At Epcot it’s possible to revisit the streets of Paris and the provinces of France during La Belle Epoque. The impressive gardens, detailed architecture and fine boutiques of the France Pavilion are all inspired by ‘the beautiful time’. Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte was one of the main influences for the lovely park that borders the pavilion’s canal.

Epcot’s version of the Eiffel Tower was recreated at one-tenth the scale of the original. The genius of forced perspective is what allows the tower to appear taller and farther away than it is.

The charming central courtyard was also designed to appear much longer.  The fountain and planters – wider at the front – gradually narrow and lengthen, leading the eye to the back of the pavilion and to the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

There is more fine shopping to be found at the France Pavilion than any other in the World Showcase. With six specialty stores – including the only Givenchy boutique in the United States – you’re sure to find something wonderful to remind you of a dreamy day in Paris.

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