Want a Perfect Relaxing Vacation? Cruise the French Waterway

River cruises on the waterway system of France offer an unparalleled window to the country’s cultural, historical and natural diversity. You can embark from any city that has access to the waterways – Paris or Lyon or others that you will discover as you tour France by river! The river cruise provides a relaxing atmosphere for travellers looking to enjoy their vacation. Whether you’re interested in experiencing French cuisine, sampling wine, exploring historical sites, visiting stunning villages or admiring beautiful landscapes, there is something for everyone aboard these river cruises! Cruising the waterways of France provides a host of benefits. From riverside bike rides to riverboat tours of idyllic villages, exploring France by river is pure pleasure. Whether you’re looking …

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Inside the New Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé

The grand exterior of Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé / ©Adam Lynk Picnicking on a blanket atop a grassy knoll shaded by trees, steps from a medieval wall, within sight of centuries-old, Greek-themed statues gifted by King Louis XV, guests at the newly opened Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé in France’s Loire Valley may lose perspective. So timeless are the rose and apple-blossom-scented gardens, so captivating the view of the white 18th-century Neoclassical masterpiece, so lullaby-like the serenade of geese on the lake, vacationers might imagine themselves blissfully lost in another century. The château was built beginning in 1760 by Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, a favored advisor to Louis XV, with no expense spared in order to embody the best design …

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Is This The Best Châteaux in France?

From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories to tell. DOMAINE DES ETANGS The immaculate 11th-century castle is set in 2,000 acres of pastures in a little-visited corner of the Charente between Limoges and Angoulême. Behind the honey-hued stone walls of this turreted 11th-century château lies one of France’s loveliest and most lavish places to stay. Owner Garance Primat treats the space like a gallery for her own private art collection; works by Matisse and Picasso sit alongside Tintin prints, framed insects and midcentury-modern furniture. There are 29 …

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