A lot happened in France during 2013 from North to South, East to West! Our France DMC La Fayette Travel continues to present to you the Culture of France, sports, major events, new tours and celebrations:
Marseilles: 2013 European Capital of Culture
In Marseille we introduced you to the 2013 program Olympic games. What a change, lots of new cultural venues, the Old Port changed into a pedestrian area, new luxury hotels, excellent restaurants and lots of various celebrations throughout the year. The events will spread up to Arles and Aix en Provence. So for your shore excursions or itineraries in Provence, consider Marseilles a not to be missed stop along with a visit to Cassis or Aix of festivities. Wow! The city is being revamped as if it was welcoming the Olympic Games.
Get ready for the Monaco Grand Prix
The Monaco Grand Prix is a mythical race in a glamorous and prestigious location. Come and experience firsthand some of the fastest cars roaring through the Principality’s narrow streets as they pass the yachts and homes of the rich and famous. It is an unforgettable moment that you must anticipate and prepare. From a VIP terrace hospitality to a close-up view in the Paddock club, choose your experience before all hotels get sold out for 2014.
2013 Normandy impressionism festival
April to September – Normandy, the cradle of Impressionism, hosted a festival hat celebrates not only the great masters of painting but also a magnificent region. Water quickly appeared as the most unifying theme of this second edition. It was an essential element in the art of the Impressionist painters thanks to the reflections it gives off. The Impressionists liked working outdoor, the beauty of the banks of the Seine and the freedom offered by sailing. Painting surrounded by nature was new, stimulating and resulted in their masterpieces.
The Armada 2013: a major event along the River Seine
“L’Armada de la liberté – The Sails of Freedom” will be celebrated its 25th anniversary. Its 6th edition held from 6th to 16th June 2013. Millions of visitors are once again visited along the quays of the port of Rouen. They will enjoy concerts, gigantic fireworks and plenty of other entertainments. They will get to visit the 50 vessels present coming from all over the world. The ships will have sailed up the 120 kilometres of the River Seine through the beautiful landscapes of Normandy. Another reason to visit beautiful Normandy.
Christian Lacroix redecorates the Arles amphitheatre
As part of “Marseilles 2013”, Arles hosted events and exhibitions. One of them being the Cavalcades Arlésiennes : 4 major european equestrian schools will meet in Arles. Christian Lacroix will redesign the amphitheatre on this occasion (summer 2013). Camargue is also the headquarter of Groupe F known for its spectacular open-air performances as well as its enormous pyrotechnic displays over such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower, London’s Big Ben… Groupe F will do a firework display over the Rhone at Arles on January 13th.
Tour de France celebrates its 100th edition
From 29th June to 21st July 2013, the hundredth edition of the Tour de France took place with the riders, support staff, spectators and viewers on a 3,360-km route that will remain exclusively within France’s borders. After a first stay in Corsica, the Big Loop will visit the country’s wonders and will providing the climbers in the pack with brand new challenges. After the final time-trial, there will still be 615 kilometres of road to cover before the finishing line, in particular a double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez climb!
Roland Garros: the bookings are Open!
French Open: 21 May – 09 June
Over 460,000 spectators came to participate in the French Open experience last year. The only Grand Slam tournament held on clay, the French Open has been France’s most popular tennis event since it was founded back in 1925. For over a fortnight, the best male and female tennis players in the world will compete for the title by fighting their way through seven arduous rounds! Lafayette Travel offers French Open packages.
Travel back in time with a Midnight in Paris tour
Travel back in time to the sizzling Paris of the 1920s, to sip absinthe with Hemingway at Les Deux Magots or dine on choucroute garnie with Picasso at La Rotonde. Using Allen’s movie as a common thread, our guide will take you on a ride following some of the film locations. Stand on the steps of Eglise St-Etienne-du-Mont, a 17th-century church near the Pantheon. Hear a few notes of jazz and imagine coming accross Baker, Stein, Man Ray who made Paris their home. Others, such as Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot drifted in and out the city of Light and used to party with Dali, Picasso.