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RV Road Trip - 100 Things to do in France 17/20

The country of France is literally filled with medieval cities, alpine villages, and glorious beaches. Vineyards and wines make it world famous, as do the many classical museums and monuments. Ancient caves with prehistoric drawings, theatres and palaces, art galleries and eclectic villages – there is something for everyone in this amazing country!


81. Jardin des Plantes

This botanical garden is in the very heart of Nantes, on 7 hectares of land. You will find more than 10,000 living plants and many greenhouses. The garden places some 5,000 new plants every year. This is one of the four leading gardens in France.
Look out for the Camellia collection which is unique, and has become a world reference item. The gardens are visited by some 1.2 million visitors each year.
Plan to spend a full day there. Bring your picnic, or buy at small cafes along the way.


82. Panthéon

The stately dome is an icon of the Paris skyline. It was first a church and now a mausoleum. Some famous people who lie there are Voltaire, Braille, and Hugo. The first woman to be interred there was Marie Curie, who lies there with her husband Pierre.
Plan on spending a morning there, and then explore the area around the site.


83. Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Here you will find the world’s most visited cemetery. It was opened in 1804, and has 70,000 tombs in the 44-hectare garden. You will be able to see the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Moliere and Proust, to name but a few.
There are renowned painters entombed there – look out for Picasso and Delacroix, along with the dancer Isadora Duncan.
Whether graveyards appeal to you or not, it is impossible not to be moved by the collection that you will see here.
Spend a half day, or longer if looking for a special person.


84. Paris’s old market streets

These small side streets are often missed in the quest to see bigger and better streets and monuments. There are treasures to be found down the small streets of the city. Fromageries, boucheries, and boulangeries abound, along with eclectic pastry shops and gourmet cafés.
Spend a half day wandering off the beaten track, and you will not be disappointed.


85. Shakespeare & Company

The nooks and crannies in this bookshop are filled to overflowing with both new and second-hand books. The bookshop has been opened since before 1941, although it was closed for a while, and then re-opened in 1951.
Spend some time sitting outside enjoying the atmosphere.
If you love books, then you will want to spend some time exploring the shop, so allow yourself a few hours at least.



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