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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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ockets. Today it is a fascinating and

haunting historical and scientific museum.

You get goosebumps when you walk into

the chilly and chilling 20 metre high tunnels

where the V2 rockets were prepared for

launch. This former bunker is also the home

of the most advanced planetarium in the

world. With a unique 15m wide screen with

10K resolution, the seats are interactive with

audience response technology and the 3D

films (D-Day Normandy, 1944; Explore and

Voyager which make you feel as if you’re

in space with astronauts) are nothing short

of utterly incredible. I promise you I gasped

out loud and ducked when rocks from Mars

came hurtling towards my head!

lacouple-france.com

Vintage train ride: in nearby Arques, hop on

a steam train or vintage train and explore

the gorgeous countryside in style on the Aa

Valley tourist railway. cftva62.com

Day at the seaside: Saint-Omer is around

one hour from the glorious beaches of

the Opal Coast including Wimereux with

its Belle Epoque villas, Audresselles an

authentic little fishing village and historic

Boulogne-sur-Mer.

Where to eat

Traditional: La Baguernette on the edge of

the marshes, and next to the embarkation

point for a boat trip. Their speciality is suckling

pig cooked in milk for eight hours in a woodfired

oven. They also serve local favourite beer

tart, utterly irresistible. labaguernette.fr/en

Upmarket: La Bacôve, opened by Top Chef

winner Camille Delcroix. Refined, innovative

and seriously scrumptious food in a beautiful

setting. You can expect something with

cauliflower on the menu soon as the chef

will in 2022 be inducted into the Saint-Omer

Confrérie du Chou Fleur (Brotherhood of

Cauliflower). restaurant-bacove.com

Tourist office: tourisme-saintomer.com

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