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Explore the hidden (and not so hidden) corners of France with master tour guide Daniel Benchimol.

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Voyage en France - Mont-Valérien

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol takes us to Mont-Valérien, the highest vantage point just outside of Paris, where you will be able to take in a sweeping view of the capital. Mont-Valérien also represents a sad part of history, a site where thousands were executed during World War II. General de Gaulle inaugurated a memorial in 1962 to honor its victims.

Voyage en France - Nemours - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Nemours is nicknamed the "Venice of the Gâtinais" (a former French province), and you'll see why in the final part of Daniel's tour of the town. Traversed by many streams and rivers, Nemours is also a great place to go hiking and immerse yourself in a medieval atmosphere.

Voyage en France - Nemours - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the next part of his tour of Nemours, Daniel shows us the Church of Saint John the Baptist, a medieval church that was destroyed in the 1600s and then rebuilt over the course of the next two centuries. It houses a bell called the Cloche Philippe (Philippe Bell), which has a lengthy history of its own.

Voyage en France - Nemours - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The town of Nemours is linked to the history of the United States in two important ways. Daniel will tell you more about that in this segment of his tour, and he'll also show you a group of charming bridges called the "Ponts des Petits Fossés" (Little Ditch Bridges).

Voyage en France - Nemours - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel begins his tour of Nemours with a visit to the twelfth-century castle, which has the rare distinction of standing right in the center of town. Nemours was the hometown of the famous Du Pont family, who immigrated to the United States in the 1800s and created a business empire.

Voyage en France - Poissy - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Don't miss this rendezvous with Daniel Benchimol in the town of Poissy near Paris. Enjoy a visit to a twelfth-century Romanesque church called the Collégiale de Poissy. You can also visit its priory, which now houses a toy museum to the delight of the little ones.

Voyage en France - Poissy - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol takes us to the town of Poissy, about twenty kilometers from Paris. The town name is derived from the word poisson (fish) due to its once important fishing industry.

Voyage en France - Montfort-l'Amaury - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol continues his tour of the small medieval town of Montfort-l'Amaury, an hour west of Paris. He takes us to an unusual cemetery building that has a human skull in every corner. On a less spooky note, Daniel tells us about famous figures who have lived in Montfort, such as the composer Maurice Ravel and the singer Charles Aznavour.

Voyage en France - Montfort-l'Amaury - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel takes us to another town within easy reach of Paris. Monfort-l'Amaury boasts a huge church called the Église Saint Pierre et Saint Paul with some magnificent stained glass windows. If you are a music lover, you might want to check out Maurice Ravel's house, where he composed many of his great works, including Le Boléro.

Voyage en France - Soissons - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Meet Daniel (still in sweltering Soissons) in front of the "Jardin du Haricot" (Bean Garden), which is not a garden but a confectionery store that sells a local specialty, a delicious jelly-bean-like candy. He also takes us to the old bishop's palace where Napoleon once stayed, then onto an eleventh-century abbey called the Abbaye de Saint-Jean-des-Vignes.

Voyage en France - Soissons - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol continues to explore the town of Soissons on an exceptionally hot summer day. There's no better time to explore the magnificent twelfth-century cathedral of Soissons to cool off and admire this gothic architectural masterpiece, including the stained glass wall depicting religious scenes.

Voyage en France - Soissons - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In part two of our discovery of Soissons, a very ancient town indeed (it was founded in the year 20 B.C.), Daniel Benchimol takes us on a sweltering summer day to visit some interesting places, including the Église Saint-Pierre, part of a seventh-century monastery where Charlemagne's daughter lived. He then shows us a baroque-style building on Little Red Riding Hood Street opposite a magnificent century-old fish market.

Voyage en France - Soissons - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel takes us to Soissons, an ancient city that was the first capital of France. He shows us the memorial commemorating the victims of World War I and depicting the legend of the famous Soissons vase.

Voyage en France - Auvers-sur-Oise - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel finishes up his tour of Auvers-sur-Oise with an appreciation of Vincent Van Gogh, who completed an astounding eighty paintings during his two-month sojourn in the village. In this video, you'll see the inn where the artist stayed during his visit, along with some of the gorgeous stops on the "painters' discovery" tour of Auvers-sur-Oise. It's easy to see why the village was such an inspiration to the impressionists!

Voyage en France - Auvers-sur-Oise - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel introduces us to the town of Auvers-sur-Oise, famous as a source of inspiration for a number of impressionist painters, notably Vincent Van Gogh. He also gives us a sneak peek into the Daubigny Museum, dedicated to the work of the pre-impressionist Charles-François Daubigny.

Voyage en France - Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel concludes his tour of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine by taking us along the quays to see some of the barges that are docked there. Among them, you will find a houseboat that doubles as a chapel and the last tug boat ever built in France!

Voyage en France - Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel shows us around the old quarter of the village of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a charming area that dates from the Middle Ages and contains some beautiful gardens and courtyards. Some of the streets and alleyways have even retained their medieval names, such as the "Rue de la Savaterie" (Cobbler Street).

