It may be hard to imagine feeling the necessity to skip town when the capital has so much to offer. But to really understand France - its people, culture, values and storied past - you'll need to reach beyond the well-heeled streets of Paris. Some of these spots make ideal day trips from the city while others deserve your undivided attention. All are picture- perfect so keep your cameras handy.

Les Halles Market, Dijon, France
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Dijon, France: More than Mustard

If the ironwork throughout the Les Halles covered market in Dijon, France, reminds you of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there is good reason. Gustave Eiffel, a native son of Dijon, designed the market in the 19th century. One of France’s largest and best-known markets, Les Halles comes to life every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an incredible selection of meats, candies, cheeses and, of course, fruits and vegetables along with ready-to-eat pastries . This aerial shot was taken from a landing accessible by vendors. Brush up on your French so you can ask to get this bird’s eye view of an incredible French experience.

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Les Halles Market

2 Rue Claude Ramey
Dijon, France
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  • Phone:
    +33 3 80 50 05 88
  • Hours:
    Sun 12pm - 2:30pm
    Sun - Thur 7pm - 11pm
    Mon - Fri 12pm - 2pm
    Fri, Sat 7pm - 12am
    Sat 12pm - 2:15pm