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UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France

Inside notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
In this post, we're listing the UNESCO World Heritage sites in France that are located in the regions that we cover in our tours. The whole of France is famous for its many architectural and historical monuments, and we are happy to include some of these in our self-drive itineraries . Of the 1073 sites on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) list of World Heritage Sites , 43 are in France. It has the fourth largest number of historical sites in the world after Italy (53), China...

Basque Country Cuisine: from Peppers to Pintxos

Basque Country cuisine - Pintxos
French gastronomy has long reigned supreme on the world’s culinary stage. Fine wines, fresh baguettes and strong cheeses are just some of the gastronomic delights for which France is famed. But, what about the lesser-known Basque Country cuisine? This region, situated in the South of France and spilling over into Spain , has its own culinary offerings. Unique in many ways, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting dishes that can be found on the menus of the Basque Country . The Espelette Pepper (Piment d’Espelette) Have you ever visited a ...

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...

The Best Christmas Markets in France

Colmar at Christmas - Best Christmas markets in France - French Christmas markets
France is known for its heritage, culture, and traditions. The Christmas holiday period in France is no different with a large number of traditional events happening all over the country. One of the main Christmas traditions in France are the French Christmas markets. The majority of cities, towns, and even small villages hold traditional Christmas markets for locals and tourists to visit. The best Christmas markets in France are in the regions of Alsace and Provence . First, here's a bit about the history of the Christmas markets and how this links to the...

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...

20 Insider Tips for Traveling to France

Have you always wanted to travel to France but aren't sure where to even begin? France is home to some of the world's best art, most delicious food and wine, and beautiful landscapes, but in many cases, you need to go off the beaten path to experience them. It can be very hard to decide which sites to see when you're planning a trip to France, and where you should go to get the full, authentic French experience. If you book a tour with France Just For You , we will take care of everything. Our aim is to plan the perfect trip for you so that you can see the best of France through our eyes...

Paris Exhibitions You Can’t Miss This Summer

Picasso Primitif in Musée du Quai Branly - Paris
There are few cities in the world that can rival Paris when it comes to culture. Museums such as Le Louvre and Orsay , galleries and pop-up exhibitions can be found around every corner of this magnificent city – all of which have their own unique charm and appeal. From the famous Musée de l'Orangerie and Centre Pompidou to the lesser known halls of Musée Carnavalet or Maison La Roche, Paris has something for everyone. Even children or teenagers can join in the fun thanks to nice treasure hunts to the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay. But, with so much going on, it’s hard to decide which exhibitions...

Cannes Film Festival 2019 - French Riviera's Main Event

Cannes Film Festival 2019
When is the Cannes Film Festival 2019? In 2019, the Cannes Film Festival will take place from 14-25 May. One of the most glamorous events on the entertainment calendar, the biggest names in world cinema will once again congregate in the south of France for the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival 2019. 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") in 2019? Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu has been confirmed as President of the Jury for the 72nd Cannes...

Visit Lascaux, ‘the Sistine Chapel of Prehistory’

Lascaux 4 prehistoric site in Dordogne
On September 8th 1940, the world was at war and 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat was out walking his dog in a clearing in the region of Lascaux, Dordogne . Suddenly, his dog disappeared. Marcel starting calling out to him, and he eventually found him emerging from a hole in the ground that had been revealed by a tree that had fallen down the year before. Marcel tossed some stones down the hole and listened as they bounced and descended deeper and deeper into an apparent underground abyss. Curiouser and curiouser . Marcel had a feeling he had just stumbled upon something extraordinary...

Loire Valley International Garden Festival

What is a happy home without an equally happy garden to go with it? For many of us, our garden played a pivotal role in our childhood. It’s where our adventures took place, where our imagination was free to develop and where we learnt to value the great outdoors. Years on and gardens are no less important in our life, the only difference is that instead of falling out of trees, we are working out the best place to put a tomato plant. In 1992, the gardens of chateau Chaumont sur Loire opened up for the first ever International Garden Festival and was such a success that the...

