Best French Getaways (Outside of Paris!)
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.

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Christmas market in Lille

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Popped across the border into France over the weekend to hit the Christmas market. This is something that I have been doing every year for at least the past dozen years.

Every year they erect a very large ferris wheel and its usually a freezing cold trip in it, looking at the frozen city however this time the skies weren't exactly clear but visibility was excellent so it was a great photo-op.

The photo shows the main part of the market where the food and 'vin chaud' were served, and gifts sold.

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by Michael Adubato
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