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464km (288 miles) SE of Paris; 35km (22 miles) NE of Lyon

Photogenic Pérouges sits on a hilltop throne northeast of Lyon. Ever since “The Three Musketeers” film put medieval Pérouges on the international map in 1961, this thousand-person village has attracted tourists and movie crews. Tourism has caused excessive prices in local restaurants so consider taking a picnic instead. You may also want to bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes; the cobblestone streets are slippery when it rains and from the train station, it is a 20-min. walk into central Pérouges.