all our travelers for leaving such kind reviews on TripAdvisor! Here are a few of our favorite quotes from our TripAdvisor page : “If you want to experience France, but are hesitant because you don’t speak the language, this company is for you. Emilie will prepare an itinerary that is so detailed that even the most...

A New Head Gardener at Monet's Home Giverny

Jean-Marie Avisard will be replacing the legendary Gilbert Vahé as head gardener at Giverny , the home of Claude Monet. The job will include keeping the beautiful gardens , which inspired so much of Monet’s work, in pristine condition. This includes the flowerbeds, water garden, and lily ponds and it is no easy task. Jean Marie Avisard, the new head gardener of the Giverny gardens - © Autour de Overblog Gilbert Vahé has been in charge of the gardens since the project was first conceived back in 1977. He then retired in 2011 and was replaced by British...

Delacroix Exhibition at Louvre in Paris

Eugene Delacroix Painter Louvre Exhibition
must-see exhibition at the Louvre Get your diaries ready. From March 29th until July 23rd of this year , the Louvre will host a Delacroix exhibition. For those unfamiliar with Delacroix, he is one of France’s most celebrated artists and was the talk of the town in the early to mid 1800s. For four months, Paris’s, most famous museum will be exhibiting around 180 pieces of his work. The majority of these masterpieces will be paintings and they will span the entirety of his career to give viewers a complete picture (no pun intended) of his life. Eugene Delacroix Painter (1798 -...

Charles de Gaulle Airport to Have New Terminal by 2024

Terminal 1 at Paris CDG Airport
By 2024, Paris’s main airport, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle will have a fourth terminal. This will come just in time for the arrival of the Olympic athletes when Paris hosts the 2024 Olympic Games. The summer games are expected to take place between July 26 th and August 11 th . Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Currently, Charles de Gaulle airport is the 10th busiest airport in the worl d and the second busiest in Europe, after London. On average, the airport receives almost 70 million passengers per year. Its busiest routes are to New York, London, Barcelona and Dubai. The...

Disneyland Paris Set for Major Expansion

Disneyland Paris is about to get an impressive new $2.5 billion expansion over the next few years. Those in charge have remained tight-lipped about the details of this expansion but we have managed to extract the basic gist from the powers that be. It looks like three brand new areas are going to be added to the park in the biggest expansion since the park first opened in 1992 . Situated just outside the French capital, Paris, Disneyland Paris has long been captivating visitors from around the world. Did you know that Disneyland Paris alone accounts for...

Soar Over Paris With FlyView

Paris by Night
Have you ever wondered what Paris looks like from up above? Well, thanks to FlyView’s new virtual reality experience, now you can find out. The premise of this spectacular new attraction is simple – let people soar over Paris, without a plane. Of course, you won’t actually be attached to a jet pack as you gaze down upon this bustling metropolis, but it will feel like you are. FlyView over Paris This new type of cultural attraction has already taken off in North America with FlyOver Canada and FlyOver USA. The simulator lets individuals feel like they are zooming through the air...

The 2018 Ryder Cup in France

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Ryder Cup in France This year, France will be the second country in Continental Europe to host the prestigious Ryder Cup . This provides an excellent and unique opportunity for golf lovers to witness the ultimate golfing tournament and also to explore some of France’s most beautiful regions. The Ryder cup will take place from the 25-30 September of 2018 at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines , a suburb of Paris . The convenient location of the tournament means that...

The Marriage of King Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Spain

Did you know that King Louis XIV got married in Saint-Jean-de-Luz? Well, wouldn't you? In 1660, King Louis XIV of France was wedded to the Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain . The title infanta was given to the children of the king in Spain and Portugal. While the marriage itself was not a particularly happy one – King Louis had numerous public love affairs – the story of the wedding has gone down in history as being somewhat legendary. The reason the marriage was arranged in the first place was to ease the growing tensions...

Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas in Provence
Situated in the South of France, most people think of Provence as a summer destination . With abundant nature, there is plenty of fun to be had exploring the region’s diverse and beautiful landscapes under the never-ending sunshine. Yet, there is a lot more to Provence than just days out in the sun. Come Christmas time, the whole region transforms into a winter wonderland. The region has its own special Christmas customs and this makes the festive season here particularly magical. The festivities run from the 4 th of December right through...

