France

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Lonely Planet, Sep 15, 2010 - Travel
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Lonely Planet France
Discover why the Eiffel Tower expands during Paris' high season
Tour the wild beaches and gin-clear waters of Corsica's Bouches de Bonifacio
Pick up a bottle of locally made cider along Normandy's Route de Cidre
Get an Alpine adrenaline rush heli-skiing above Chamonix
In This Guide:
Seven authors, 195 days of research, 157 maps, 105 glasses of wine
New color food chapter detailing regional specialties and country-wide staples
Interviews with a perfumer in Grasse, a Michelin star-awarded Lyonnais chef and a paraglider
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Contents

France Highlights
6
Destination France
17
Getting Started
18
Itineraries
21
History
29
The Culture
49
Frances Food Obsession
69
Food Drink
77
BELFORT
577
MÉTABIEF MONT DOR
578
PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DU HAUTJURA
579
Massif Central
581
CLERMONTFERRAND
582
NORTH OF CLERMONTFERRAND
588
PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DES VOLCANS DAUVERGNE
591
PUYDE DÔME AROUND
592

VIVE LA FRANCE
93
Environment
101
Paris
108
HISTORY
109
ORIENTATION
110
INFORMATION
111
DANGERS ANNOYANCES Crime
137
SIGHTS
138
ACTIVITIES
160
WALKING TOUR
161
PARIS FOR CHILDREN
162
TOURS
163
SLEEPING
165
EATING
176
DRINKING
188
SHOPPING
196
GETTING THERE AWAY
198
GETTING AROUND
199
Around Paris
205
LA DÉFENSE
206
STDENIS
208
DISNEYLAND RESORT PARIS
210
VERSAILLES
211
FONTAINEBLEAU
214
VAUXLEVICOMTE
217
SENLIS
220
Far Northern France
224
LILLE
226
CALAIS
235
STOMER
240
LA COUPOLE
241
CÔTE DOPALE
243
BOULOGNESURMER
244
LE TOUQUET
247
MONTREUILSURMER
248
ARRAS
249
BATTLE OF THE SOMME MEMORIALS
252
AMIENS
256
BEAUVAIS
259
COMPIÈGNE
260
LAON
262
Normandy
264
SEINEMARITIME
266
DIEPPE
271
CÔTE DALBÂTRE
273
LE HAVRE
275
EURE
277
CALVADOS
279
DDAY BEACHES
283
CAEN
288
TROUVILLE DEAUVILLE
292
HONFLEUR
295
MANCHE
299
COUTANCES
301
MONT STMICHEL
302
Brittany
306
NORTH COAST
309
DINARD
314
CANCALE
316
POINTE DU GROUIN
318
PAIMPOL
320
FINISTÈRE
321
ROSCOFF
322
MORLAIX
324
HUELGOAT
325
BREST
326
ÎLE DOUESSANT
327
PRESQUÎLE DE CROZON
329
QUIMPER
331
CONCARNEAU
335
MORBIHAN COAST
338
CARNAC
340
QUIBERON
342
VANNES
345
EASTERN CENTRAL BRITTANY
347
FORÊT DE PAIMPONT
348
RENNES
349
VITRÉ
353
Champagne
354
REIMS
355
AROUND REIMS
360
ÉPERNAY
361
TROYES
364
CÔTE DES BAR
369
Alsace Lorraine
371
ALSACE
372
STRASBOURG
374
ROUTE DU VIN DALSACE
387
COLMAR
393
MASSIF DES VOSGES
398
MULHOUSE
399
ÉCOMUSÉE DALSACE
400
NANCY
402
BACCARAT
406
METZ
407
FORT DU HACKENBERG
412
VERDUN BATTLEFIELDS
414
AMERICAN MEMORIALS
415
The Loire Valley
416
ORLÉANAIS
418
ORLÉANS TO SULLYSURLOIRE
422
LA SOLOGNE
423
BLOIS
424
CHÂTEAU DE CHAMBORD
429
CHÂTEAU DE CHEVERNY
430
CHÂTEAU DE BEAUREGARD
431
AROUND TOURS
436
AMBOISE
437
CHÂTEAU DE VILLANDRY
440
CHÂTEAU DAZAYLERIDEAU
441
CHÂTEAU DUSSÉ
442
CHINON
443
ANJOU
445
SAUMUR TROGLODYTE VALLEY
446
EAST OF SAUMUR
447
ANGERS
449
AROUND ANGERS
453
Burgundy
454
CÔTEDOR
457
CÔTE DOR VINEYARDS
465
BEAUNE
468
PAYS DAUXOIS
472
CHÂTILLONSURSEINE
473
YONNE
474
AROUND AUXERRE
478
AVALLON
482
VÉZELAY
485
AROUND VÉZELAY
487
MORVAN VISITORS CENTRE
488
CHÂTEAU DE SULLY
491
LE CREUSOT
492
NORTH OF CLUNY
494
Lyon the Rhône Valley
496
LYON
497
NORTH WEST OF LYON
517
STÉTIENNE
518
French Alps the Jura
522
SAVOY
526
CHAMONIX
527
MEGÈVE STGERVAIS
538
LES PORTES DU SOLEIL
539
THONONLESBAINS
540
ANNECY
541
AROUND ANNECY
546
AROUND CHAMBÉRY
550
LES TROIS VALLÉES
551
VAL DISÈRE
553
PARC NATIONAL DE LA VANOISE
555
DAUPHINÉ
556
AROUND GRENOBLE
563
BRIANÇON
566
THE JURA
570
AROUND BESANÇON Saline Royale
575
POLIGNY TO BAUMELESMESSIEURS
576
ORCIVAL
593
