The Melting Tips! – Newsletter #8

Here are some tips that can help you to decide where to go for the next few weeks, France is full of treasure, feel free to discover some … 😊

NICE

Best means of transport : by plane (1h20)

Nice is a wonderful place to visit. Situated on the French Riviera, it has everything you need for a great time – stunning beaches, sensational bars and restaurants, amazing views, and wonderful culture. Here are some reasons to visit this city during the next weeks.

The beaches

Nice has a wonderful selection of public and private beaches. Either head to the public beaches of La Réserve, Coco Beach or Villefranche-sur-Mer along the coast. If you want to lounge around in style, however, head to one of the private beaches where you can order your drink of choice while you recline on a wonderful sun lounger close to the beach.

The Panoramic views 

There are a couple of places in Nice where you can get some amazing views of the city and the surrounding countryside. Head to Castle Hill in town, where – after climbing the stairs (or taking the lift) – you can relax with a little picnic. If you fancy a hike, head out to Mont Boron where you can walk in the greenery, just outside of town.

The promenade des Anglais

The Promenade des Anglais is one of the most iconic roads in France, starting at the airport in the west and continuing all the way around the Baie des Anges (‘the bay of angels’) to the headland in the east, by the castle.. It is full of bars and restaurants, beach clubs and ice-cream stalls.

Admire “La belle époque” Architecture

“La Belle Epoque” (meaning ‘the beautiful age’) was the period of time in French history between the Franco-Prussion War in 1870 and the First World War in 1914. It was when France went through a lot of changes, socially and culturally. The architecture of this period reflects this in the grand boulevards that were laid out and the beautiful houses that were built. 

LYON

Best means of transport : by plane (1h10)

Le Parc de la Tête d’Or

This park one is of the top parks in France, maybe even Europe! It starts off as a fairly standard park with a greenhouse and extensive flora display. But as you keep making your way into the park, the beautiful flowers and magnificent trees take a side view to the animals.

Le “Vieux Lyon” (Old Lyon)

Vieux Lyon is the perfect place to get a feel for the history of Lyon. With stunning buildings and churches dating back thousands of years, Lyon’s past really shines on this side of town. Take the long, but totally worth it, walk up to the Lyon cathedral – here you’ll get unbeatable views of this beautiful city!

The Nightlife  

Come nighttime and those boats along the Rhône turn on the disco lights and pump up the music. Dancing the night away on a disco party boat in Lyon is just something you gotta add to your to do list, as it is one of the best places to party in Lyon!

The traditional Lyonnaise Food

Lyonnaise food is a distinctive feature in their long standing culture. Keep your eyes peeled for some of these top traditional foods at a restaurant or cafe:

Gâteau de Foie – Liver Pâté Cake

Cochonnailles – a dish made from pig, including the tongue and feet that apparently tastes better than it sounds!

Cervelle de Canut – Cheese with Garlic and Herbs

Praline pie – Just yum!

Gras double – Tripe Cooked with Onions

Salade Lyonnais – Warm Bacon and Egg Salad 

L’ILE DE RE

Best means of transport : by car (3h)

L’Île de Ré is an island of the west coast of France near La Rochelle. The 2.9 km (1.8 miles) Île de Ré bridge, completed in 1988, connects it to La Rochelle on the mainland.

The area is a popular tourist destination. It has approximately the same number of hours of sunshine as the southern coast of France. The island has a constant light breeze, and the water temperature is generally cool. The island is surrounded with gently sloping, sandy beaches.

Oysters and fresh fish are always available. There is also a tradition in which the fishermen, upon returning from the sea, sell a small quantity of their catch directly on the quays, enabling them to buy a drink. 

Markets are open on a daily basis in the main towns and are a popular place to shop, taste and chat.

L’île de Ré has a famous lighthouse called Phare des baleines peaking at 57 metres. You can visit it and climb at the top after the 257 steps.

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LE MONT SAINT MICHEL

Best means of transport : by car (5h30)

Le Mont Saint-Michel is an island and mainland commune in Normandy, France.

