The French Royalty built their magnificent homes in the most beautiful valley in France. Each tried to outdo the last in terms of opulence and grandeur. Visit these grand palaces and vast gardens. Bike or hot air balloon over this region. Seeing the beaches at Normandy and the cemeteries of those who lost their lives will greatly enhance your understanding of WWII. In Paris, go beyond the huge museums and gourmet meals. Take a night cruise down the Seine, see a fashion show, or learn to bake French pastries.