Paris abounds with cafés, bistros, and fine cuisine of all kinds; yet some things are best savored en région. Take sauerkraut in Alsace, for instance, or oysters on the coast. It’s hard to beat the authenticity. Luckily, a number of cities with delectable local specialties and notable chefs are less than two hours by train from the capital by TGV, or high-speed train. Pack your weekender or just go for the day and hop on the next train for a culinary adventure.
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If you’re conflicted about when to travel to France—why not plan your journey around a local event that suits your fancy? From music and dance to history and technology, there are many regional festivities all year long that showcase France’s cultural prowess, both traditional and modern. If you’re alighting in Paris, these cities are located under two hours from the capital by high-speed train. Here is a sampling of notable events worth traveling a bit further for.
Check out these recent and upcoming hotel openings in the following Top French Cities:
POITIERS – Hôtel restaurant au Château de Dissay (June 2018)
The magnificent, 15th-century Château de Dissay was built by Pierre d'Amboise, Bishop of Poitiers, and is rich in history. Today, having been purchased in 2015 by Christophe Bouvier, it is a five-star, 30-room hotel with a spa and two restaurants. Just 30 minutes north of Poitiers and an hour from Tours and the castles of the Loire, the château and its gardens are listed historic monuments.
In 1975, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) began compiling a World Heritage List of outstanding cultural or natural sites important to the heritage of humanity.
The third of three MoCo institutions and a major citywide art event are set to launch in this Top French City in the summer of 2019
Flight of the Pioneers and the Hall of the Machine are part of this Top French City's new Toulouse Aérospace district, which showcases civil aviation
The Amphitheater District of new buildings by renowned architects raises Metz' profile as a Top French City
Orléans and Tours, two Top French Cities, are scheduled to host numerous events
Nine French cities, including six Top French Cities, are set to host 52 matches between June 7 and July 7, 2019
The full museum, dedicated to the sea and seafarers, is set to open fully in this Top French City in May/June 2019