JUL 27, 2012 BRIT WINS TOUR DE FRANCE
CYCLIST Bradley Wiggins has become the first Briton to win his sport’s most prestigious race, the Tour de France.With Wiggins taking the winner’s spot on the podium, followed by teammate and fellow Briton Christopher Froome, this year’s race was a notable victory for the UK.
JUL 20, 2012 DORDOGNE RIVER BASIN NAMED UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE
The labelled area – 24,000 square kilometres – joins 10 other areas of natural heritage in France to have been so designated in the past. They include the Mont Ventoux in the Vaucluse, the Cévennes and the Camargue.The Dordogne has its source at Puy de Sancy and crosses six departments, including the south of the Corrèze.
JUL 16, 2012 80FT CAROUSEL OPENS IN NANTES
The Machines de l’Ile’s magical 80ft high merry-go-round, the Carrousel des Mondes Marins has finally opened for business in Nantes.It’s a genuine 360-degree panoramic theatre and an amazing urban sculpture dedicated to the sea. Watch marvellous and strange marine creatures ‘swimming’ around a 3-level mechanical aquarium. The giant crab and squid in the deep, the manta ray, lantern and pirate fish in the middle and flying fish and jelly fish skimming the surface. It must be seen to be believed!The opening of the Carrousel des Mondes Marins forms part of the incredible Voyage à Nantes cultural trail that is taking place summer, which crosses Nantes from east to west with a route marked by 30 permanent attractions which, together, make one giant attraction - one which makes Nantes a unique city of art, culture and fun.
JUL 04, 2012 FRANCE IS FIRST CLASS THIS SUMMER
Travellers through France can experience first class style and comfort for a fraction of the price this summer by taking advantage of a new special offer from Rail Europe. Savings of up to 80% are available on first class rail tickets from Paris and Lille to hundreds of French destinations.Fares from Paris now start at just £17.50 on high speed TGV services for a one-way journey to Reims or Champagne Ardennes.The popular holiday spots of Nice, Marseille, Avignon and Montpellier can be reached for only £32.50 one-way on high speed TGV services departing from either Paris or from Lille. Alternatively, for longer journeys, overnight trains are also included in the offer, with fares starting at £48 one-way per person to destinations including Nice, Cannes, Biarritz and Perpignan for travel in a 4-berth couchette.And as an added bonus this year, the offer has been extended to cover routes from Paris into Germany, with destinations including Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart all available from £45 one-way.Special offer fares are available to book from lunch time on 10 July to 24 August 2012, for travel between 13 July and 27 August 2012. Special offer fares are limited in number and expected to sell quickly, so anyone considering travelling in France this summer should book early to avoid disappointment.For further information or to book call Rail Europe on 0844 848 4070, visit www.raileurope.co.uk or call into the Rail Europe Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London W1J 9EU.