From Provence to Auvergne, the Alps to the Pyrenees, from Lyon to Paris, the Tour de France cyclists compete against the backdrop of some of the loveliest scenery and cities in France. hiEurope visited some of these places. Check out our guide:
Nice – Great Departure
The world's favorite bike race started this year where the blue of the sky meets the blue of the Côte d'Azur: the Bay des Anges was the background and the Promenade des Anglais was the route. The city of Nice has more than just a great beach. There are fun events throughout the year, such as a two-week carnival, a music festival, and football parties on the promenade. It's worth a visit any time.
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Grasse - Perfume Capital
Grasse was not always known as the perfume capital, but now it is. In the Middle Ages, it was famous for its leather products. Today Grasse, a medieval Provencal town with cobblestone streets, has about 65 perfume workshops in operation. Visitors can visit three traditional perfume factories for free: Parfumerie Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard, learn how to extract essential oils from flowers and plants, and visit antique production equipment. In the Parfumerie Fragonard Museum, the 3000-year history of perfume is recorded, and various ancient perfumes are displayed, some of which come from ancient Egypt and China.
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The Provence Lavender Fields
The Provence looks like a huge ocean of lavender waves in the warm summer wind. French writer Jean Giono, who spent most of his life in the nearby city of Manosque, called lavender "the soul of Provence." During the Provence summer, fly over this lavender land by helicopter, and you will see tourists wearing wedding dresses in the lavender and sunflower fields.
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Historical City Lyon
A red sun rises over the ancient city called Old Lyon by local residents. In 1998, UNESCO listed the area as a world cultural heritage. Lyon is the best-preserved attraction in Europe after Venice. The Saint-Jean Cathedral, built between 1180 and 1480, is a miracle in architectural history. Lyon, which covers a small area, is rich in historical sites. Take the cable car from Saint-Jean Cathedral to Fourvière, the "Mountain of Prayer". The neo-Gothic cathedral built in the 19th century stands on the top of the hill and outlines the beautiful city skyline. The Roman Theatre is within easy reach, only a 5-minute walk.
The Most Beautiful Avenue - Champs-Elysées
The Champs Elysées, located on the central axis of the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, is the most glorious and prestigious street in Paris. The first half of the street is covered by dense trees, retro street lights and artistic newspaper kiosks. The century-old First Avenue on Earth adds a lot of style. This street has been a prime location for luxury brands since its birth. The LVMH headquarters and HSBC building occupies the center of the street. Nowadays, it is not only luxury brands, but also multi-brand shops of cutting-edge designers which continue to enrich this avenue.
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