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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Saint-Omer Cathedral © A-S Flament

Notre Dame

The former Cathedral of Notre Dame is a

stunning, flamboyant 13th century Gothic

church and inside is even more impressive.

It houses the tomb of Saint Omer, medieval

funeral slabs, a several centuries old statue of

Christ and a collection of paintings including

The Descent from The Cross by Rubens. There

are several ornate marble side chapels inside

one of which hangs an RAF regimental flag, a

reminder that the aerodrome at Longuenesse

on the outskirts of Saint-Omer is the spiritual

home of the RAF, the successor to the Royal

Flying Corps who had their HQ here during

WWI. The Cathedral also houses a mindboggling

astronomical clock dating to 1588,

one of the oldest in France, and a vast 300

year-old 115-pipe organ, a listed historic

monument, which if you are lucky enough

to hear played, will leave you with a lasting

memory.

Saint-Omer Cathedral, to the left Louis XIV's doors under the astronomical clock

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