Discover France: Art, Shopping & Natural Rejuvenation

The 11th Annual Biennale de Lyon Contemporary Art Show.


Expanding its already culture-rich society, France continues to provide tourists a chance to explore the country a little further. With art exhibits in Lyon, shopping excursions in Paris and guilt-free relaxation in Cannes, France is catering to everyone.

Contemporary Art in Lyon The 11th Annual Biennale de Lyon Contemporary Art Show is running through Dec. 31 throughout four venues: La Sucriere, the Fondation Bullukian, the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and the T.A.S.E. factory. Showcasing 70 artists from around the world, the display will feature large-scale projects including sculptures, installations, videos and theatrical performances.

This year’s title is taken from W.B. Yeat’s poem Easter 1916 and is called “A Terrible Beauty is Born.” The theme is to evoke paradox and contradiction, with artists using these themes as inspiration for their works.

The Villa Florentine is an exclusive five-star hotel for travelers in need of a peaceful retreat after visiting the many exhibits. Based in the heart of Lyon, this former 17th century convent has now become a 28-room hotel offering a gourmet restaurant, and features an outdoor pool and terrace, sauna, steam bath and fitness room. Rates start at $343 per night.

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Shopping in Paris Beginning a month earlier than past years, the 6th Annual Shopping by Paris event will arrive just in time for the holiday season on Dec. 1. Hosted by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Shopping by Paris guide provides themed shopping itineraries geared to appeal to individual styles, such as “bobo chic,” “trendy,” “select,” “ethical ethnic” and “creative,” and also includes a list of recommended shops, cultural destinations, restaurants and bars. During this event, shoppers can take advantage of price reductions of up to 50 percent off at participating hotels and up to 20 percent off at participating restaurants.

Your clients will be impressed with a stay at the Plaza Athenee, one of eight five-star hotels in France that has been awarded the distinction of “Palace” hotel classification. The hotel features a selection of five award-winning restaurants and bars, and rooms are equipped with flat- and plasma-screen TVs, offering 120 TV channels, more than 5,000 songs, 200 films and 20 international radio channels. Rates start at $745 per night, sgl.

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Au Natural in Cannes Partnering with leading French fragrance house Annick Goutal, Hotel Martinez—part of Concorde Hotels & Resorts—has created a line of 100 percent organic and eco-friendly in-room amenities. Called the Organic Line, Hotel Martinez now provides its own custom-designed shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and soap.

The hotel’s Spa Martinez adds to the package with aims to provide total relaxation through treatments with expert beauty care products. Featuring 409 guestrooms, three restaurants, bar, kids’ club, fitness center, and pool, all alongside the picturesque Mediterranean Sea, there is plenty at Hotel Martinez to keep your clients feeling relaxed and refreshed. Rates start at $207 per night.

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