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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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Palais de Cathédrale

Around the great Cathedral are beautiful

mansion houses including the Palais de la

Cathédrale at 12 Rue Henri Dupuis. Owner

Jean-Luc Montois has spent the last few

years restoring it to look as it did two hundred

years ago when it was lived in by a local

merchant. Although Jean-Luc lives there, he

has opened it to the public and to enter is

like stepping back in time, an extraordinary,

exquisite home that is filled with wonderful

treasures that he has collected for many

decades. It’s so extraordinary in fact, that

we’ll bring you a whole article about it in the

next issue of the magazine. Book a tour via

Saint-Omer tourist office

A sumptious Theatre

The locals affectionally call the exquisite

domed building which dominates the Place

du Marechal Foch - Le Moulin à café, the

coffee grinder. Completed in 1840 on the

site of the former 14th century Alderman’s

Hall, it became the Town Hall complete

with an opulent Italian-style theatre which

gave the local bigwigs bragging rights. The

theatre closed in 1973 and for 45 years was

hidden from sight. In 2018, after restoration,

it reopened to the public, complete with the

original stage machinery. In its day it attracted

some of the most well-known performers of

the time including Edith Piaf and Luis Mariano.

Under an ornate ceiling, the circular operastyle

theatre has three balconies and private

boxes. Book tickets via labacarolle.org

Ancient Library

From the outside, the municipal library in

Saint-Omer does little to tempt, a modern

building of the sort found in every town in

every country. But – go inside, head to the first

floor and discover the wood-panelled former

Jesuit Chapel library filled with thousands

of ancient books some of which date to the

Palais de la Cathedrale entrance

Shakespeare First folio © Y CADART

7th century. Their collection includes a first

volume Gutenberg Bible, less than 50 of the

original 180 copies thought to be printed have

survived. Not long ago, an eagle-eyed librarian

dusting the shelves spotted a Shakespeare first

Folio. Those two books alone are worth some

$50million.

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