California Coast RV Road Trip

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Riding the Rails with a France Rail Pass

Ahhh…France! The very name is synonymous with culture, art, wine, and of course…baguettes. Thing is, there’s a lot to see in this country of 65 million. So if you want to see it all (or at least a large chunk of it) you need to have a plan. If you’re a non-European resident, the France Rail Pass is great idea to get around the country in style while still keeping an eye on your budget.

For your consideration, here are some of the highlights you can see along the way:

Paris

The Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Elysées are a given when you visit Paris, but how about checking out some lesser known sites while you are there as well? Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris, and its gothic tombs hold the remains of such notables as Molière, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison. The Catacombs of Paris is an underground ossuary housing the bones of some six million souls in a series of creepy, windy caverns. If those are both just a little too gloomy for you, then check out Mickey and the gang getting the French treatment at Disneyland Paris located just on the outskirts of the city.

Nice

At the centre of the French Riviera, Nice offers everything you’d want in a city, but with a beautiful (albeit pebbly) stretch of beach. The main attraction here is relaxation, but if you’re game for culture, there’s plenty of that to be had as well. Check out the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain or the free Galerie Jean Renoir for starters. The Musée Matisse, located in a stunning 17th-century villa, is home to many of the artist’s paintings and personal belongings.

Lyon

Blessed with impossibly beautiful cathedrals, world-class shopping, and up to its teeth in culture, Lyon is also home to something you’d not expect to see smack dab in the middle of France – Roman ruins. The Theatres Romains de Fourviere are a must-see if you like your ruins well-preserved and photogenic. And if you’re lucky, you may even catch a summer concert. Diana Krall and Santana are among some of the performers who’ve recently played at this unique venue.

 

 

What Makes A Ski Holiday Luxurious?

Colorful ski scene in Aspen, Colorado

The idea of a ski holiday has long carried the additional idea of a little bit of extra luxury, having many connotations of living the high life. Perhaps this is because in the past it was the reserve of royalty or the rich and famous, and indeed many popular resorts still remain firm favourites with some of the more well-heeled members of society.

Defying the elements to enjoy the clean mountain air and spectacular mountain landscapes at some of the most exclusive resorts in the world means that ski holidays can provide memories to last a lifetime. But for those that want to take the luxury to the next level, there are many other aspects which can make this happen.

Obviously, great-on piste facilities are a basic requirement to make sure your skiing experience is as safe as possible, and all the major top-class modern resorts will provide a range of slopes and training areas for all skill levels.

ski holiday in the Carpathians

Equipment can vary greatly, not only for functionality and added safety but for comfort and style as well. It can be an expensive outlay to own all the necessary gear, so the overall packages for all good luxury ski holidays will give you access to the very best kit that you could wish for.

Apart from the resorts themselves, the type of accommodation you can expect from a top class ski holiday can come in many different shapes and sizes. From world-class five star hotels, through to modern, contemporary-styled luxury ski chalets with individual character, there is something for all tastes.

luxury ski chalets in Zermatt, Switzerland

A typical luxury chalet will offer daily housekeeping, a hot tub which is often complete with sauna and steam room, as well as mod-cons such as free Wi-Fi connections and cable or satellite TV. Arrangements for families can include such bonuses as professional private childcare available through the services of qualified English nannies.

Travel arrangements can often be chaotic, but for a true five-star experience you will expect airport transfers in private transportation and private shuttle services at the resort itself to take you to the slopes and ski training sessions.

With details such as lift-passes and on-piste clearances taken care of, all good top of the range ski holidays will also include the services of qualified ski teachers.

Skiing in Mageve, France

Luxury skiing holidays are often centred around resorts such as Megeve in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France, where top quality, Michelin star level cuisine is the norm, as is the high class nightlife.

A resort which sets its sights on the more refined, luxury-level holidaymaker will pride itself on being very cosmopolitan, with designer boutiques and high-end shopping outlets offering a high class, daytime off-piste experience.

Top Cultural Attractions in Paris

The Louvre Pyramid, Paris France

Paris is a Mecca for culture vultures. If art, history and architecture are your thing then a visit to Paris is a must. Whether part of a tour of France or just a quick city break, it’s so accessible from the UK; and it’s cheap to get there too. You can jump on the ferry, grab a cheap flight or relax on the Eurostar and you’ll be there in no time. Just grab your travel money, sort out your holiday travel insurance and you’ll be ready to enjoy all the cultural offerings this great city holds.

The Louvre

Parisian culture focuses so much on art and museums, with the Louvre being the jewel in the crown. Visitors can enjoy the mix of modern and classic architecture before entering the body of the most famous cultural attractions anywhere in the world. Home to many of the most well known works of art, tourists flock to see the Mona Lisa. Make sure you visit the world’s most iconic woman, but don’t limit your trip to just that. Exploring the treasures in the Louvre can be the most satisfying trip for art lovers.

Notre Dame

Interior of Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France

You may know the hunchback legend, but Notre Dame is also renowned for its stunning stained glass. The breathtaking Gothic cathedral is a masterpiece of French architecture and one of the most visited cultural attractions in Paris.

The Pompidou Centre

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris France

The Centre Georges Pompidou is considered by many to be the cultural pulse of Paris. The modern art museum and cultural centre was opened in 1977 to honour president Georges Pompidou. The centre has a unique skeletal design which is said to represent bones and blood vessels. You’ll either love it or hate it. Some view it as a masterpiece of architecture while some Parisians view it as a monstrosity. An argument aside on the actual building what simply isn’t up for debate is the wondrous collection seen in the Museum of Modern Art.

Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University, Paris France cultural attractions

The Sorbonne University was founded in 1257 and is one of Europe’s oldest universities. It has been home to many great thinkers including Rene Descartes, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. For cultural enthusiast it’s truly a wonder to be on the site where many of these great thinkers developed their ideas. For those looking for a little relaxation away from the really bustling tourist areas in the city, a drink on the terrace is a pleasant experience, as is exploring the winding streets of the Latin Quarter found just behind.