AROUND LE MONTDORE La Bourboule
596
MURAT
598
PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL LIVRADOIS FOREZ
599
LA CHAISEDIEU
600
AROUND LE PUYENVELAY Fortresse de Polignac
605
Limousin the Dordogne Quercy
606
LIMOUSIN
607
LIMOGES
609
WEST OF LIMOGES Rochechouart Chassenon
614
EAST OF LIMOGES Guéret Bourganeuf
615
SOUTH OF LIMOGES Solignac
616
BRIVELAGAILLARDE
618
EAST OF BRIVE
619
THE DORDOGNE
621
BRANTÔME
625
SARLATLACANÉDA
626
PREHISTORIC SITES THE VÉZÈRE VALLEY
630
MONPAZIER
637
BERGERAC
638
QUERCY
639
EAST OF CAHORS
644
WEST OF CAHORS
647
Atlantic Coast
649
UPPER ATLANTIC COAST
651
AROUND NANTES
658
AROUND POITIERS
660
LA ROCHELLE
661
ÎLE DERÉ
666
COGNAC
667
AROUND COGNAC
668
LOWER ATLANTIC COAST
669
THE MÉDOC
678
STÉMILION
679
ARCACHON
682
AROUND ARCACHON Dunedu Pilat
685
French Basque Country
687
BAYONNE
688
BIARRITZ
694
STJEAN DE LUZ CIBOURE
699
AROUND STJEAN DE LUZ La Rhune
704
AROUND STJEAN PIED DE PORT
707
The Pyrenees
708
THE TOWNS
709
LOURDES
715
AROUND LOURDES
720
VALLÉE DASPE
721
VALLÉE DOSSAU
725
CAUTERETS
727
VALLÉE DES GAVES AROUND
730
UPPER GARONNE VALLEY
731
VALLÉE DE LARIÈGE
732
Toulouse Area
734
TOULOUSE
735
CASTRES
749
MONTAUBAN
750
MOISSAC
751
CONDOM
754
AROUND CONDOM
756
LanguedocRoussillon
759
BASLANGUEDOC
760
AROUND NÎMES Perrier Plant
766
MONTPELLIER
769
AROUND MONTPELLIER
775
AGDE
776
CARCASSONNE
777
HAUTLANGUEDOC
782
AROUND MENDE
784
FLORAC
785
PARC NATUREL RÉGIONAL DES GRANDS CAUSSES
788
MILLAU
790
AROUND MILLAU Roquefort
793
ROUSSILLON
794
AROUND PERPIGNAN
798
TÊT VALLEY
800
CÔTE VERMEILLE
801
Provence
803
MARSEILLE REGION
805
ARLES THE CAMARGUE
826
THECAMARGUE
833
THE VAUCLUSE
836
AROUND AVIGNON
844
VAISONLAROMAINE
846
MONT VENTOUX
848
CARPENTRAS
849
FONTAINE DE VAUCLUSE
851
THE LUBERON
852
NORTHEASTERN PROVENCE
853
GORGES DU VERDON
854
DIGNELESBAINS
855
THE PROVENCE ALPS
857
Côte dAzur Monaco
859
NICE TO TOULON
861
ANTIBESJUANLESPINS
875
STPAUL DE VENCE AROUND
877
GRASSE
883
MASSIF DE LESTÉREL
885
STTROPEZ
887
STTROPEZ TO TOULON
890
TOULON
892
WEST OF TOULON Bandol
895
NICE TO MENTON
897
MENTON
898
MONACO PRINCIPAUTÉ DE MONACO
900
Corsica
906
BASTIA AREA
910
CAP CORSE
914
THE NORTH COAST
916
LA BALAGNE
917
PORTO TO AJACCIO
921
OTA ÉVISA
924
PIANA
925
CARGÈSE CARGHJESE
926
SARTÈNE SARTÈ
931
BONIFACIO BUNIFAZIU
932
CORTE AREA
936
AROUND CORTE
938
Directory
940
ACTIVITIES
943
BUSINESS HOURS
945
CLIMATE CHARTS
946
COURSES
947
DISCOUNT CARDS Camping Card International
948
EMBASSIES CONSULATES French Embassies Consulates
949
FESTIVALS EVENTS
950
GAY LESBIAN TRAVELLERS
951
INSURANCE
952
LOCAL GOVERNMENT
953
MONEY ATMs
955
SHOPPING
956
TIME
957
TRAVELLERS WITH DISABILITIES
958
VOLUNTEERING
959
WORK
960
Transport
961
LAND
963
SEA
965
GETTING AROUND
968
AIR
969
BOAT
970
CAR MOTORCYCLE
971
HITCHING
974
TOURS
975
Health
978
IN FRANCE
979
TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN
980
Language
981
Glossary
987
The Authors
989
Behind the Scenes
992
Index
997
MAP LEGEND
1012
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A British writer living on the southern (French) side of Lake Geneva in a house with lake and Jura mountain views, Nicola is well and truly spoilt...so much so that she only eats in places that cook up real McCoy lake fish (most comes from Eastern Europe) and if the sky is not blue she refuses to ski. A journalist by trade, she worked in the Baltic region as a newspaper features editor and later as In Your Pocket city-guide editor for several years before trading in Lithuanian cepelinai for Lyonnais andouillette in 1997. She has authored numerous titles for Lonely Planet, including first editions of The Loire, Provence & the Côte d'Azur and Languedoc-Roussillon.

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