PEOPLE WHO HAVE VACATIONED IN FRANCE?
what was your most memorable moment there?
and where did you go?
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
I had an opportunity to visit the village of St. Émilion, in southwestern France during the summer of 2010. The history of Saint-Émilion goes so far back that not too much is known about the area's beginnings except that a religious figure named St. Émilion settled there in either the 8th or 9th Century AD. Some say he was a confessor; some say just a monk who wanted a quiet place to commune with God.
He built himself a hermitage, sort of a cave, in the limestone cliffs in the village now known as Saint-Émilion. The hermitage is closed to the general public unless you are with a guide, who gets the key from the caretakers. A few stairs lead down into the one-room hermitage. Water still flows from the spring near the entrance. His stone slab bed still remains, as does the chair he carved out of rock. A small white statue occupies a stone slab in the far right corner.
St. Émilion's hermitage is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, as are some of the surrounding buildings like the Collegiate Cloister, a chapel, the monolithic church, and the catacombs. All of these buildings are really amazing to see, especially the monolithic church that was built out of the limestone cliff. Not much remains in the church. Even the paint was scraped off the walls to use in gunpowder during the French Revolution. However, you can still see some faint outlines of where the paintings used to be, and it is still a magnificent building, full of history. You can also climb up the ramparts and take in beautiful views.
The village itself is also something to explore. Most of the activity is centered around the square near the entrance to the hermitage and the other UNESCO World Heritage sites. Quite a few shops, many selling wine, macarons, or canapés, and charming restaurants grab your attention along the way. It is easy to see how old the city is. Its streets are cobblestone, similar to those in much of Europe, but much older and very narrow. One street in the city is so steep that there is a metal hand rail in the middle.
A trip to Saint-Émilion combines well with a visit to Bordeaux, which is said to be one of France's "least French" cities. This is due to the fact that it was settled by the Romans in the 3rd Century BC and maintains many of the influences from the English rule from 1154-1453.
While the region is mostly known for its wine, there is much more to Bordeaux. The entire city has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site, mainly because of its classical and neoclassical architecture, which hasn't really changed in a couple of centuries. Of course, it doesn't hurt that three of its religious buildings are stops along the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage. Bordeaux boasts a 13th Century cathedral where King Louis XII was married. Be sure to take a walk near the river and see the Place de Bourse, a square built to honor King Louis XV. Hundreds of masquerades decorate the buildings in this area. The impressive last remaining city gates and many shops are also in this area.
- becsLv 610 years ago
I went all over the west coast and the south when I went to France. I even spent a day in Spain! I'd have to say my most memorable moment was when I went to Biarritz. It's right on the ocean and has such a beautiful beach. There was a lighthouse and a little island connected by a bridge. On the island were beautiful gardens. I stayed there until sunset when it all lit up. Very lovely place.
Second to that was probably Paris. Everything about Paris was amazing and awe-inspiring. I did all the usual touristy things but the best part of all was visiting the Art District. This is where people paint on the side of the street and sell their pretty trinkets in markets. Definitely go there in the evening when it is less busy and it is all lit up.
Third would probably be Cannes. Despite not being able to find public washrooms for miles, it's a lovely city. Shopping everywhere! I think I bought three pairs of shoes in just one store. Be careful though, it's expensive.
Some honorable mentions would include Toulouse (the pink city -- literally everything is pink), Versaille (where Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette lived), and Nice (similar to Cannes).Source(s): Vacationed in France, traveled all over :)
- Louise BilliconLv 410 years ago
Paris is an intriguing city. I went there last year for the first time (even though I'm French and I've lived in France for most of my life !)
The shopping is fascinating as is the food. Also all the monuments (Eiffel Tower) and Museums (Versailles & Louvres) are simply amazing to visit.
If you prefer beaches, go to Nice or Cannes : not only are there beaches, but the shopping, the restaurants, the bars, the cafes ... simply heaven.
A place where a lot of English speaking people live is Valbonne (in the South not far from Cannes) : beautiful place !!!
The south of France is the best for Summer :)
Toulon and Aix are great places for shopping too :)Source(s): I am French and I'm currently living in Toulon :)