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WHILE WE WAIT...

 
We are all still patiently (or maybe impatiently) waiting to travel again – all of us at Atout France included! - and crossing our fingers that the situation improves enough for restrictions will be lifted sooner rather than later.
 
While we wait to go on holiday to France again, here are some French holiday memories for you to enjoy – from Provence’s lavender fields, the Loire Valley’s Château de Chambord and Normandy’s Mont-Saint-Michel, to the snow-capped Alps and the beaches of Brittany and the French Riviera: watch the video
 
For the French Government’s latest guidelines on tourism initiatives and plans, click here.
 
For the latest travel measures, advice and updates on how to travel to France, visit the French Embassy in the UK website.
 
All our transport partners are slowly getting ready to fire up the engines again and are working hard so we can travel responsibly and safely. For the health and safety measures that Air France is introducing to welcome back passengers, click here.
 
We all hope to #SeeYouSoon and continue to #ExploreFrance together!
 
The Atout France Press Team
 

Paris & Culture

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Yes, we know there have been a lot of virtual travel stories circulating and that you may groan at the thought of more, but do let us suggest just one more, from Paris with love! After all, who could possibly resist a virtual night out at the Opéra National de Paris or Philharmonie de Paris, or any of the city’s many museums? And should you miss all of the lovely Parisian neighbourhoods, go to the Paris website, scroll down and let locals take you on a virtual tour of a few.

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Brittany & Butter biscuits

Another strong lockdown trend has been snacking and baking. We have not been immune to it either, and here is one of our favourites cleverly combining the two, the Palets Bretons. These lovely buttery biscuits are ideal as an afternoon snack or to enjoy with a coffee. also known as Traou-Mad (which means ‘good things’ in Breton), these thick, golden biscuits are loved for their generous proportions and crunch. They’re also easy to make – try for yourselves!
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Check out the recipe here.

 

Burgundy & Secrets

One of France’s best-kept secrets is Nièvre, one of the lesser known départements in Burgundy. Crossed by the mighty River Loire, Nièvre’s landscape is punctuated by pretty towns and chateaus. It is also home to the Morvan Regional Nature Park and – it wouldn’t be France without a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the perfectly-restored Roman priory church of La Charité-sur-Loire, which is on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route. Last but definitely not least, Nièvre is home to Pouilly-Fumé white wine – need we say more?

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Provence & Panoramas

We started the lockdown in winter, but now it seems summer is here! How we wish we could spend it in the South of France, especially after our lovely partners down there sent us a little note that made us miss it even more! But to overcome this, we have a suggestion – crack open the rosé and immerse yourself in 360° panoramas of some of the region’s most beautiful sites, all while listening to the soothing sound of the cicadas (crickets) – it’s almost as good as being in Provence!
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Listen to Provence best natural spots and cigadas songs here

 

Normandy & Family Trees

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Little do most people know that that Walt Disney’s roots can be traced back to the small dairy town of Isigny-sur-Mer in Normandy, once home to the d’Isigny family, which was given land and lordships by none other than William the Conqueror. Upon emigrating to North America, descendants of this family went on to anglicise their name to ‘Disney’, something of which Disney must have been aware, for the lion crest on the gates of Disneyland is a subtle nod to his Norman ancestry. Why not follow in the Disney family’s footsteps and enjoy a stay at the former d’Isigny family chateau once it’s safe to travel again?

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