The Seine River splits the city into the Right Bank and the Left Bank. Room after room shows the opulence of the upper classes in the age leading up to the Revolution. If you already own a copy of Rick Steve's France 2000-2009 then don't bother. Rick: OK. The king and queen were beheaded by a stark and egalitarian government. The spice comes from the Worcestershire sauce, the ketchup, the mustard, the Tabasco, salt and pepper, and the yolk of an egg, and then you just mix that all together with the beef. Carvings like that, and like this scene of Eve tempting Adam with an apple, remind us that this art was more than decoration. Rick: What if you ask for your coffee with the meal? … Arnaud: This was so good. Cassandra: Tour du Mont Blanc circumnavigates Europe's highest peak. I'm having one of my favorites: escargot. The heart of the museum features that deluge, which hit when this man, Louis XVI, was king. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Sadly, the interior of the cathedral will likely remained closed for several years following the devastating 2019 fire. Rick: I can't believe I'm eating raw beef and it tastes good. Rick: So they had two different bedrooms? Inside, everything is covered with dazzling neo-Byzantine art celebrating Mary. Louis XIV — a.k.a. With the shuttle loaded with colorful silk thread, the loom worker patiently wove the prized fabric. We're starting in Lyon, the gateway to the French Alps. Or in the afternoon, have a victory beer if you had a big climb. Emily in Paris TV. Au revoir. If there are no reservation slots available, try the website again about a week before your visit — last-minute spots occasionally open up, especially for tickets up to the second level only. For your own private glacial dream world, hop on to the petite gondola and head south to Helbronner Point, which marks the border of Italy. Rick: A vicious cycle! You can get an individual consultation to tailor your hike to your time frame and ability. That's really how you enjoy this. Rick: Au revoir. Rick: And pull — and we have our little friend. Arnaud: I love it. A day's hike is punctuated by encounters with the mountain culture, like a dairy farm making cheese pretty much the way they have for generations. Our first night is at Nant Borrant, a mountain lodge dating back to the 1800s. I'd say they were probably right. Rick: Wow, especially with some red wine. Arnaud: Bye-bye Rick! And small shops are ideal for assembling a rustic picnic. Time slots can fill up months in advance (especially for visits from April through September). Join Rick Steves for a colorful, musical celebration of Christmas across Europe. Before us spread the Alps. Season: OR ... France; Chamonix in France; riding the lift up to Aiguille du Midi and to the border of Italy; hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc- … So, 500 years ago, the noble families of Lyon used to live here. You can hike as little or as much of the route as you like. Cassandra: Don't be intimidated by all of the gear, or the athletic nature of walking. You guys, Americans, are eating everything all year round! Thanks for joining us. Rick: And today it's just so relaxed. Even the shadows are caught up in the mood — everything's dancing. It's crowded, expensive, and there are probably better views in Paris, but visiting this 1,000-foot-tall ornament is worth the trouble. My Account. The residential island behind Notre-Dame is known for its restaurants, great ice cream, and shops (along Rue St. Louis-en-l'Ile). Virginie: And you want some of mine? Rick: Merci, I think. In addition, we've produced a special retrospective episode called "Why We Travel." Arnaud: Bouquinistes, we call them. Arnaud: It has a, you know, bohemian lifestyle. The French Revolution was kicked off with the storming of the Bastille prison. Mountain huts — called refuges — are placed, conveniently, a day's hike apart. This has long been the city's university district. This bridge actually dates back to Roman times, and for much longer than that, its river has been carving this gorge. Though only 130 years old, it's impressive and iconic, with a mosaic-filled interior and a climbable dome. Post questions and answers about travel in France. Arnaud: It's good eh? So, you go around it in about 10 days, each day about 10 miles for a total of about 100. The saved stand happily at Christ's right hand. Upstairs, a boutique sells handmade silk creations — mostly scarves and ties for a wide variety of prices. With Rick Steves. From Helbronner, you can turn around and return to Aiguille du Midi, or descend into Italy on the Skyway Monte Bianco cable car. This is Paris at its most Parisian: monumental sidewalks, stylish shops, elegant cafés, glimmering showrooms, and proud Parisians on parade. Ciara: That's the music room. You don't need to be a super athlete to enjoy this kind of travel. The small theater, an "odeon," was acoustically designed for speeches and songs. Ordinary people mill about. The grounds nearby are peppered with gravestones and sarcophagi. The scholarly and artsy people of