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Vacation & Travel – French

Casa Frameworks: Allons en TGV
2 day activity with discussion
This activity uses the context of train travel in France to practice telling time.
• Please download the companion worksheet which includes websites.

Casa Frameworks: Quel temps fait-il?
1 day activity
Students check out the weather in the French-speaking world.
• Please download the companion worksheet which includes websites.

Paris Ile-de-France   
Though this is officially the tourist site for Ile-de-France there are lots of great links for sites throughout France.  The Loisirs et visites - Visiter section is outstanding for finding fun places to virtually visit.

France Miniature  
The site was up and down for a while but seems to be back in good form.  You can now take virtual visits of tiny Gaul via 360-degree videos of the mini-monuments.  There is complete price and location information for students to navigate as part of their visit.

Air France
This site includes the type of information that you would expect, but also includes vacation packages to explore.  The flight reservation section could be great for country/city names in French.

Vacances Carrefour
The strength of the site are the six main categories which include packages (e.g. Coups de coeur). and This online travel agency is a great site to explore.

The TGV site has become a rather elaborate portal.  You can still use the interactive map but you have to navigate to it yourself: Go to: TGV& Achat and then choose Choisir sa destination.Good for geography and virtual travel.  (This site is the basis for the above activity.)

Yahoo: Météo  
The Yahoo weather site in French has useful pictures (icons) and broad weather information. (This site is used in the above activity.) 

En Vacances: Paris

Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris  
You can navigate the information on this site in both French and English.  A useful portal for the touriste looking for the scoop on Paris.

Les Pages de Paris
This site, too, can be navigated in French or English and is another good resource for the budding tourist.

Another bilingual site with a tourism focus.  The hotel links are featured first, but there is information here worth pursuing.

Cimetière du Père Lachaise  
You can take a virtual visit of this famous Parisian cemetery to visit everyone from Max Ernst to Marcel Proust.  And, yes, Jim.

Regie Autonome des Transports Parisiens  
Lots of fun info including pages on Le Métro.  Also includes an interactive map for both the subway lines and the neighborhoods of Paris.

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En Vacances: Aix-en-Provence

Please note: I am not suggesting that Aix-en-Provence is the heart of the Francophone world. I do think, however, that it can be useful and entertaining to focus on a tout petit coin. (And it indulges my nostalgia.)

Aix-en-Provence: Official Tourist Site
Don't be fooled by the unappealing first page, this is a very nice site with rich descriptions in French and lovely corresponding photographs. A great first step.

Aix-en-Provence: L'Office de Tourisme
Another tourist center. This site includes useful interactive maps.

Mairie d'Aix-en-Provence 
Includes a calendar of happenings and other useful links.

Atelier Paul Cézanne
Aixois consider Paul Cézanne their son. His atelier is a featured site just outside of the city. This website reproduces much of the studio's charm via photos and descriptions. Includes visitors information and e-boutique.

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