10 typical French foods to try in France

French foods to try in France
When you think of French foods, you probably find that snails, frogs legs and crème brûlée are among the first things to come to mind. However, you’re probably not surprised to hear that the French do not eat snails every day! This article lists some of the delicious and appetizing French dishes that you may not have heard about, and that you should try while you are in France , along with some interesting background information about each dish. La Poule au Pot Poule au Pot , literally ‘chicken in the pot’, would be poached chicken or a chicken casserole in...

10 things to do in France on your wedding anniversary

what to do on your anniversary in France
As part of the service we offer to our travelers, we plan itineraries according to your personal interests and requests. Will you be celebrating a birthday or wedding anniversary in France? Tell us how you'd like to celebrate and we will make it a day to remember! Here are some ideas below, or contact us and we'll give you a list of ideas for romantic getaways to France - just for you! Paris is known throughout the world as being the world’s romantic capital, and understandably so. But the rest of France also has so much to offer: medieval villages, castles,...

The Legends of Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel
In this post we explore some of the myths and legends of the islet of Mont Saint Michel ! Are you just looking for general information about Mont Saint Michel? Then please visit our general page about Mont Saint Michel . Are you looking for tours of Mont Saint Michel ? Then please visit our Mont Saint Michel day tour page or our Normandy tours page . We can arrange guided tours of Mont Saint Michel which avoid the tourist crowds. Mont Saint Michel...

Tourte au Poulet - Chicken Pie

This is my grandmother's special chicken pie recipe. We love to eat it to warm up in the winter! We hope you enjoy it. Serves 8 people. Ingredients 1kg of chicken (entire chicken) 200g of chopped bacon 250g of small onions 1 glass of Port (fortified wine) 200g of black olives 200g of mushrooms salt, pepper and herbes de provence garlic, parsley To make the dough: 500g of flour 250g of butter 1.5 cups of water 1 teaspoon of curry powder Cut the chicken into pieces taking out the bones, marinate it with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic, onion, parsley and oil and leave for a few hours. This is the...

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...

Paris to Giverny: Monet’s Art to his Garden

Flowers reflecting in the waters in Monet s garden in Giverny
Cl aude Monet and Impressionism Claude Monet was one of the most famous and accomplished French artists of all time. In this article, we focus on two beautiful locations in France, Paris and Giverny in Normandy, where Monet spent most of his life. Many visitors to Paris will seek out Monet’s masterpieces as they tour some of the city’s beautiful art museums, without realizing that Monet’s gardens, arguably his greatest source of inspiration, are located just an hour outside of Paris in Giverny, Normandy. For this reason, we recommend a...

Nougat Glacé Dessert Recipe

Nougat Glacé
ingredients for 8 to 10 servings - 100 grams for nougatine (we don't make it, we buy it at the bakery - boulangerie - then crash it in small pieces) - 150 grams for candied fruits - 4 egg whites - 50 grams sugar - 75 grams of honey - 50 centiliter of liquid cream (crème fraiche) to make a home made whipped cream Prepare the whipped cream and put it on the fridge. Heat at medium level, the honey + sugar for about 5 minutes. Whip the egg-whites to a light mousse, then add slowly the mix of honey and sugar - then whip rapidely. In a bowl, mix the egg whites and the nougatine, candied fruits +...

Holiday Rentals in Ile de Ré

Ile de Ré rental with Swimming Pool
As we do not have the Ile de Ré in our scope, we rely on our friend Laurent – who is specialized in this beautiful region - to advise our travelers. It you plan to spend your next summer holiday on the island of Re, we strongly advise you to book your holiday rental as soon as possible, especially if you look for a villa with swimming pool in Ile de re . On the site My Home In, sixty villas with swimming pool are available for rent throughout the year. Considering the demand during the summer months, this is in fact very little considering the number of tourists looking for a quality holiday...

How to make the Best French Macaroons ?

French Macaroons
Contrary to the American Macaroons made of coconut…the French Macaroons are made of almonds. This pastry which is worldwide famous originates from North African and Middle Eastern countries – where traditionally pastries are made with almonds. In France, several cities claim to be the “city of Macaron”. One of the most famous is Montmorillon on the way between the Loire Valley and Bordeaux . What makes French macaroons so special is the crunchy of the meringue opposed to the creamy of the ganache filling…But it is quite difficult to get this perfect balance. These are some advice from...

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