2019 is shaping up to be an especially dynamic year for visiting France. Whether you’re a history buff (the 75th Anniversary of D-Day), a lover of architecture and culture (French Renaissance celebrations in the Loire Valley) or a sports nut (FIFA Women’s World Cup), there’s a reason to travel to the “Hexagon”. For a preview of what’s in store, check out our video and read on for further details.
The 75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings
Just recognized by Frommer’s as one of the “Best Places to Go in 2019’, Normandy marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in 2019. The major commemorative events culminate in a gathering of the Allied heads of state. Additionally, an exhibit of major paintings including Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms collection will be on display in Caen to coincide with the anniversary and Rouen, Normandy’s capital, will host the Armada of Rouen featuring over 50 tall ships.
Celebrate the French Renaissance in the Loire Valley
Imagine a world without painting, literature and architecture –quel horreur! 500 years ago, the gorgeous cities and chateaux of the Loire Valley were the cradle of the French Renaissance. Coincidentally, 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci at Amboise’s Château de Clos-Lucé where he spent the last three years of his life. Find out about the virtual exhibit of his works and other celebrations.
Here’s Why You Need to Visit ‘Top French Cities’
While we all adore Paris, there’s much to discover beyond the capitol. Highlights of these 29 regional cities include the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup to the citywide fete of “Eldorado” in Lille to the opening of Le MoCo contemporary art center in Montpellier. Plus, La Compagnie introduces direct flights to Nice from New York beginning in May.