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TRAVEL GUIDE: FRANCE

Welcome to "The Best of GAYOT's France." This travel guide features everything you need to know about the finest restaurants, luxe hotels, soothing spas and live-like-a-local info for Francophiles and françaises alike. Whether you're sunbathing on the Côte d'Azur, exploring the vineyards of Burgundy, visiting the lavender fields of Provence or sightseeing in Paris, GAYOT is your go-to place to learn about it all.




 
 
 
     

The Best of France

EVENT

The carpet goes red for the 69th Festival de Cannes

Festival de Cannes
Stars will descend upon the French Rivera for the 69th Festival de Cannes taking place May 11 to May 22. Director George Miller will preside over this year's jury and the list of films for the 2016 Official Selection include Woody Allen's "Café Society" and Pedro Almodóvar's "Julieta." Preparations are underway and more details about events surrounding the festival are soon to come.

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Christophe Lemoine, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, honoring the victims of the November 13, 2015 attack in Paris.



ARTS & CULTURE

The architecture of Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry, is innovative and exhibits unique shapes and forms not seen in other structures
Fondation Louis Vuitton
A united effort between LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault and Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton had its grand opening in Paris in October 2014. Committed to showcasing contemporary art and the creative processes behind these modern productions, the Fondation also features classical music recitals and offers tours daily.

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HOTELS

A view of Chateau Les Crayeres, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hotels in France
Top 10 Hotels in France
La Belle France sets worldwide standards for hotels as much as for food, fashion and film. Check out the best hotels France has to offer, from seaside resorts to country chateaux.

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A guest room at Hôtel Daniel in Paris, France, one of  GAYOT's Top 10 Honeymoon Hotels Worldwide
Top 10 Value Hotels in Paris
Who said you can't vacation in the City of Light on a budget? GAYOT has gathered a selection of the Top 10 Value Hotels in Paris that offer classic lodgings, an array of amenities and convenient locales so that you can rest easy and save your funds for the city's amazing attractions.

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SPA

The Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa at Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, France
Top 10 Health Retreats Worldwide
Slow down aging, and life itself, at Les Sources de Caudalie in Bordeaux, France. This health retreat offers special vinotherapie treatments, warm underground springs and is located near Bordeaux's idyllic vineyards.

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RESTAURANTS

The dining area at Mini Palais, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Paris
Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Paris
Sit at a café and enjoy a meal with your furry, four-legged companion. GAYOT's Top 10 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Paris serve delicious entrees and offer a relaxing ambience that cater to you and your pet.

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Dining room at La Marée Jeanne, one of GAYOT's Top 10 New and Notable Restaurants in Paris
Top 10 New & Notable Restaurants in Paris
Although there is no shortage of exceptional restaurants in Paris, a slew of new dining spots are shaking things up in the City of Light. Peruse GAYOT’s list to find exciting culinary options for a night out on the town.

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Find the best restaurants in France, including La Ribaudiere in Bourg-Charente

Top Restaurants in France
From Restaurant Lasserre in Paris' 8th arrondissement to L'Auberge de l'Ill in Alsace, here's a list of the restaurants that house France's top culinary talents.

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