Experience France with Rick Steves
4 Hours of travel on one DVD, 8 episodes from the public television series Rick Steves' Europe
Paris: Grand and Intimate: After marveling at masterpieces in the Louvre and strolling the Champls-Elysees, we explore a delightful Parisian neighborhood. We meet a pipe organist, drop by a butcher shop, design our own perfume, and cruise the Seine.
Highlights of Paris: From Monet to Creme Brulee: We scale the Eiffel Tower, then savor classic treats - from steak tartare to creme brulee. We marvel a Monet, Manet and company in the Orsay Gallery, then retrace the city's history from the revolution to its extravagant belle epoque.
Normandy: War-Torn Yet Full of LIfe: After exploring the half-timbered charm of Rouen, we reflect on Monet's lily ponds, then set up an easel at Honfleur's harbor. We remember sacrifice on the D-Day beaches, and hike with pilgrims to the island abbey of Mont St. Michel.
Provence: Legendary Light, Wind and Wine: We climb Roman ruins in Nimes, poke around a papal palace in Avignon, and savor vivid views immortalized by Van Gogh in Arles. Crossing acres of lavendar and vineyards, we explore the Cotes du Rhone and more wonders of the South of France. French Riviera: Uniquely Chic: In fairytale Monaco we listen to the graceful reshuffling of personal fortunes at the casino. Then we follow in the footsteps of 19th-century aristocrats along Nice's promenade des Anglais, and visit the picturesque artist hangouts of Chagall, Matisse, and Picasso.
France's Alsace: We drive up Alsace's Route du Vin for miles of vineyards, half-timbered villages and feudal fortresses. We travel to Verdun to walk its WWI trenches before visiting Reims Cathedral to marvel at Chagall's stained glass. Our final stop is Epernay, the bubbly birthplace of champagne.
Burgundy: Profoundly French: If you're looking for the quintessential French culture, you'll be able to savior it in Burgundy. We'll slow down to float on a canal barge, visit a medieval hospital and monastery, appreciate fine Burgundy wine, slurp a few escargot, and eat very, very well.
France's Dordogne: The Dordogne River Valley is an unforgettable blend of man-made and natural beauty. We'll gaze at prehistoric art, take an idyllic canoe ride, wander through castles, enjoy a country market, and even visit a foie gras goose farm.