Joan of Arc's France in Orleans
As the old stomping ground of France's female heroine, Joan of Arc, it's no surprise that the city of Orleans will be celebrating the 600th anniversary of her birth.2015-12-28
As the old stomping ground of France's female heroine, Joan of Arc, it's no surprise that the city of Orleans will be celebrating the 600th anniversary of her birth. Now is the perfect time for guests staying at villas in France to take a short trip to the stunning locale, which is situated in the center of the country and filled with historic buildings. Despite its archaic appearance, however, the city has entered the 21st century with a contemporary vibe, welcoming younger generations to a new line of sleek restaurants and clubs. If the forward-thinking Joan of Arc lived here today, she'd probably be the life of the party once again.
Shopping for Antiquity
The ornate and grandiose architecture in Orleans might give you a taste for antiquity. As you're walking through the streets gazing up at the illustrious structures, try to find Bric-a-Brac, located on rue de Bourgogne, which sells rare porcelains and one-of-a-kind housewares dating back more than 100 years. All of the items at this store are restored to their former glory and demand top dollar. From alabaster chandeliers and wrought iron gates to vitrines owned by Louis XV himself, you may find yourself shipping home goods fit for royalty.
The entire Bourgogne strip is dotted with antique shops, so keep your eyes peeled for the item you want most.
Stepping back further at the Maison de Jeanne d'Arc Museum
Want to get to know France's heroine on a personal level? At the Maison de Jeanne d'Arc museum, you'll walk through a replica of the small house where she lived during the Orleans battles. This interactive gallery combines today's conveniences with accurate architectural features and relics from her glorious past. As a mere teenager,Joan of Arc led hundreds of people to fight, which eventually resulted in her martyrdom.
You can also walk to the massive St. Croix Cathedral, where the Catholic Joan of Arc once prayed. With towering stained glass depicting her dramatic life, the cathedral is a must-visit for all history buffs.
Even Saints Have to Eat
At the Michelin-rated Le Lievre Gourmand, you'll have the chance to eat some of the best meat in the world either raw or cooked. These thin strips of beef practically melt on your tongue the moment you take a bite, and it's customary to eat them either raw or just barely cooked. Hailing from Australia, chef William Page concocts incredible and exotic dishes, including kangaroo, and as the only Michelin-rated restaurant in the city, Le Lievre Gourmand would impress even Joan of Arc herself.