Les Machines de L'Ile in Nantes

The huge Elephant at Les Machines de l Ile in Nantes
As we are always working to improve our tours and looking for new places of interest to include, we decided to pay a visit to the city of Nantes, at the border between Pays de la Loire and Brittany, to see Les Machines de l’île’ , a unique and ever-growing world of mechanical animals. Engineering enthusiasts will be fascinated by this place, developed by artists François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice. It evokes both the imaginary, invented world of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci , and is a tribute...

Brand New Loire Valley’s Château of Azay-le-Rideau

Azay le Rideau last scaffolding
Located in Indre-et-Loire district is the château of Azay-le-Rideau, a castle built between 1518 and 1527, to protect the town of Chinon and surrounding area. In 1791 the ruins of the castle were purchased by Marquis Charles de Biencourt in the hope that he would restore the castle to its former glory. The family worked hard and added an English inspired garden to the grounds. Azay castle was finally restored and descendants of the Biencourt opened it to the public in 1850. In 1905 after having several owners, Azay-le-Rideau castle was purchased by the state and given protective and...

Cannes Festival 2017 - French Riviera's Main Event

Beautiful Claudia Cardinal
Quite possibly the most glamorous event on the planet, the Cannes Film Festival is the only thing you should be thinking about right now. Stunning dresses, impossible heels and snazzy suits are hitting the red carpet for the 70th edition of the festival, which will take place from the 17th-28th May this year. There will be laughter, there will be tears and there will be a whole load of movies for you to add to your watch list. So, what do you need to know about this year’s 11-day event? Let’s take a look... Who is on the panel of judges - "Le Jury"? The judging panel this...

Newly restored Gardens at Chambord Castle

The new Gardens in Chambord Castle, Loire Valley
Chambord Castle is located in the Loire Valley and has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. On March 20th 2017, the newly restored French gardens will open to the public for the first time. This exciting new addition to the castle grounds was based on original drawings and years of architectural and archeological research. The gardens occupy six and a half hectares on the north side of the castle, and there are more than 600 trees, 800 shrubs, 200 rosebushes and 15,250 plants along the border. This is the largest garden project...

The rejuvenated Eiffel Tower

The First Floor of the Eiffel Tower
A new thrilling glass floor at the first level of the Iron Lady Since yesterday (Monday October 6th), the Eiffel Tower – Paris’ most visited tourist site – unveiled its renovated First Floor allowing visitors to look down through a solid glass floor. To increase the frisson of walking on air still further, the glass safety barriers have been inclined outwards. Previously the first floor was the least visited part of the tower and this new floor should attract more people. The €30-million ($37.5-million) refit - which took two years - includes shops, restaurants and a museum...

Summer Festivals in France

Farmer market
In summertime, each and every city in France hosts a Festival: historical, shipping festival, with animals...there are a lot to choose from . Last Sunday we were in Richelieu city - the city built from scratch by the famous Cardinal of Richelieu. This famous personnage of the French history used to be the "Prime Minister" under Louis the 13th reign (17th century)....just before another famous Cardinal: Mazarin. We can't say that he reminds in the French's heart because he was uncompromising and fought for the absolut power...not really in line with the French democracy principles set up 150...

Shipping festival along the Loire River

Toues river boats in the Loire Valley
The season of the outside festivals starts in May in France! Last Sunday, was the Fête de la Batellerie in our home town of Langeais: nothing fancy but a very good time with our neighbors, friends, tourists & travelers. The local traditional water shipping association – that rebuilds the 16th century Loire river wood boats called “Toues” or “Toues cabanées” (when they have a roof) – was offering some free tours around Langeais bridge. Many people were dressed like in the 16th, 17th century. There can’t be a festival in the Loire Valley without eating the famous “Fouées” the bread we cook...

Colorful Provence - February 2014

Provence - February 2014 trip
I have been on the roads in Provence last week and I'd like to share some colorful pictures with you The Alpilles mountains in Souther Provence The Town of Eygalières Blossoming cherry trees...winter hasn't started yet ! Saint Remy de Provence Provence vineyards Les Baux de Provence perched village There's more to come ! Emilie

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