Les sites inoubliables
Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell in the Clock Tower at the Palace of Westminster (or Houses of Parliament) seat of the British government in London. The bell weighs in at 13.5 tonnes.
The Eiffel Tower is Paris's iconic iron-lattice tower, a feat of engineering from the late 19th century, reaching 324 metres in height. It rises above the banks of the Seine and the Champ-de-Mars Park.
Paris has developed in amazing fashion over the past 2,000 years, radiating out from its heart, the Ile de la Cité island on the Seine. Great monuments you can visit reflect its two millennia of history, going from the Roman Arènes de Lutèce to the new, contemporary François Mitterrand National Library.
Saint-Denis's massive medieval basilica is regarded as the first monumental masterpiece of Gothic architecture. The building, part of a major former monastery, now sits in the heart of a very lively, very ethnically diverse town.
The Stade de France is the largest stadium in the country. It was originally built for France's hosting of the FIFA Football World Cup in 1998. It can hold a capacity crowd of 81,338. It stands out for its extraordinary roof, floating 46 meters above the pitch.
This charming village strung along the River Oise is widely known for having inspired many landscape and Impressionist painters, from Daubigny to Cézanne and Van Gogh.
Chantilly is a relatively new town. It developed in the 18th century, around its château. This magnificent castle contains the Musée Condé, a splendid art museum, and is surrounded by remarkable water gardens laid out by the famed 17th-century designer, André Le Nôtre.
The Royal Abbey du Moncel, founded in 1309, and Royaumont Abbey, the largest Cistercian abbey in the Ile-de-France region around Paris, are gems to discover by the Oise.
Back in Roman times, the city of Beauvais's predecessor was named Caesaromagus, or 'Caesar's Market'. Beauvais developed in the Middle Ages as a major textile-making centre and splendid monuments were built in the town.
The great painter Claude Monet set up home at Giverny close to the Seine in 1883. Passionate about gardening, down the years, he created extaordinary gardens below the house and they famously inspired his painting.
Located at the frontier between the Vexin Normand and Vexin Français areas, the stronghold town of Gisors featured large in the power struggles between the dukes of Normandy and the kings of France in medieval times.