Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside
the Seine River in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of
France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the
world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the
Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in Paris.
Lyon is the second largest city in France, located in the Rhone-Alpes
region, some 450 km south of Paris. Lyon is known as a
gastronomic city with a vibrant cultural scene. Lyon is between
two hills: the Fourvière and Croix-Rousse and between two
rivers: the turbulent Rhône and the tranquil Saône. Every evening more than 100 sites
are lit up to show the splendor of Lyon’s
everything that you could ever want to see on your holidays:
a great city like Paris, good beaches, more monuments than
any other country, lovely nature, incredible mountain
scenery; need I go on? Whether it's gastronomic greatness,
artistic endeavor or cultural cachet you're looking for,
there's no doubt that France still sits right at the top of
the European heap. France is the
country for which the word chic was invented - seductive and
aloof, old-fashioned and forward-looking, but always
characterized by a certain je ne sais quoi.
A good part of
our stay in France was spent in Paris - walking down to the
Notre Dame, taking in the scene of the revolution at the
Bastille, the world famous Champs Elysee bringing back
memories of the Joe Dassin classic, the climb up the Arc De
Triomphe and of course the piece de resistance - la Tour
Eiffel as the locals call it.
We also explored
the wonderful palace at Versaille and then took the TGV
train down to explore the countryside - the lights of Lyon,
the colored roof-tops of Dijon and Beaune.
Dijon in eastern France, is the ancient capital of the Burgundy
province. This architecturally rich city has a beautiful array
of wonderfully decorated buildings and houses. Beaune is the
heart of the Burgundy wine industry and is well known for the beautiful
multi colored tiled roof of the Hotel-Dieu.
Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France, is one of the largest
cities in Europe. Located in the north of the country on the
river Seine, Paris has the reputation of being the most
beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic
associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of
culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light
(la Ville Lumière), it is the most popular tourist destination
in the world.