Start your trip to France by learning more about one of the country’s most famous cultural contributions, its cuisine. From the morning’s first pain au chocolat to stops for croques monsieur and crepes as you explore, the country’s famous dishes will likely be high points of your day. But to truly gain an appreciation for French cuisine, Shelby can arrange a turn behind the stove at the original workshop of L’Atelier des Chefs, on Rue de Penthièvre in the 8th arrondissement. Courses include everything from French macarons to classic bistro fare. And once sated by your rich meal, a dip in the pool at the nearby Bristol is an ideal way to cap off the afternoon. The design of the indoor pool was inspired by classic yachts, complete with teak decking, and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out across the city with views of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur basilica.