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The Artistic and Historic Town of Sarlat, France

Like a fine bottle of Bordeaux wine or an exceptional gourmet dinner at a Michelin three-star restaurant, the picturesque town of Sarlat deserves to be enjoyed and savored slowly.

Visitors to this gem of a city should set aside enough time to take a leisurely stroll through its charming cobblestone streets, study the stunning architectural details of its medieval buildings or enjoy a delicious al fresco lunch in the town's lovely main square.

Sarlat, which is also sometimes referred to as Sarlat-la-Caneda, offers visitors a fascinating peek at the way France once appeared.

In some ways, visiting Sarlat is like taking a trip to the past without having to invest in a time machine. The carefully restored town has even been classified as a Ville d'Art et d'Histoire -- or in English, as an Artistic and Historic Town.

About Sarlat: Sarlat is also on the tentative list to be considered for a possible UNESCO World Heritage designation.

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Bastille Day in France, a Memorable and Entertaining Experience

The celebrations are massive, the national pride most evident and the smiles too many to count. Add the ooh and ahh factor of colorful fireworks blazing overhead and the pomp and circumstance of military parades and you have Bastille Day in France. This is one country that knows how to party, so why not indulge?

History of Bastille Day, or as they say in France, Le Fete Nationale is a celebration of freedom. Fed up with the monarchy, on July 14, 1789 residents of Paris stormed the fortress-prison, known as the Bastille. This is where those in power imprisoned others who dared speak out against the reigning monarchy. The idea was to set the prisoners free.

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Bike Tours in Paris

France is often referred to as Paris et al Province, which basically means that when you travel to France there is Paris, and then there is everything else. Similar to New York City, Paris is like an island in its own country.

A City Brought to Life
Paris is a full-sensory experience. There are cafes, outdoor markets, parks, side streets, hidden alcoves, and enough historic landmarks, museums and galleries to keep your travel itinerary hopping. While munching a chocolate croissant and ambling the cobbled streets might be something of a Parisian pastime, a holiday bike tour is a more convenient way to explore the city, and a professional tour guide will have the type of witty and insightful anecdotes that will bring a foreign city to life. If you're hungry for the sights and sounds of Paris, a bike tour is perfect.

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Discover the Many Treasures of Chateau de Chantilly

The Chateau de Chantilly, located about 30 minutes north of Paris, is actually two mansions--the Petit Chateau, which dates from the mid-16th century, and the Grand Chateau, which was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in the mid-19th century. Both structures as well as the grounds and adjacent art museum make a delightful diversion from fast-paced Parisian life.

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Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh travel to the Mediterranean

If you are planning on traveling to the Les Baux de Provence area of France, make sure to set aside time in your itinerary for the Carrieres de Lumieres multimedia show, which offers guests a truly unique sensory experience. Located in the middle of the Alpilles, this extraordinary show features paintings from great artists projected onto the walls, floors and ceilings of a huge cave. As you make your way through the different chambers of this former bauxite mine, accompanied by beautiful classical music, you will feel as if you have been totally immersed in these colorful projected artworks.

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