this quarter brewed up a new rage: Paris' café scene. The streets of Old Lyon are lined with well-preserved Renaissance buildings. The building itself is magnificent. And when silk was the main industry in this city, they used to transport the silk from one street to another — being covered from the weather. Rick: What's this? See any my guidebooks that cover Paris for more tips on avoiding lines and crowds at the Eiffel Tower. When Christianity began making converts here, the pagan Romans beheaded him. That's the summit of Mont Blanc. At its peak, in the mid-1800s, it was churning with 30,000 looms. Arnaud: It's fresh raw beef. To skip the initial entry line, book an entry time at no extra cost. Video: Watch Highlights of Paris: Eiffel and Monet to Crème Brûlée, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. For an easy thrill, don't miss the glass box. From here, tourists get to see why Chamonix attracts climbers from all over the world. The real show was before and after, when the elite of Paris — out to see and be seen — strutted their elegant stuff in the extravagant lobbies. And here, way up in the French Alps, I'm happy to consider this "high cuisine." Neighborhoods enjoy first class public transit…and, if a train line's decommissioned, it's put to good use with its arches housing colorful shops and the elevated track made into a long, skinny park. Virginie is a talented guide who offers excellent private tours of Lyon, including city walks, food-tasting tours, and visits to nearby villages. It's Ritzy in the true sense, since they cluster around the original Ritz Hotel. You can almost imagine the clatter of jewelry mixing with the chamber music as Edouard and Nélie threw a party. Cassandra: It should be fun. Rick: Great island… The challenges and surprises of travel are shaped into a finished show. You hear the term "Gallo-Roman" a lot here in France. Rick Steves' Europe Season 10 [16 words] Rick covers Portugal, Greece, Sicily, England, and Scotland, plus festivals across Europe and tips for cruising. Eventually engineers constructed a state-of-the-art array of trains and lifts to get the influx of nature-hungry city folk high into the mountains with ease. Virginie: Some duck, because you get duck here; duck there, and then a bit of salmon just to feel a bit healthier. Virginie: River number three! We'll ride the lift up to the Aiguille du Midi, and then cross over to the border of Italy. After exploring the proud cuisine capital of Lyon — which, at least in its own mind, rivals Paris — we head for Chamonix, in the shadow of Europe’s tallest peak: Mont Blanc. The little boy seems to admire the artist — already notorious for his nonconformity. We don't work. The Orsay Gallery, famous for its much-loved collection of Impressionist masterpieces, fills an old train station. Rick: So the coffee always comes after all of the food? The city's first bishop, St. Denis, holds his head in his hands. Oh look at that! Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This time we're enjoying the edible, drinkable, scenic, and floatable delights of one of my favorite corners of France: Burgundy. There's no menu — hikers enjoy whatever's served. Pre-Revolutionary France had a government by, for, and of the wealthy. Dangling silently for 30 minutes, we glide over the glacier. Rick: Cass, what are the most important things people should know when they're hiking like this? Arnaud: Oh, it's vicious circle. Virginie: You like it? Rick: Ça va? Supporting the angry masses, the liberal wing of the government took matters into its own hands, declaring it wouldn't quit until the people had a constitution. As we head out on what'll be my last day on the trail, I realize that after so many decades, I'm enjoying a brand-new European experience — an experience I wouldn't have found without a great guide like Cassandra. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. And with all this strolling ambience, one of my favorite valley walks is simply through the town. This time we're in France. Virginie: Et voila, l'escargot! Arnaud: This is a kir, you know? …And Tiepolo, whose fresco graces the mansion's lobby. And basically, you know, you order cheese to finish the wine and then you order more wine to finish the cheese! The characteristic tall windows ensured that weavers working the looms had enough light for the longest workdays possible. On the Bastille Day we have a big party here. In many ways, the France we know today grew from this Gallo-Roman civilization. The Latin Quarter is the core of the Left Bank — as the south side of the Seine River is known. Ciara: Exactly, because they traveled in Italy. Parisians own their city. Arnaud: Plat principal. Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS: ... Rick Steves' Europe Egypt’s Cairo. Arnaud: …wandering around… This silk workshop [the Atelier de Soierie] welcomes the public to drop in to see silk printing and screen painting done in the traditional way. And there was a Celtic settlement just down the way, so in addition to Romans and Celts, these paths were also used by shepherds taking their stock to different fields. It was vive la Nation — liberté, égalité, and fraternité — until the people literally beheaded the king and queen. Merci! Episode 108C: Northwest England*. Big dancing, organized. Back in the old town, Lyon's characteristic bouchons are small restaurants that evolved from the days when mothers would feed the silk workers after a long day. Arnaud: Absolutely yes. While the church is dedicated to Mary, the rest of Paris seems dedicated to regular Parisians. A touristy tunnel is carved deep into the ice. But, according to legend, Denis just picked up his head and kept on going. An unforgettable way to experience the church is to climb to its rooftop. Arnaud: Mmm-hmm! The elitism of this place prompted former President François Mitterrand to have an opera house built for the people in the 1980s, situated symbolically on Place de la Bastille, where the French Revolution started in 1789. The Mer de Glace is France's largest glacier — four miles long. The building's massive foundations straddle an underground lake (inspiring the mysterious world of the Phantom of the Opera). As worshippers headed for Mass they'd walk under a relief of Judgment Day. Chamonix boomed, and to this day it serves the dreams of serious climbers and day hikers alike. Rick: That's beautiful! Rick: So that's an aperitif? It was a muscular symbol of the Industrial Age. To enhance your art experience, be sure to check out Rick Steves Classroom Europe, my free collection of 400+ teachable video clips — including a visit to Monet’s garden at Giverny. Arnaud: Oh my God, wonderful…all along the streets you've got some galleries, quaint, you know, little boutiques and restaurants, and just down the street there, there's a place, Berthillon, where you have the best sorbets in Paris. The whole world seems to gather here to strut along the boulevard. Inspired by this miracle, Christianity flourished and the temple was replaced by a church. There's a time-honored finesse to Parisian life — a comfortable rhythm with kisses on the cheek, neighborhood street markets, and familiar faces at the corner café. Helbronner Point is the French/Italian border station. Rick: I think escargot deserves a little red wine. From Chamonix the cute cogwheel Train du Montenvers toots you up to tiny Montenvers to see the dirty, rapidly receding Mer de Glace glacier and enjoy fantastic alpine views up the Vallée Blanche. By the time of the Revolution, the city's countless cafes were the haunt of politicians and philosophers, who plotted a better future as they sipped their coffee. Current Episode (aired 14 Nov. 2020) Egypt's Cairo. From the top of the lift, a tunnel leads into the rock, where we make our final ascent — by elevator — to a commanding perch. You know, all around is this really uniform architecture, everything dating from the 17th century and the beautiful apartments — very expensive, some of the most expensive in town. Rick Steves' Europe (2000–2020) Episode List. Rick: No. Trekkers are rewarded with top-notch mountain vistas, of course, as well as medieval bridges, deep gorges, ancient trade routes with a thousand years of ruts worn into the stone, farmers making cheese the old-fashioned way, tiny alpine chapels, and inviting huts offering a break and a drink. These men were the first to climb it, back in 1786. Know what this is about? A good, civilized way to start the meal. True bouchons are simple bistros, serving traditional dishes. I love this place. Until about the year 1800, people didn't climb, or hike, or even paint mountains much. Rick: And finally… Because, you know, it was to warm up the employees of the central market. Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. You don't need to be a hiker. We'll join the bustle in a mountain resort, and chill in a rustic alpine lodge. Rick: Dancing! Episode 106C: Stockholm and Helsinki*. Add Rick Steves' Europe to your Watchlist to find out when it's coming back. Inline skaters take to the streets most Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings. Disturbing markers show where the glacier was just a short time ago. Lyon helped establish the industry of such printing on silk and cotton. Rick: I'm heading for the Orsay Gallery. From Lyon, we drive east into the Alps — into a valley dominated by Mont Blanc, Europe's tallest peak. In fact, it faces the River Seine, and the River Seine has been called by Parisians "the mirror of the city.". Today, it stands tall, an exclamation point, symbolizing the proud, independent spirit of the French. Ride the escalator for a great city view from the top (ticket or Museum Pass required), and consider eating at the good café. see our FAQ. They all had to be regulated in the 19th century because they were so wild. This is the place to see the Eiffel Tower. I'm taking Arnaud to lunch. The tumultuous history of Paris — starring the Revolutionary years — is well portrayed in this converted Marais mansion (though it's closed for renovations until the end of 2019). So far, so good with the first three episodes. Arnaud: Old