“Savoir-faire” Tourism

Marseille’s soaps, Limoge’s porcelain, perfumes of Provence, Guérande sea salt or the collections of the fashion houses in Paris… just some random examples of the immense diversity of French know- how, or “savoir-faire”.

With France’s reputation for excellence already renowned around the globe and the image of France as a nation of luxury and “art de vivre”, greatly contributing to the nation’s appeal, many a visitor comes today to investigate the techniques, skills, traditions and functions of a craft or industrial sector; through workshop and enterprise visits.

USPs

  • Caters to all types of travellers: individual and groups, young and old, groups of friends and family guests.
  • Very broad diversity of the sectors of activity concerned and geographical locations.
  • An authentic experience, including discovery of the territory and encounters with the locals; an original and lively way to discover France.

KEY FIGURES

  • French art workshops and businesses attract more than 12-million visitors each year, including one million foreigners.
  • In 2012, more than 5,000 companies opened their doors to the public in France. Among them, half are open to the public throughout the year.
  • Craft work represents about 20% of visits.

CARCASSONNE: 2 WORLD HERITAGE SITES

The Medieval City of Carcassonne (3rd – 14th centuries) is the largest medieval site in Europe on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Built over the ruins of a roman fortress, the “Cité” of Carcassonne became famous during the crusades against the heretics, when the city was one of the headquarters of Occitan Cathars.

Nowadays, behind the walls composed by a double ring of ramparts and 52 towers and barbicans, the castle sits overlooking the surrounding area. The Old City offers visitors an intricate network of narrow streets with small terraces, quaint cafés, charming restaurants and hotels as well as numerous cultural events throughout the year.

Near the Bastide Saint-Louis, the Canal du Midi, built in the 17th century to link the Atlantic and Mediterranean, flows through a region steeped in history. A boating holiday on the Canal du Midi is a unique experience to find “serenity”.

MANKIND IS EVOLVING – AT THE MUSÉE DE L’HOMME IN PARIS

A journey through the discovery of Mankind, from its origins to its future

The Musée de l’Homme presents prehistoric, biological and cultural anthropology collections all in the same place, as well as being a centre for teaching and research on the evolution of Mankind and society. The exhibition draws on priceless collections: fossils of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon men, Paleolithic statuettes, anatomical wax- models…

The prehistoric and anthropologic collections at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris are among the largest in the world. You will find both elements of knowledge and understanding, and also discover that other cultures have different approaches to these questions, different reflections on our cultures, and other responses to them.

A PLACE TO DEBATE, AN OPEN SPACE FOR ALL
This privileged place addresses the major questions of Human Science today. Enjoy vast areas of exchange and activities: atrium, auditorium, resource centre, and educational workshops.