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TRAVEL in size, while a host of smaller galleries

and studio spaces showcase work from

local artists. � e impressive Cité du

Design has repurposed the former national

arms factory site with striking results.

A 20-minute drive from the city is the

Le Corbusier complex in Fiminy, where

the famed modernist architect built a

complex of weirdly wonderful buildings.

� e city's stadium, nicknamed Le

Chaudron ('the cauldron'), seats 42,000.

saint-etiennetourisme.com

WHERE TO EAT Insens restaurant

boasts a Bib Gourmand award from

Michelin and serves sophisticated dishes

(insens-restaurant.fr; menus from €20).

WHERE TO DRINK Enjoy drinks

and tapas at Les Contrebandiers wine bar

(2 Rue des Fossés).

WHERE TO STAY � e modern Hôtel

du Golf, a fi ve-minute walk from the

city centre, has 48 rooms and suites

(hoteldugolf42.com; rooms from €125).

GETTING THERE � e shortest journey

time via Paris is 6 hours 15 minutes.

Return fares from £117 per person

(voyages-sncf.com, 0844 848 5848).

TOULOUSE

• Wales vs Russia, 20 June

• one last 16 tie

WHAT TO DO Toulouse, known as the

'Pink City' on account of its terracotta

bricks, is the perfect place to sightsee, shop

and watch the world go by from a café

terrace. Head to the huge Place du Capitole

in the centre of the old town, before

wandering on to admire the Basilique

Saint Sernin, a stop on the pilgrim route

to Santiago de Compostela. � e city's

aeronautics industry is celebrated at the

new Musée Aeroscopia and the Cité de

l'espace space museum. � e renovated

33,000-seat stadium is on the Île du

Grand Ramier south of the city centre.

toulouse-tourisme.com

WHERE TO EAT Les Jardins de

l'Opéra is chef Stéphane Tournié's

elegant Michelin-star restaurant

(lesjardinsdelopera.fr; menus from €32).

WHERE TO DRINK No.5 Wine Bar is

an innovative bar off ering top-class wines

by the glass from a nifty serve-yourself

dispenser system (n5winebar.com).

WHERE TO STAY � e fi v e - s t a r

La Cour des Consuls is housed in a

16th-century mansion in the old town

(mgallery.com; rooms from €168).

GETTING THERE � e shortest journey

time via Paris is just under 9 hours.

Return fares from £121 per person

(voyages-sncf.com, 0844 848 5848).

PARIS

• Northern Ireland vs Germany, 21 June

• two last 16 ties

• one quarter-fi nal tie

• the fi nal

WHAT TO DO Paris will be at the heart

of the Euro 2016 championship, with

all teams vying to reach the fi nal at the

Stade de France on 10 July. For those

wishing to tick off the classic attractions

in one hit, the Paris Pass gains you entry

to more than 60 museums, galleries and

monuments (parispass.com, from €129).

It also lets you ride for free on the city's

transport system. Check out the new

Picasso Museum or admire the Fondation

Louis Vuitton, Frank Gehry's glass-sailed

cultural centre on the edge of the Bois de

Boulogne. Matches will be played at the

city's two stadiums, the Parc des Princes

and Stade de France. en.parisinfo.com

WHERE TO EAT Skip the queues and

enjoy the Eiff el Tower in style by booking

a table at the Jules Verne restaurant on

the second level (lejulesverne-paris.com;

menus from €105).

WHERE TO DRINK Get a bird'seye

view of the city and Montmartre at

rooftop bar Le Perchoir (leperchoir.fr).

WHERE TO STAY L'Htel was once the

home of Oscar Wilde. Today it is a cosy and

discreet 20-room hotel with Michelin-star

restaurant (l-hotel.com; rooms from €324).

GETTING THERE

Travel to Paris on Eurostar in 2 hours 20

minutes. Return fares from £69 per person

(voyages-sncf.com, 0844 848 5848).

CLOCKWISE, FROM MAIN PHOTO: PARIS'S LOUVRE

PYRAMIDE; THE CITÉ DE L'ESPACE MUSEUM IN

TOULOUSE; LES JARDINS DE L'OP ÉRA, TOULOUSE

Paris will be at the heart of Euro 2016,

with the fi nal at the Stade de France

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