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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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The 467-acre 150 room hotel opened in 1909

in honour of King Edward VII who died before

he could schmooze there and blag some luxury.

The hotel was allowed to keep its royal status.

The Jean-Albert Hebrard-designed “white

steam ship anchored in the hills” sits above Lac

Leman. One of the first spa palace hotels, the

hotel has always been a magnet for the rich

and famous. The spa’s relaxation lounge is the

Aga Khan III’s old apartment. They still have

the original chandelier in storage. The Royal

was the holiday choice for sultans, maharajahs,

shahs, and other royalty as well as celebrities

and statesmen. Just 45 minutes from Les

Portes du Soleil, Europe’s largest ski area, it

hosted the 2003 G8 summit.

Frankenstein’s monster would never have

made a spa therapist. But he could have been

mistaken for a customer. Or health tourist.

He had the gait of one. Frankenstein walked

like he had a metabolic disorder or a urinary

ailment. Or maybe he was just getting used to

the very scanty, hardly-there and rather tight

briefs the spa staff make you wear.

By Kevin Pllley and Janine Marsh

Website: Evian Tourist Office

tourism.evian-tourisme.com

Top: © Evian Ville

Bottom: Lake © P.Leroy.Semaphor

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