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This is Paris of the Late 19th century, the Belle Époque, with Mr. Eiffel's
Tower in the distance past the mansard roofs small shops on the Bois de Boulogne.
Impressions de France, a widescreen film shown in the palatial Palais du Cinéma,
is the star attraction here. Borrowing from the impressionists, it takes us
on a tour of France that is more a study in scenes (the Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Cannes and the Mediterranean, the French Alps) than an organized travelogue. The 200 degree vistas, projected on five
giant screens, are beautiful, and so is the music -- the work of some of France's finest
classical composers. (The air-conditioned theater is also great place to be on a hot summer afternoon).
Les Chefs de France, managed by French Chefs Paul Bocuse, Roger Vergé, and Gaston Lenôtre, may be
one of Epcot's most popular restaurants. Reservations, as far in advance as possible, are a must. The fare
is French nouvelle cuisine, prepared by a staff trained by the Chefs. Unfortunately,
popularity also brings rather high prices with it, and sometimes an assembly line quality to the food.
Bistro de Paris, located above Chefs de France and managed by the same trio, is a more exclusive and intimate spot offering a pricy bistro inspired menu. Reservations in advance a must.
Boulangerie Patissererie, also managed by the Chefs de France, is a wonderful pastry shop
perfect for a snack or dessert. Just try passing it by after catching that
wonderful bakery scent on the breeze.
Shopping includes the Plume et Palette, for miniatures, prints, and
artsy things, Les Vins de France, for French wines, La Signature, offering Guerlain perfumes and cosmetics, L'esprit de la Provence, kitchen accessories from the south of France, and
Souvenirs de France, at the film's exit, for touristy souvenirs.
From France you can turn left (as you face World Showcase Lagoon) to visit The United Kingdom or right to visit Morocco.