books, yes, and they sell prints, you know…magazines… This loom — amazing technology for the time — automated much of the process, allowing one person, rather than an entire family, to weave the precious cloth. Server: Escargot? Today it seats 3,000 for concerts. Arnaud: Yes, this is the entrée, and actually you guys call the "entrée" the main course, when the entrée is the starter in France. The next morning, the convenience of the baggage-transfer service is obvious, as bags are taken to a variety of destinations depending on each hiker's plan. Posted by cj-traveler (NM, USA) on 10/08/20 12:19 AM. Hikers share co-ed dorms and follow the mountain hut etiquette: Bring your own sleep sack, no boots inside, and so on. Posted on October 10, 2020 October 10, 2020 Rick: Arnaud. For the best of all worlds, arrive with enough light to see the views, then stay as it gets dark to see the lights. An angel weighs cute little souls while cheating demons yank on the scales. Holiday Sale: 50% off through 12/10/20 or while supplies last! You'll see models of medieval Paris, maps of the city over the centuries, paintings of Parisian scenes, French Revolution paraphernalia — including a small guillotine — and fully furnished rooms re-creating life in Paris in different eras. So, eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty, and the moment that anything feels uncomfortable — if it's your backpack, or your shoes — just stop and take care of it before you go on. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, I've-been-there experience. Just started watching this series on Netflix. Rick: So what's special about Lyon? Episode 101C: Alps of France and Switzerland. But the French love of fine living couldn't be kept down. Ignoring the flowers her servant brings from her last customer, this prostitute looks out as if to say, "Next…". Thanks for joining us. And apart from all its world-class attractions, millions of people call this city simply "home." From up above, on the observation deck, it's hard to imagine that just a few decades ago the glacier was so much higher, nearly filling this narrow valley. Okay, I have my escargot, and I just use this. The shorter Rick Steves Best of France guidebook focuses on France's top destinations and sights, is in full color, and is updated every other year. In about the year 1870, the Prussians (from Germany) were threatening the city. Despite being one of France's largest cities, Lyon has an old center that feels peaceful and manageable. To a generation hooked on technology, it was the marvel of its day…trumpeting progress and man's ingenuity. When we travel, we see and experience vivid examples of climate change. Most of the essential sights lie near the Notre Dame, between the Eiffel Tower, the Latin Quarter, and Montmartre — the city's highest point. Live TV Choose Station. Until next time, keep on travelin'. I'm Rick Steves. You know it's layered of cheese on top; it's wonderful. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Virginie: So here we have some Beaujolais. The sign reads: "Halt! From west to east, the first half of the path is elevated until the midway point, the pleasant Jardin de Reuilly (a good stopping point for most), then it continues on street level out to Paris' ring road, the périphérique. Arnaud: They'd say "Yes, sure,"…but it would come after the meal. Rick: OK. But my luggage is back in Chamonix — and I will be too, in time for dinner. They loved Italian arts and they brought paintings of Bellini, Botticelli, Mantegna, Caravaggio…. Rick: Steak tartare — very famous. It takes 6 days to produce one of Rick Steves' 30-minute PBS episodes. Very good. Rick: OK! Rick: Plat principal… Enjoy. Arnaud: Dancing all around the place. I hope you've enjoyed our look at this corner of France — the great city of Lyon, the mountain resort of Chamonix, and something new for me: a sample of a classic European long-distance hike. I'm meeting up with Cassandra Overby, author of Explore Europe on Foot and an expert on Europe's long-distance hikes. Rick: OK, the "principle plate." Hi, I'm Rick Steves, back with more of the best of Europe. It's clear why Lyon is the food capital of France. Episode 103C: France's Alsace. France, the biggest country in western Europe, has glorious Alps in the east. And, this being France, we'll dine well — hearty in the mountains, and fine in the city. Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. Written and hosted by best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves, each half-hour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-the-beaten-path discoveries. Inside, elaborate neo-Byzantine (late 1800s) mosaics tell stories of the Virgin. Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / France; Please sign in to post. Two ancient theaters spread out on the side of Fourvière Hill, adjacent to the Lugdunum Gallo-Roman Museum. Rick: Oh, looks good. The art of the Orsay takes you from 1848 to 1914. From there, the hike down to the receding "sea of ice" gets longer each year. Virginie: In the first century, the Roman city of Lyon had a population of 50,000 people — which is four times as big as Roman Paris. Arnaud: Oh, back to the 1600s, yes indeed. So, at a minimum, you need good shoes, some great layers, a solid backpack, and a good map. Chamonix is in the valley floor, the great city of Lyon's about an hour that way, and we're gonna see 'em all. It's a great walk by day, and even better at night, allowing you to tap into the city's increasingly global scene. Cassandra: Right. Look at these people; they've been here forever. Rick: Oui. This ornate, gleaming church fills your view as you arrive at the top of Lyon's Fourvière Hill. Today the Notre-Dame Cathedral marks the place where a Roman temple once stood. We're in France for this section, so it's "bonjour!". And it hides a lifetime of cultural delights. Whether it's après-ski or après-hike, the streets of Chamonix are always lively. And I'm eating what we call the quenelle. At the top of the hour, a five-minute display features thousands of sparkling lights (best viewed from Place du Trocadéro or the grassy park below). Enjoy some of these embarassing moments. Rick Steves' Europe Season 10 [26 words] This season's 12 episodes take you to Portugal, the Greek islands, Sicily, England, and Scotland — plus Europe's greatest festivals and Rick's top tips for cruising. Rick: Escargot! But today, we're heading back to Chamonix. Santé! Rick: So, Lyon is honeycombed with these? During World War II, we were the capital of the Résistance against the Nazi oppressor. see our FAQ. Rick: So, what is the French word for these little stalls? Her hand is a clamp. Personal chores are done upon arrival; then it's time to relax. In the 16th century, we were the capital of the Renaissance. From here the "City of Light" fans out at your feet. But the whole city of Paris is charming. With its café and university scene, Paris had long been a launch pad for bold new ideas. The bigger one was built under the reign of Emperor Augustus and expanded by Hadrian — at its zenith, it could hold 10,000 spectators. He built a little shack in the center of town and hung his paintings — basically thumbing his nose at the shocked public and his conservative critics. The place is strewn with paintings by Rembrandt, Botticelli, Uccello, Mantegna, Bellini, Boucher, and Fragonard — enough to make a painting gallery famous. The faithful petitioned her in times of trouble for both comfort and, through her intervention, God's mercy. In the huts, it's early to bed and early to rise. Virginie: Exactly. All of Rick's TV shows and specials in one DVD box set Rick Steves, America's leading authority on European travel, returns to transport viewers to the continent's bustling cities, quaint villages and picturesque countryside. The Place de la Révolution (or "Revolution Square"): It was here that the new-fangled guillotine, considered a humane form of execution in its day, was set up. Arnaud: It comes out eventually. This time we're exploring the wonders of Paris — magnificent — and, thanks to Monsieur Eiffel — riveting! It's about 1880 and Manet and his rat pack of conservatively dressed radicals gathered in Paris, pushing the creative envelope. The Tour du Mont Blanc is partly in wooded farmland and partly above the tree line in the company of glaciers. One of Europe's greatest collections of far-out modern art is housed in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, on the fourth and fifth floors of this colorful exoskeletal building. Rick: What is the history of the onion soup? Rick Steves' Europe is public television's most-watched, longest-running travel series. A cable car [gondola] descends, taking visitors closer to the glacier. Back then the vernacular languages, like French and German, were crude…good enough to handle your basic needs. Among countless peaks, you can pick out the perky Matterhorn in the distance. From the Aiguille du Midi, you can ride all the way back to Chamonix; or — way, way better — get off halfway down at Plan de l'Aiguille, where you'll find a scenic café, paragliders jumping off cliffs (except in July–Aug), and plenty of spots to just hang out in the sun. In 1785, Paris decided to make its congested city more spacious and sanitary by emptying the cemeteries — which traditionally surrounded churches — into this labyrinthine ossuary. This season features the Austrian, Italian, Swiss, and French Alps, two episodes on Egypt, and one on Ethiopia. Arnaud: Santé, Rick. Until next time, keep on travelin'. Above it all, a delightful ceiling — painted by Marc Chagall in the 1960s — frolics around an eight-ton chandelier. Rick: Such as? Cabanel's Birth of Venus is the quintessence of beauty. And, on an ice carving meant to call attention to climate change, tourists pose obliviously. The church is dedicated to "our lady" (or notre dame). It was, and construction commenced. To me, Paris is the capital of Europe. This is sacred, you know, for lunchtime — to stop for at least an hour. For many, Paris merits hiring a Parisian as your personal guide. 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