France

France Travel Guide

The island is monopolized by normal, regular French people of average means in the normal, regular business of being on holiday: riding bikes, picnicking, swimming (even though the water never averages more than 64 degrees), buying honey at the market, wearing out the plastic cafe furniture.

The Sun King’s palace at Versailles is so vast that three different ASTEL stations rent rowboats, bikes, and electric golf carts to visitors looking to explore the grounds.

Situated in the Eighth Arrondissement just off Avenue Montaigne, this tiny shop sells vintage haute couture from designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta, and Hermés.

As much an institution as the better-known La Coupole, Select, and Closerie des Lilas nearby, the cozy Rosebud hasn’t changed noticeably in the 50-odd years since Sartre used to come by for a drink.

With spiritual tourism on the rise, the sacred grotto of Lourdes is experiencing a revival. The sacred spring was discovered by 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 during one of her 18 visions of the Virgin Mary in a riverside grotto, is its most famous effluence.

An extraordinary museum Ricard founded as a "permanent encyclopedia" of wine and spirits.

Not for the culinary faint of heart, this 200-year-old kitchen supply store caters to serious cooks, home chefs, and foodies. Look for the hunter green façade close to Metro Les Halles and prepare for an abundance of copper pots and stainless steel gadgets.