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France
2012
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                                                        France
2012
by Alison Culliford, Joe Ray, Tristan Rutherford,
Margie Rynn, Caroline Sieg, and Amelia Smith
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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: Horseback riding in the Camargue © Matthieu Colin.
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 CONTENTS
List of Maps
ix
1
THE BEST OF FRANCE
1
The Best Travel Experiences
2
The Best Romantic Escapes 4
The Best Driving Tours 5
The Best Châteaux & Palaces 7
The Best Museums 9
The Best Cathedrals 10
The Best Vineyards & Wineries 11
The Best Luxury Hotels 12
The Best Affordable Hotels 14
The Best Historic Places to Stay 15
The Best Upscale Restaurants 16
The Best Affordable
Restuarants 18
2
FRANCE IN DEPTH
19
France Today 20
The Making of France 24
Art & Architecture 35
France in Popular Culture 41
Eating & Drinking in France 48
When to Go 54
FRANCE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
54
Tours 58
3
SUGGESTED ITINERARIES
61
THE REGIONS IN BRIEF
62
France in 1 Week 67
France in 2 Weeks 70
France for Families 73
A Wine Lover’s Tour of
Burgundy 76
4
PARIS
80
Orientation 81
NEIGHBORHOODS IN BRIEF
84
Exploring Paris 91
Where to Eat 136
The Top Cafes 162
Shopping in Paris 165
Entertainment & Nightlife 184
Where to Stay 193
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