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1 His­to­rial de Jeanne d’arc, Rouen

More an in­ter­ac­tive jour­ney than a mu­seum, the His­to­rial de Jeanne d’arc ex­plores the myths sur­round­ing France’s na­tional hero­ine and in­vites visi­tors to play an ac­tive role in her story. The high-tech ex­pe­ri­ence is based on records of her trial and is played out in the arch­bishop’s palace, where some of the hear­ings took place. Each room fo­cuses on a par­tic­u­lar part of Joan’s short life. Ad­mis­sion €10.50, closed Mon­days. 7 Rue Saint-ro­main, 76000 Rouen Tel: (Fr) 2 35 52 48 00 his­to­

2 Mai­son de Ge­orge Sand, No­hant-vic

This 18th-cen­tury house stands in stun­ning gar­dens and was the au­thor’s child­hood home and later her writ­ing haven. Many artists, writ­ers and mu­si­cians came to stay in­clud­ing Franz Liszt, Honoré de Balzac and Gus­tave Flaubert, as well as her lover, Chopin. Visit the gar­dens and park on a self­guided tour and pause in the tea­rooms. Tours of the house are by reser­va­tion only and in French, although groups can book an English guide. Ad­mis­sion €8, open daily. 2 Place Sainte-anne, 36400 No­hant-vic Tel: (Fr) 2 54 31 06 04 mai­son-ge­

3 Musée Curie, Paris

Find out about the work of dou­ble No­bel lau­re­ate Marie Curie and her hus­band Pierre at this mu­seum ded­i­cated to their re­search into ra­dioac­tiv­ity and ra­dio­ther­apy. You can visit the lab­o­ra­tory and of­fice, and the small, peace­ful gar­den, which houses tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions. The gar­den pro­vided a sanc­tu­ary for the sci­en­tist whose work would claim her health and even­tu­ally her life. Ad­mis­sion free, do­na­tion box at en­try. Open Wed-sat 1pm-5pm. 1 Rue Pierre et Marie Curie 75005 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 56 24 55 33

4 Les Deux Magots, Paris

Si­mone de Beau­voir could of­ten be seen at the ta­bles of this Left-bank café, which was a favourite haunt of artists, writ­ers and in­tel­lec­tu­als – and has an an­nual lit­er­ary prize in its name. Stop by for a cof­fee on the ter­race and watch the world go by, sip an ear­lyevening apéri­tif or come late for a night­cap, and strike up your own philo­soph­i­cal de­bate in the heart of the City of Light. Open 7.30am-1am. 6 Place Saint-ger­main-desPrés 75006 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 45 48 55 25 les­deux­

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