France is famous for its wine, culture, language and cuisine. Actually, many movies and books have been written to provide us all with a glimpse of Paris, also popularly known as the city of lights. But France goes beyond its beautiful streets and its metropolitan lifestyle – France is landscape and hospitality, France is countryside and nature, France is fun and relaxation. There are numerous unexplored destinations in France that offers plenty to those looking for a quaint and cozy place.
Places to Go
Famous For Its Museums and Monuments
Paris is one of the most visited cities of the world. The Eiffel Tower is considered the most gorgeous structure on the globe. Paris is also ranked as one of the most accessible cities in the world. In fact, one can take the metro to all the top tourist destinations in France e.g. the Grande Arched de la Defense, the Arc de Triomphe or the Notre Dame cathedral. There are also some magnificent museums to explore such as Musee Marmottan, Muse Carnavalet, the Arab Institute, Musee Rodin, the Musee Picasso, the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre, just to name a few.
From Paris you can take the TGV train to Loire valley which is located west of France. Loire valley is known for its lush green country side, quite roads, majestic Oaks and meandering streams. It offers numerous leisure and sporting activities. The city of Tours and Orleans, famous in this region, are known for its spectacular and classy restaurants, hotels and inns that are located on an old-fashioned cobblestone street.
It is characterized by some sandy beaches which are located along the Atlantic Ocean. From here you can travel to England through the Eurotunnel that connect Coquilles/Calais to Folk stone, England. Pas-de-Calais region is blessed with rolling hills, gentle meadows and contrasting forests in the extensive countryside. Lille is the main city here and is home to business schools, gothic churches, the 17th century stock exchange and some fine arts museums.
You can also travel East from Paris to Champagne, a region famous for (you’ve guessed it!) Champagne. Numerous tours to champagne production sites and vineyard outside Reims are available. Burgundy, which is a 90 minutes’ drive from Paris, is popular for its famous wine, colorful roofs and architecture.
South West France
It is a region popular for its rich history. Bordeaux in Aquitaine is known for wine production, but Aquitaine is historically known for being the center of the conflict between England and France that lasted for several centuries. Nowadays, the fortified castles and villages that were built at that time, has become a popular tourist destination. Apart from the vineyards, Bordeaux has plenty of cultural and traditional events e.g. theater and music festivals.
Located between the Mediterranean sea and Alps, Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur is a must visit place in southern France. Found here is Marseille, an active port with a vibrant local atmosphere; Avignon a heavenly town of cafes, fashionable shops and art galleries; St. Tropez, popular for its beauty and glamour and Montpelier, a beautiful and bubbly university town with mansions and town squares.
The French Riviera
It is popularly known for the Cannes festivals, provides travelers and visitors with electrifying party towns such as Cannes and Nice as well as peaceful areas such as Cap Ferret, Manton or Beaulieu. Grasse, popularly known as the perfume capital of the world, offer tour travels that provides visitors with the opportunity to learn how perfumes are made.
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