IF you are a fan of railways and the era of steam then Mulhouse, in the east of France, presents a city within a city: the Cité du Train, a new rail museum.
Created by experienced stage designers the museum features modern technology to highlight the theatrical majesty of the great locomotives and routes of the past.
It uses audiovisual displays, spectacular lighting and special effects to present the museum’s enviable collection of classic engines and carriages
Highlights include Empress Eugenie’s parlour car from the imperial train, as decorated by Viollet-le-Duc (restorer of the mediaeval city of Carcassonne).
Or take a look at the PRI, for nearly half the 20th century official train of France’s head of state, with its art deco styling and Lalique glass panels, as well as the Bugatti Presidential with four world record beating Bugatti engines from 1937.
The Cité du Train museum is just 10 minutes from Mulhouse railway station and opens daily. Admission is €9 for adults, €4.50 for children, with family tickets available for €27.
Read how I save when transferring money 💶
Visit This French Life Currency Services to find out why I don't use a bank when I send euros to France.
Hire a car in France - deals, advice and driving tips
Be it Paris or Perigueux; Bergerac or Nice after using the services of partner website autoeurope.co.uk you will soon be zipping along the autoroute.
Books on France - reviews and author interviews
Take a browse over these books about France and read some reviews and interviews.