France is the center suprême of lavish culture, cuisine, fashion, and art. The Louvre and Versailles are the grand landmarks of French legacy. At the Louvre, you will be in the presence of Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory…. Versailles is truly a lavish palace of sumptuous magnificence with its Hall of Mirrors and its formal gardens. Some of the most beautiful cathedrals are located in France – the high gothic-styled Chartres Cathedral with its arching stone wings; the operatic immensity of Notre Dame and its incredible tales of royal coronations and requiems; and the Amiens Cathedral with deep portals of magnificent stained glass.
The most magical setting in France is Mont Saint Michel, a tiny island of narrow winding streets cloistered with lovely chapels, gardens, shrines, and fortressed stone walls leading up to the crowning Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. During high tide season, the islet floats like an ocean vision, beatific and serene.