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Bordeaux Coronavirus Covid-19 alert

Located in south-western France, Bordeaux is famous for its namesake wine. Half the city has been declared a World Heritage Site, while most visitors also see it as a gateway to the surrounding wineries and chateaus. Bordeaux welcomed the new millennium with major face-lift, which included pedestrianizing several central streets and extensive renovation of its lovely neo-classical buildings. A college city, it features a vast variety of lively cafes, restaurants and bars.

Getting around

Bordeaux features an efficient public transport network, which consists of three tram lines and several bus routes. Single tickets are valid for only one journey with no transferring lines. The tram operates from 5am to 1am. Night buses, which serve the popular entertainment districts, are available during the weekends. Taxis are relatively easy to find on the street.

Bordeaux’s Museums and Galleries

Although a medium-sized city, Bordeaux has its fair share in interesting museums and galleries. Centrally located, Musée d’Aquitaine houses an outstanding collection of artefacts and relics from the area’s ancient history, as well as a few art crafts from former French colonies in Africa and Oceania.

Occupying two lovely 18th-century buildings in Mairie Gardens, one by each side of Bordeaux’s Town Hall, the Museum of Fine Arts houses artworks from the 16th to the 20th centuries. From Delacroix to Picasso, a fascinating painting collection is complemented by beautiful sculpture and drawing displays. Guided tours of the museum are organised on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

For modern and contemporary art, head to CAPC (museum of contemporary art). Housed in a former 18th-century warehouse, CAPC features a permanent collection of more than 1,000 art pieces, many of which have been obtained by temporary exhibitions the museum hosted the previous years.

The city’s small, but historic, Museum of Natural History is closed for restoration and will open its gates again in 2015.

Other attractions in Bordeaux

Rooting back to 6th century, Basilica Saint-Seurin is an imposing landmark of the city. Built in a fusion of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, it features an adjoined 15th-century chapel and an ancient crypt. The crypt houses some fascinating sarcophagi from twelve centuries ago, decorated in superb Merovingian design.

Visitors flock St Andre Cathedral, not so much for the medieval church itself, but to take a look at its attached steeple. To avoid any negative effects from the vibrations of the jingling bell, a separate Gothic tower (Tour Pay-Berland) was built to house it. Today tourists climb up Tour Pay-Berland to enjoy some panoramic views of the area.

Initially established and developed by the Celtics, the city of Bordeaux really thrived during Roman Era. Unfortunately not much is left from its glorious ancient past, except from some fascinating findings exhibited in Musée d’Aquitaine. However, the remains of a Roman amphitheatre still stand near the Public Garden. Known as Palais Gallien, the site houses some of the 3rd-century amphitheatre’s sidewalls. Visitors are welcome to walk around the ruins.

Around Bordeaux

It would be a real shame to visit Bordeaux and not take a day tour to the nearby chateaus for some delicious wine-tasting. Located in Martillac, Chateau Smith Haut Laffite is one of the grandest and most historic chateaus in the area. Standing in a huge vineyard, it occupies a 16th-century building and features a 1,000-barrel cellar. The chateau organises guided tours of its facilities, which include wine-tasting.

Close to Chateau Smith Haut Laffite, you will find the outstanding Spa de Vinothérapie Caudalie, which offers original treatments based on different types of wine. Relax with a red-wine bath, or pamper yourself with a wine-scrub, and leave totally relaxed and refreshed!

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Marseille Coronavirus alert Covid-19

Spreading along the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern France, Marseille has been a multicultural melting pot for hundreds of years. Due to its key location, Greek, Italian, North African and Corsican immigrants have seen it as the main gateway to France through the centuries. Today the city’s heritage includes elements from several cultures, which are captured in the local cuisine, music scene and its many colourful festivals throughout the year.

Featuring a picturesque waterfront and scenic old town, Marseille is France’s second most popular tourist destination after the capital. Visitors flock to take glimpse of Mediterranean lifestyle, visit the brand new Museum of European and Mediterranean civilizations and taste delicious local dishes, such as Bouillabaisse (fish soup).

Getting around

Marseille’s metro only features two lines, but an efficient bus network complements the city’s public transport system. The same ticket can be used in both buses and the metro and it is valid for one hour. Day bus routes and the metro stop operating at 9pm, but night buses are available, while all metro stations are served by special buses from 9.25pm to 12.30am. Taxis are easy to find.

Things to see and do in Marseille

Before you start extensive sight hopping, take some time to stroll around some of the city’s most charming areas. Begin with Vieil Aix, where you can walk down lovely narrow lanes, pass by Renaissance mansions and enjoy a cup of fresh hot coffee at one of the many lively cafes.

Cours Julien is decorated by colourful graffiti and houses several interesting open markets, from Flower Market on Wednesday to Old Book Market on Sunday. International eateries and street artists are scattered all around the area. Le Panier, on the other hand, is a hilly scenic neighbourhood occupied by artisan shops and beautiful buildings.

Built in 19th century, Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde stands on the city’s finest view point, from which you can have a bird’s eye view of Marseille’s lovely terracotta roofs. Featuring Romano-Byzantine architecture, it is decorated with fascinating mosaics and colourful frescos.

