France - Languedoc-Rousillion, Provence, Herault, Cote D'Azur
Collected by Claudia Dengler
Avenue des Alyscamps, 13200 Arles, France
The Alyscamps is home to one of the most famous sites of necropolises of the ancient world. Because Roman cities traditionally forbade burials within city limits, it was traditional for the roads immediately outside a city to be lined with tombs...
The Archeological Museum in Arles, is a wonderful place for families to learn about the ancient Roman city. While roaming around in the town, you will see the ruins of the amphitheater and the colosseum. In the museum you'll see models showing how...
6 Place de la République, 13200 Arles, France
The cathedral and cloister of the Église St. Trophime in Arles are truly a must for anyone who appreciates art history and sacred spaces. The buildings were classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, a project on the Worlds Monument Fund,...
16 Rue du Faubourg de la Saunerie, 34000 Montpellier, France
Planning a fromage pilgrimage? Make sure the tiny Crèmerie du Faubourg is on your list. Grab a wedge of the famous blue-veined Roquefort or the pélardons des Cévennes, a soft goat cheese. Owners Cécile Broquere and Nina Alaimo can also suggest...
14 Rue de l'École de Pharmacie, 34000 Montpellier, France
Local students are flocking to La Panacée, a splashy new art space in a former pharmacy school, for the mix of experimen- tal exhibitions (say, water calligraphy depicting the history of the toast) and lounges, including a café lit by neon tubes....
27 Rue de l'Aiguillerie, 34000 Montpellier, France
Imagine yourself among the French aristocracy while dining under Cellier Morel’s 13th-century stone ceilings. The food, however, is anything but archaic: dashi-stewed sea bass and an elevated aligot, a rustic blend of potato and tomme cheese. This...
2 Rue Saint-Come, 34000 Montpellier, France
Olivier Bardou sells his geometric jewelry plus global housewares (Finnish ceramics, Japanese water tubs) in De La Luce, a 500-year-old domed shop. Visit in the afternoon when the sun creates an ethereal glow, and you’ll understand the name: luce...
34500 Béziers, France
They call it an incredible feat of civil engineering. They say it is one of the longest canal systems in the world, the most spectacular man-made waterway. They inscribe it a World Heritage Site. But the Canal du Midi is a living work of art that...
34200 Sète, France
Sète is known as the Venice of France. Just like in Italy, there are canals and waterways that are maneuverable by boat and filled with industry, shops, and residents. A pedestrian-friendly city where we parked our car and were easily able to walk...
3 Rue Raymond Roger Trencavel, 11000 Carcassonne, France
With its medieval walls, the Cité de Carcassonne is among the most picturesque, and most crowded, sights in all of Europe. But when the sun sets and the tour buses leave, the stone-paved streets actually grow quiet; mid-week—even during the summer...
11000 Carcassonne, France
Maneuvering a family of five and their luggage through the Paris metro is not a feat for the faint of heart. No surprise then that we missed not one but two trains to Carcassonne and arrived there at nearly midnight rather than one in the...