This summer, please stay in France. This is the correct way to enjoy seeing locations you would not have considered. Or that we have never taken the time to go and see it. And that we’ve never really heard of?

We wanted to surprise you, and we worked our brains: we know that our readers, just like us, are really curious (curiosity is one of the qualities we highly appreciate as candidates). Some of the locations selected are famous, and others aren’t that famous. But they’re all impressive. We made our Top 12 after careful thought by classifying these visits according to four passions: architecture, literature, nature and curiosity … Of course, this choice is very random, it’s Elaee’s. Perhaps anything else you might quote?

UNUSUAL Locations FOR Lovers of Architecture

Unesco Unesco
It is a three-armed star-shaped building that welcomes you to 7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris 7. It is the UNESCO headquarters, built in 1958, a landmark work that has remained as it had in its early days. With its star-shaped sky and its 20 concrete beams, you can enter the IX conference room, walk in the park, and admire the works of art during the visit (Miro, Calder, Giacometti, Noguchi …). Are you aware? Unesco.org Unesco.org

The Radiant Town
The building that rests on stilts, built by Le Corbusier 66 years ago, turned its 340 housing units into a revolution in the idea of collective housing and habitat. All the developments proposed by the imaginative architect were highly criticized at the time. The Cité Radieuse, listed today as a historical landmark, still welcomes families. Built as a vertical village comprising numerous “streets” (floors), with shops and a public swimming pool, it is a gem of brutalism recognised all over the world that you can visit, passing by the 3rd and 4th floors of the vintage hotel, bar and restaurant. The rooftop gymnasium has been an art center, the MAMO, in the sky, designed by Ora-ïto, since 2013. 280, bd Michelet, Marseille 13008

The International Art and Landscape Center Vassivière
The island of Vassivière is situated on the border of Creuse and Haute-Vienne, in the Thousand Vaches Natural Park, 60 km from Limoges. You will find a contemporary art center devoted to the relationship between the environment and contemporary visual arts in the center of 80 hectares of greenery. You can marvel at a series of 64 open-air sculptures that represent the great movements of contemporary sculpture, situated between forests, meadows and the lakeside. With Adel Abdessemed, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Vladimir Skoda in particular … ciapiledevassiviere.com

Abbé Fouré’s sculpted rocks
At Rothéneuf, near Saint-Malo, Abbé Fouré, deaf and mute at the end of the 19th century, sculpted a whole family of 16th century pirates. No less than 300 stone sculptures, all in 25 years, were made by this hermit who lived entrenched in these reefs. Awesome. Vigorizing. Rochersrotheneuf.worpdpress.com Presse

ART LOVERS Rare Locations

Museum of Robert Tatin

Here, too, is the lair of an amazing artist who fused religious, Gothic and Mayan art to create a very strange location, surrounded by works of reinforced cement: the garden of meditation, the route of the giants, the field of sculpture, the labyrinth of plants … to be seen in Cossé-le-Vivien, Mayenne. Www.musee-the-robert-tatin.fr

The Château La Coste art center
Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano and Jean-Michel Wilmotte, sorry. So much for the commissioned architects for the house. The artists chosen to disseminate their works inside the vast expanse (currently numbering 36) are also among the most prominent internationally: Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Sean Scully, Lee Ufan, Tom Shannon, Andy Goldsworthy … All this constitutes a magnificent wine estate not far from Aix-en-Provence, mixing art and architecture. The (crazy) dream of Patrick McKillen, a discreet (and rich) Irishman. You want a little rosé from the estate? https:/chateau-la-coste.com/the-coste.com
Do not skip the wonderful visit to the art center of the Carmignac Foundation on the island of Porquerolles, in the same spirit as the dream of creative grandeur created by a millionaire. Guaranteed enchantment. HTTPS: https:/www.fondationcarmignac.com/com

Cheval Palace Postman
I built a fantasy, a fairy palace to distract my thoughts … “A beautiful story that you will see in the film, that of this postman called Cheval, who collected small pebbles between 1879 and 1912 for 33 years, to create this together as his Ideal Palace.” This wonder, an icon of naive art and admired by the Surrealists, is found in Hauterives in the Drôme, and consists of horses, waterfalls, giants and temples. With its amazing visual power and enchantment, it is shocking. A lifetime’s work for a special location and, above all, an original experience. http:/www.facteurcheval.com/facteurcheval.com