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  • Culture  /  Voyage

    Falling for France

    By Frances Atkinson 01 October 2015

    FRANCE is gorgeous all year round, but autumn is a particularly beautiful time to visit. Summer fades and gives way to a gentle light and crisp, sunny days, while the trees turn gold.

    Here are four places to enjoy before the winter season sets in.

    A turn in the Tuileries

    PERHAPS one of the most well known gardens in the world, the Tuileries were initially established in 1564 but were redesigned in 1664. Whether you’re strolling among the fallen leaves, relaxing in the famous metal chairs or pushing small sailboats around the pond, few urban gardens exude such beauty during autumn.

    Before sunrise

    AS the day closes on October 3, the Nuit Blanche – a free dusk till dawn festival comes to life between 7pm and 7am. An exciting mix of theatre, music, multimedia and art combine to create a carnival atmosphere that invites participation. For one night only, art in all its mysterious forms, takes over Paris. Past projects have included hundreds of paper butterflies, “enormous bejeweled skulls”, and flying orchestras.

    evous.fr/Nuit-Blanche-a-Paris-Tout-le-programme-1136517.html

    Flights of fancy

    INSPIRED by the works of Jules Verne and Leonardo da Vinci, the creative team behind this remarkable theme park, Les Machines De L’ile have taken a collection of old shipyards and transformed them into a wonderland of mechanical inventions. The enormous Grand Elephant takes up to 50 people on a gentle stroll around the site while the Sea World Carousel is made up of boats and ‘flying’ fish. Roughly a four-hour train trip from Paris, this is a stunning and unique theme park.

    lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/

     

    The art of autumn

    THE 44th Festival d’Automne a Paris takes the best of original contemporary art (theatre, film, music, dance, visual arts) with an experimental edge and hurls it back at the city. With over 40 venues taking part, the event is partly about discovering fresh and innovative artists. For the full program, go to:

    festival-automne.com/en/about-us

    ENDS.