As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to restrict international movement, many of us around the world are slaking our thirst for travel by doing it virtually. Consider these five exceptional places in France.

The Louvre

“During this time of lockdown we have seen people embracing virtual travel to their dream destinations,” said Wouter Vermeulen, GM Southern Africa, Air France KLM. “And while it is no replacement for the real thing, it helps keep that travel dream alive.

“Many tourist hot spots and museums have created interactive versions of their offering to give travellers a glimpse into their unique exhibits,” he said.

Air France has shared some tips to help bring the magic of France into your own home right now.

The Louvre

It’s one of the most famous museums in the world and the Louvre has gone above and beyond to ensure that culture fundis are able to get a dose of its remarkable exhibitions from home. Through this remarkable virtual tour, they can explore and take in some of the most important pieces in history that sit proudly on display, like the Mona Lisa, Nike, Venus de Milo and countless more.

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The Fine Arts Museum Of Lyon

Lyon is an area of France rich in both history and culture, and one of its greatest attractions is The Fine Arts Museum Of Lyon. Housed in a centuries-old Benedictine convent, it holds some of the most significant fine art pieces in the country – which is why the museum is often nicknamed the ‘Little Louvre’. Now, thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can view 30 pieces from the museum from home.

Visit The Fine Arts Museum Of Lyon virtually here. 

Musée d’Orsay

While The Louvre is certainly Paris’ most famous museum, the Musée d’Orsay continues to be one of the city’s most magical cultural hot spots. It is housed in what used to be an old railway station and a hotel before it was turned into the remarkable museum it is today, housing spectacular French furniture, paintings, photographs, and sculptures from artists like Renoir, Monet, Degas, Manet, and van Gogh.

Visit Musée d’Orsay virtually here.

The Lascaux Caves

While the French arts scene is known for housing some of the finest art known to man, it also offers a glimpse into what life was like thousands of years ago when cave art was still a prominent way of expression. The Lascaux Caves, situated near the village of Montignac, is home to some of the earliest cave paintings in the world. It contains nearly 6,000 figures that can be grouped into three main categories: animals, human figures and abstract signs, and gives us a glimpse of what human life was like roughly 20,000 years ago.

Visit The Lascaux Caves virtually here. 

Musée l’Orangerie

Fans of the renowned French painter Monet are in for a treat as Musée l’Orangerie, which houses the artist’s famous Water Lilies mural, gives fans an inside look at Monet’s monumental piece. The museum invites travellers to take part in a virtual walk in the two oval rooms of the artist’s world-famous Water Lilies series, which was designed between 1915 and 1926 in Giverny – a village in the region of Normandy in northern France where Monet lived and worked from 1883 until his death in 1926. With an incredible zoom function, visitors can get up close and personal to every brushstroke this incredible artist used to create one of his career-defining projects.

Visit Musée l’Orangerie virtually here.