Also dating back to 19th century, Palais de Longchamp was constructed to celebrate the completion of Marseille’s water system. Featuring grand fountains and surrounded by the namesakes park, it is a popular pick-nick destination for Marseillais. Beaux Arts Museum is housed in Palais de Longchamp.

Freshly opened in 2013, Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations occupies a contemporary building near the port. Its collections include artefacts from different time periods, all focusing on European heritage. If you are interested in different cultures you can also pay a visit to the Museum of African, Pacific and Indian Civilizations. The museum occupies a part of Centre de la Vieille Charité, which also houses the Mediterranean Archaeological Museum.

A great example of urban cultural centre, La Friche La Belle de Mai is a former tobacco factory turned into a fascinating artistic complex. Featuring exhibition spaces, concert halls, studios and skateboard ramps, the complex hosts all kinds of cultural events, from contemporary art exhibitions to Dj sets.

If the weather is nice take the ferry from Vieux Port to get to nearby If Islet. The tiny island is occupied by a 16th-century fort, which was the setting of Dumas’ famous novel “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Once a defensive fortification, the construction was later turned into a prison for political enemies of the French state during 19th century. Today you can explore parts of the fortress and discover the secrets of its dark history. The ferry ride is about 20 minutes long and 15 daily routes are available during high season.

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Savoie Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes French Alps

Savoie is in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in southeastern France.

Cities

  • Aix-les-Bains
  • Savoie – 1992 Winter Olympic
  • Bozel
  • Chambéry
  • Les Arcs
  • Meribel
  • Val-d’Isère
  • Tignes

Other destinations

  • Courchevel
  • Les Trois Vallées

Get around

Chambéry Airport offers a multilingual travel service for visitors. Private taxis with drivers fluent in English, German and Spanish are available.

See

Do

Savoie is best known as one of the best places in France for Downhill snowsports in the winter time. There are numerous resorts within short driving distance from Chambery Airport. Espace Killy is a ski area in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie in the French Alps, named after the skier Jean-Claude Killy. It covers the resorts of Val-d’Isère and Tignes. There are 300 km of pistes: 22 green runs, 61 blues, 46 reds and 25 blacks, plus 44 km of cross country skiing, 2 terrain parks and 2 glaciers. The STGM company operates 90 ski lifts in the area.

Drink

The main wine appellations in the area are Vin de Savoie, Vin de Savoie Mousseux, crépy Roussette de Savoie, and seyssel. Vin de Savoie, the area’s main appellation, is for dry wines-white, red, and rosé. The grapes for red wines are gamay, mondeuse and pinot noir. Many wine aficionados prefer the Mondeuse-based wines. White wines make up 75 percent of the production. They’re made primarily from jacquère but aligoté, altesse, chardonnay and chasselas are also used. The Vin de Savoie Mousseux AC is for sparkling wines made from Altesse, Molette, and Chardonnay.

Go next

Neighbouring departments:

  • Greater Lyon
  • Isère
  • Haute-Savoie

Cross-border:

  • Piedmont region of Italy

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Peillon Coronavirus Covid-19 Update – Cases Quarantine Deaths Stats Alpes-Maritimes Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Peillon is a small hilltop village in Alpes-Maritimes‎ , Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France.

Understand

Perched on top of a small hill at an altitude of 400 metres, Peillon is a picturesque village with around one hundred permanent residents. The village is completely pedestrianised, with cobbled alleyways, steep narrow steps and spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. There are no shops (food or souvenirs) at all in the village. Peillon commune (1,482 inhabitants as of 2020) also includes Sainte-Thècle in the valley below.

Get in

By car

Peillon is easily reached by car (20 minutes from Nice, 30 minutes from Monaco), although parking close to the village might be a problem in high season.

By train

From Nice (Nice Ville or Nice Pont Michel), take the train heading towards Tende and get off at Peillon-Sainte-Thècle. The station lies in Sainte-Thècle. From here, it’s 4 kilometres to the village, with a altitude difference of around 200 metres, so walking upwards can be a strain. You can either follow the road and hope to hitch a ride up, or choose the path up through the forest. Downhill is easier and takes around 30-40 minutes.

By foot

From Monaco, it’s possible to hike the R161 of the Via Alpina via La Turbie to end up in Peillon. The hike is around 13.5 km with lots of ups and downs. Estimated time from Peillon to Monaco (which is at a much lower altitude) is 2h50min.

Get around

The village is very small and walking around it takes a few minutes. It is absolutely not wheelchair accessible.

See

The Chapel of Penitents-Blancs contains 15th century frescoes by Jean Canavesio. The village is in itself an attraction, and the view from the village is very spectacular.

Do

There are possibilities to hike around in the area.

Buy

Nothing. Shops are not allowed in the village.

Eat

Auberge de la Madone is a Provençal restaurant just outside the village. It’s in the Guide Michelin, and supper prices range from €20-25 for the meal of the day up to prix fixe menus (drinks not included) for €40-65 (April 2020).

Drink

The Auberge is also the only place to drink. The wine starts at €28 for a bottle, €8 for a glass (April 2020).

Where to stay in Peillon

Again, Auberge de la Madone, the only hotel close by. The rates starts at €100, although cheaper deals may be found in low season (April 2019).

Go next

Nice and Monaco are obvious places to go next.

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