Voyage en France - Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the second part of his tour of the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Daniel shows us the Montjoie Tower, a Romanesque dungeon whose walls are still standing today. He also takes us to a beautiful garden filled with rare plants.

Voyage en France - Conflans-Sainte-Honorine - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel takes us to the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, located around thirty kilometers from Paris, which is known as the capital of canal transportation. You'll see some beautiful barges and cruise boats, as well as a public toilet that Daniel calls an "aesthetic success"!

Voyage en France - Compiègne - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the final installment of his tour of Compiègne, Daniel takes us to the "Haras National" (National Stud Farm), where some of the most prestigious horses in France have been raised since the 1700s. He also shows us the Imperial Theater, built by Napoleon III, and the Museum of Internment and Deportation, which commemorates the prisoners of the Royallieu concentration camp.

Voyage en France - Compiègne - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the third installment of Daniel's tour of Compiègne, he shows us the magnificent Saint Jacques Church, which happens to be a stop along the Way of St. James. He also takes us to some former salt warehouses and to a beautiful garden surrounded by medieval walls.

Voyage en France - Compiègne - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

As Daniel explains, Joan of Arc is a bit of an "obsession" among French people, and tributes to her can be found in many towns across France. Compiègne has particularly close ties to the country's patron saint—after assisting the town in its fight against the Burgundians, she was captured by them in 1430.

Voyage en France - Compiègne - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel introduces the charming town of Compiègne and its magnificent City Hall. In the City Hall building, you'll find the Bancloque, a fourteenth-century bell that still rings today with the help of three automated figures called jacquemarts that "poke" the bell on the hour. And make sure to stop by the burger kiosk on your way out of the city for a delicious, locally sourced treat!

Voyage en France - Vexin Normand - Gisors - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the last part of his tour of the town of Gisors, Daniel shows us an interesting structure called a cabinet de verdure (greenery chamber) as well as a waterfall that served as the major driving force of the town's economy for centuries. Daniel also tells us the story of Philippe Auguste and the Golden Virgin, which you won't want to miss!

Voyage en France - Vexin Normand - Gisors - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

There's a lot to explore in the Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais Church in Gisors, including a towering wooden organ, a magnificent mural, and a spiral staircase. Daniel Benchimol gives us a detailed tour of this stunning work of architecture, which he counts as one of the most beautiful churches in Normandy.

Voyage en France - Vexin Normand - Gisors - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol braves the freezing temperature to show us around the beautiful medieval town of Gisors in the Vexin region in the north of France. The highlight of the town is its eleventh-century castle, which is currently undergoing major restoration work. The castle was once surrounded by a moat, and some of its towers still remain, with imposing names like "Prisoner's Tower" and "Chilly Tower."

Voyage en France - île de Chatou

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

A few kilometers from Paris, on Chatou Island (also known as Impressionists' Island), Daniel Benchimol has a nice surprise for you.... Watch this video to find out what it is!

Voyage en France - Rambouillet - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this last video on Rambouillet, Daniel shows us around the beautiful and enchanting Espace Rambouillet nature preserve, a large forest filled with deer, birds of prey, and other free-roaming animals. It's a perfect spot for nature lovers and animal lovers alike!

Voyage en France - Rambouillet - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this third episode on Rambouillet, Daniel shows us an interesting "shell cottage," a railway museum, and the beautiful Church of Saint Lubin and Palais du Roi de Rome. Rambouillet is full of wonderful surprises!

Voyage en France - Rambouillet - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel takes us to the Rambouillet castle, which includes a very interesting building on its grounds: the Laiterie de la Reine, or Queen's Dairy, which was built for Marie Antoinette in accordance with the "pleasure dairy" trend of the eighteenth century.

Voyage en France - Rambouillet - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this first part of his tour of Rambouillet, Daniel shows us the town's beautiful castle and its surrounding forest, islands, and gardens. Do you know what a "quincunx" in a garden is? If not, you'll find out in this video.

Voyage en France - La ville de Senlis - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

In this third episode on the medieval town of Senlis, Daniel Benchimol introduces us to the Venery Museum or hunting museum. The museum displays not only traditional uniforms of the Spahis but also the special architecture, painting, music, and art linked to the "venery" activities.

Voyage en France - La ville de Senlis - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Daniel Benchimol continues his tour of the medieval town of Senlis with a look inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture in France. The cathedral contains a magnificent organ and a plaque commemorating the British soldiers who died in France during World War I.

Voyage en France - La ville de Senlis - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In this episode, Daniel Benchimol takes us to the little Gallo-Roman city of Senlis, forty kilometers away from Paris. There, we can discover its fish and vegetable market, its church, and its art and archeology museum.

Voyage en France - La Normandie: Honfleur

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Honfleur is a Norman town whose beauty was immortalized by the Impressionists. Come take a trip with Daniel Benchimol through this historic town that inspired an entire art movement.

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