The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it : on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.

One of France’s most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, the Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as historical monuments.

The parish church, little edifice of the XV and XVI centuries is dedicated to Saint-Pierre, patron saint of the fishermen.

The most incredible spot to visit is le chemin des remparts, indeed it enables you to see the bay all around the Mont Saint-Michel.

And finally, l’ascension du Grand degré is a path with 350 steps that lead you to the Abbey. 

BIARRITZ

Best means of transport : by bus (2h, the cheapest) ; by train (2h30)

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The Surf spot

In Biarritz, the surf culture is everywhere, as proven by the Cité de l’Océan and the number of surf shops and board rental outlets.  

From April to November, 18 surfing schools welcome beginners or experienced surfers, for a few hours of tuition or several days.

The Golf 

Biarritz, the home of golf: 16 courses within 100 km,  at 1 hour driving from Biarritz. A prime golfing destination, Biarritz boasts the second oldest golf course in Europe. Created in 1888,  le Golf du Phare, is located right in the town centre.

Wellness and Thalasso

Each centre offers customised treatment and therapy to meet your needs, including seaweed body wrap, body sculpting, relaxation, massages, body scrubbing, balneotherapy, beauty treatments, post-surgery therapy, post-natal care, treatments to combat smoking and stress.

Sites and Museums

You can discover : 

  • The Biarritz Historical Museum
  • The Aquarium of Biarritz
  • The Musée Asiatica
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Imperial Chapel

CAP BRETON

Best means of transport : by train (3h) ; by bus (3h20)

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Cap breton is a commune in the Landes, department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. The town is situated about 40 km north of Biarritz.

The town is a popular holiday destination for sailors, surfers, and beach-goers.

Near the ocean, there are typical narrow streets in the town center, you will be surprised by a heritage built through the centuries and mixing. 

Finally, l’Estacade, the emblem of this marine city, from where all Cap breton can be seen (colored hulls of fishing boats…). And obviously the fish market, where vendors and sellers are willing to distill valuable secret tips and recipes.

STRASBOURG

Best means of transport : by plane (1h20) ; by train (5h15)

Oh my beautiful Strasbourg…« Strasbourg mon amour »

Strasbourg, the European capital, combines picturesque charm and cultural and artistic abundance. In the city center, the Grande Ile, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes you to its cobbled streets and lively areas. Stroll to the typical district of Petite France with its canals and half-timbering, or stock up on cultural discoveries with our many museums, theaters, concert halls, the capital of the Alsace region of France and is most widely known for hosting a number of important European institutions like European parliament or Human Rights. 

It’s also the capital of Christmas, there is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe with its mulled wine and lights throughout the city. A wonderful show…

Strasbourg is immersed in Franco-German culture and although violently disputed throughout history, has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, currently the second largest in France, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture.

So Strasbourg is right next to Germany, you can get there by tram in about fifteen minutes. The nearest town is Kehl where everything is cheaper: cosmetics, alcohol, clothes…

Europa-Park

You can also go to Europapark from Strasbourg. The cheapest way to get from Strasbourg center to Europa-Park is to bus which costs 2€ – 5€ and takes 1h 21.

If you do not know it (are you serious?) Europa-Park is a theme park, the largest in Germany, and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris.

Mont Sainte-Odile

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It is a 760-metre-high peak in the Vosges Mountains in Alsace in France, immediately west of Barr. The mountain is named after Sainte Odile. It has a monastery/convent at its top called the Hohenburg Abbey, and is notable also for its stone fortifications called “the Pagan Wall.” In 1992, it was the site of an Airbus crash.

Le château du Haut-Koenigsbourg : 9 centuries history

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Since its construction in the 12th century, the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle has been a constant witness to both European conflicts and rivalry between lords, kings and emperors.

A number of illustrious owners each left their mark on the castle’s history, and successive events even led to changes in the castle’s structure… There is also the black forest, the Volerie des Aigles, Cascade du Nideck and lots of other amazing things to see. 

Thanks for your reading, we hope that it helped you and that you enjoyed it 😙

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