Since the start of the new millennium, France is seeing an explosion of contemporary architectural brilliance from some of the world’s greatest structural and landscape artists. They have conceived a new crop of outstanding museums that go beyond their historic role as custodian of the cultural and artistic heritage of the country to become works of arts onto themselves.
The National Center for Stage Costume is the first institution in France to be entirely dedicated to the preservation, study and display of a unique collection of stage costume and scenography spanning the past two centuries.
From Phoenician shipping settlement to Roman trading center to Medieval Cathar stronghold, the Beziers-Adge area of the Mediterranean coastal plain of the Languedoc is bursting with remains of its rich and varied history.
The first Roman road built in Gaul, Via Domitia left along its route through the Languedoc coastal plain a wealth of ancient treasures to be discovered at leisure.
Considered the most Roman city outside of Italy, the southern French city of Nîmes is a showcase of some of the best preserved vestiges of the Roman Empire to be found anywhere.
Summering in Provence – Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Foundation. From Manet to Picasso: The Thannhauser Collection at the Hôtel de Caumont-Art Center.
With their Belle Epoque, 1900’s décor, French comfort food at thrifty prices, “Bouillon” restaurants are once again popular in Paris. Proof? Chartier, a pioneer of the concept, is resuscitating one of its original Left Bank venues right in the heart of Montparnasse.
In Bordeaux, the city at very heart of one of the oldest and most revered winemaking regions in the world, the recently opened Cité du Vin takes visitors on a journey of discovery of the varied vineyards and wine cultures on the planet.
The Musée d’Orsay presents a first-ever exhibition of Picasso’s early Blue and Pink periods. Organized as a continuum, it reveals the early creative identity of this towering figure of 20th century art world.
A charity hospital foundation from the Middle Ages, the Hospices de Beaune complex is one of the finest examples of medieval civil architecture in France. Its flamboyant Gothic buildings, polychrome roofs and rich art collection make this museum one of Burgundy’s gems.
Burgundy has been a crossroad of trade routes and a center of civilization since Celtic tribes dominated Europe throughout the first millennium B.C. From Gallic vestiges to medieval monasteries, the proud history of the region is written in its remarkable archeological sites.
Long before its wines made it world-famous, Burgundy, with Dijon as its capital, was an area of intense human activity. A crossroad of Celtic trade routes, the city is an ideal departure point to explore the rich archeological heritage of the region.
Known to the French as La Ville Rose after the distinctive pink brick used to construct its historic center, Toulouse is all too often overlooked by visitors. Those who do visit, however, are rewarded with the elegance of its architecture, its superb local food and the welcoming, laidback attitude of the Toulousains.
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