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France – A short Travel Guide

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France, a popular destination for tourists all over, has something for everyone. From the glamorous and beautiful beaches, to majestic and beautiful castles to one of the most beautiful panoramic countryside. The expansive boulevards of Paris, the timeless colour of the Loire Valley and the beautiful slopes of the Alps. Gourmet restaurants of Lyon and the rocky charm of Corsica. A perfect place for travellers from all across.

Known for its high fashion style, historical riches and definitely the haute cuisine, Paris is in a way the melting pot of France. The country produces over 360 different variety of cheese. France is also famous for its cafe culture, and people here gather to talk sipping over coffee.

 

Here is a list of popular places and associated activities that France has to offer.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a pretty, picture-perfect fortified French city with numerous monuments from different eras. This city is basically two cities in one. The walled city, set high up on a hill and the lower town. City`s ancient fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site set atop the plains of the lower town. One can see typically French bars, cafes, restaurants, shops and boutiques. It’s a favourite with Film Makers as a shooting destination.

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Cave of Lascaux

Cave of Lascaux is the Paleolithic cave paintings, discovered accidentally by a group of teenagers in 1940. These cave paintings are situated in southwestern of France and are considered one of the world's best examples of prehistoric art. The cave contains approximately 2,000 images, such as images of animals, human figures and abstract symbols. The images of reindeer, bulls and horses which are 15,000 years old images, believed to be some of the best. But due to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide produced by visitors had visibly damaged the paintings. As a result caves were closed in 1963 for public view. Therefore, a replica of the original caves were made and opened to the public in 1983, known as Lascaux II. Here, must watch the two most popular parts of the original caves, the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery.

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Loire Valley

This charming city lies in the middle stretch of the Loire River and one of the best ways to enjoy around the Loire Valley is by cycling through the city`s medieval chateaux and dazzling wine region. The calmness and gentle pace of this city has attracted numerous artists, writers, day dreamers and nature lovers over the years. Even cyclists love this place too. One can notice beautiful array of vineyards, fruit orchards (like cherries and artichoke) and asparagus fields on the banks of the river.

 

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Hike in Corsica

Corsica is a beautiful mountainous island of France in the Mediterranean Sea. Almost two-thirds of this island is made of mountains, hence one would find one of Europe` s most notable hiking trails here. Enthusiast hikers would love to trek in wild mountains, walking along rugged sea-shores and find ancient heritage. One would find long distance walking paths as well as shorter walks. Its hiking trails are among the most celebrated in Europe.

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Paris

Paris is the capital and largest city of France lies in the northern region of France. It is considered one of the greenest and most livable cities of Europe. Today, Paris is one of the world` s leading business and cultural centres, as well as it hosts numerous historical sites including some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Most famous Parisian landmarks are the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Sacre-Coeur and Notre Dame Cathedral. Other tourist attractions are the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Le Marais, Montmartre and Quartier Latin. One can not miss, Avenue Montaigne, which is a home to world` s most luxurious brand labels like Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy. Then at Montparnasse and Montmartre visit well known artists` studios, café life and music halls. This city also has numerous well known museums, most largest and most tourist visited art museum is Louvre Museum, notice art works like world famous Mona Lisa, works by Pablo Picasso and many more. One must also see Cathedrals like Notre Dame de Paris and the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, which are major tourist attraction. There are many Parks and Gardens here too, such as Tuileries Garden and Luxembourg Garden. Paris also has gorgeous Opera Houses, well known are the Opera Garnier and modern Opera Bastiille where one can experience classic as well as modern ballets and operas. Disneyland of Paris is also worth enjoying. City is also popular for its films, sports and cuisines.


Provence

Provence is a traditional region of southeast France on the Mediterranean, is famous for its beautiful countryside and as well as for its historical romance. One would find medieval hilltop villages, roads lined with signature plane trees, to purple color miles of fields with lavender and then the dramatic Calanques stretching almost 20 km long in the cliffs. This charming region is also surrounded by Western Europe` s largest river delta, the Camargue, which is a home to variety of bird species. One can not miss Garrigue (a type of low, soft-leaved shrubland) here, which is a typical landscape of Provence with thickly populated shrubs like sage, rosemary, thyme and by dense trees of kermes oak, juniper and holm oaks. Visit remarkable historic places like the remains of the ancient Harbor of Massalia, near the Old Port of Marseille, the Roman arena, Pont du Gard(bridge of the Gard) with striking three tiers of arches, the Church of Saint Trophime, Palais des Papes (medieval Gothic palace), the Chateau of Rene and the spectacular Sisteron situated in a narrow gap between two long mountain ridges. Hence, one will find foot steps of world famous artists who breathed and painted in this pretty place such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and many more.


Ski the Alps

Ski the Alps through alpine pastures, charming villages, gorgeous glaciers, plenty of diverse terrain and up to snow-capped peaks. The French Alps have some of the most renowned ski resorts in Europe such as Chamonix and Courchevel. At La Grave, only experts are recommended with a guide.


Visit a wine region

France is the world` s largest wine producer and so one would find French wine is being produced almost throughout the France. French production ranges from economical and simple versions to some of world` s most well known and expensive examples. Hence, quality levels and prices vary tremendously. All common styles of wine are produced in France like red, rose, white (dry, semi-sweet and sweet) sparkling and fortified. The main wine producing regions are Alsace, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Bourgogne (Burgundy), Champagne, Corsica, Jura, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Provence, Savoy and South West France. So, visiting France means a must visit to wine region.

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