This château has two significantly inspired events. One was the tragic downfall of Fouquet, a minister who paid the price of life imprisonment because King Louis XIV was jealous of his beautiful château. And under the influence of Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte became a haven for French artists, writers and sculptors who gave their all for the glory of the residence. Check the website for information on the different visits. There is a candlelight visit that is going to be apt for all the lovebirds. Hours vary throughout the year and you can buy passes for more than one day; see the website or call for more information.
The Romano-Byzantine Sacre Coeur Basilica overlooks Montmartre, one of Paris's most picturesque districts. Its distinctive travertine stone dome rises up over the rooftops, allowing visitors to the basilica the perfect vantage point from which to survey the city. Within Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, often called Sacré-Cœur, visitors will find several interesting sites, including a mosaic of Christ, an elegant organ constructed by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and a crypt. Commissioned by the Catholic Church, construction began in 1875 under the watchful eye of architect Paul Abadie, and was finally completed in 1914.
Underneath the glaze of the Parisian sky, the Eiffel Tower captures the dazzling spirit of its French capital. A magnificent wrought iron lattice tower that was originally built as an entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, the tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel after his inspiration was fueled by the pyramidal form of Egypt's historic landmarks. This comparison was met with ardent disapproval from several eminent Frenchmen before the tower came to be the celebrated global icon that it is known as today. At a stunning height of 324 meters (1,063 feet), the Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline as the city's tallest, and the country's second-tallest freestanding structure. Its majestic form sports three shades – darkest at the lowest level and colored in a light contrast as the tower ambles up to the top – an illusory mechanism adopted so as to complement its surroundings. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most winning sights in all of France, and even after more than a century, people continue to extol this monumental symbol of architectural beauty.
The Louvre Museum houses one of the largest collections of artworks and antiquities in the world. The museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, which was built in the 12th Century as a fortress by Philip II. After Louis XIV, he decided to move his court to Versailles, the palace was occupied by a variety of institutions related to the arts. The museum was first opened under the National Assembly in 1793. The establishment is divided into sections, including drawing, painting and sculpture, and houses antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and several other cultures. Visitors to the museum can explore its many wings and see some of the most famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Liberty Leading the People.
Perched elegantly on Île de la Cité, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is as arresting as it is imposing. One look at the spellbinding architectural details, both inside and out, and you'll understand why it took nearly a century to complete, beginning 1160. Two monumental towers rise from it's western facade, marking the most intricately adorned portion of the cathedral. As a bonus, visitors can climb the 380 odd steps leading to the top of the towers for arguable the best views of the Parisian cityscape. Highlight of the cathedral's interiors are most certainly, the beautifully vivid rose windows in stained glass. History enthusiasts can also check out the archaeological crypt that exhibits interesting relics found in Paris. Considered to be a masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is deservedly one of the most visited of Paris' enchanting sights.
The ground on which the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Palais du Luxembourg stand was originally the site of a Roman camp. In 1257, the Chartreux religious order bought the land and built a monastery here, while the princess regent Marie de Médicis had the palace built-in 1615. This is one of Paris' favorite gardens. Ornate fountains and lush lawns set against the backdrop of a palace look no less than magical. With a truly beautiful layout, the park is popular with students and residents in the city's Latin Quarter. Children can go on the vintage style carousel, play on swings and sail their toy boats on the octagonal pond. This park is a much-loved and popular meeting place.
Champagne & Brie Region encompasses a massive area in Northern France. The Champagne Wine region covers major towns like Reims and Épernay. While wine growing, viticulture, and vineyards dominate the landscape, the presence of big cities like Reims ensure sightseeing opportunities too, such as the Reims Cathedral, a medieval landmark of legendary beauty, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From villas, estates and cottage getaways where you can experience the complete process of making champagne, the region is a oenophiles dream. Brie on the other hand, is known for Brie cheese, a dish which goes exceptionally well with the champagne. History buffs can enjoy to their heart's content here with stunning landmarks like Angouleme, Chateau de La Rochefoucauld, scenic village of Tusson and much more. Together, the Champagne & Brie Region becomes one of the most sought after destinations in Europe, much like the combination of their wine and cheese in kitchens around the world.
Inaugurated in November 2006, this cultural center facilities cultural performances ranging from concerts to puppet shows and houses an auditorium that has a seating capacity for more than 230 people. It possesses latest sound equipment and has a cozy atmosphere. The performances held at the venue are entertaining to the core and are a major crowd puller. Contact for event updates and more details.
The Commons Farm which is also known as La Ferme des Communes in the local language is the cultural center. A number of local artists perform to exhibits their talent. It has a decent seating which can accommodate a number of people with good light and acoustic arrangements. Do visit the center if you want a local culture experience.
This rustic hall is actually an old grange transformed into a cultural center in 1995. It was named after a member of the community who died in 1992. Consult the tourist office for information.
Born out of a desire to create a complete cultural center, the File 7 is a super venue that hosts concerts, dance performances, exhibitions and even workshops and business meetings. The formal and industrial sounding name of the venue apparently is a reference to a particular area or a 'file' during the construction of the building where the team faced many problems and difficulties. It serves a nostalgic purpose. No problems are faced anymore at this venue, with its four sub venues: the Salle de concert, Côté Kfé, two recording studios, and Le Point Infos / Centre de resources de File 7, all equipped with modern facilities that make any event here a success. So do checkout the schedule of this happening venue in the Val d'Europe and enjoy an evening filled with memorable entertainment. The venue does not accept credit cards, so do carry cash.
Located near the Disney village, the Lac du Disney Village, makes for great outing trip. This beautiful lake is surrounded by Disney hotels all around. The lakeside is a perfect venue for major theme events, concerts and other activities. With enchanting landscapes, the lake is a must visit for all those exploring the area. Call at +33 87 0503 0303 for details on upcoming events.