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In France, people often say, everything ends up as a song. In the 1950s, while Edith Piaf was warbling about the skies of Paris, Charles Trenet was merrily singing the praises of the Nationale 7, that picturesque road so many French people took as they headed « down to the Mediterranean coast ».
These two legendary places, the city of lights and the Côte d’Azur, have attracted millions of visitors every year, making la Douce France the world’s top tourist destination. But let’s not forget about the diversity of this land anchored on the European continent and stretching out towards the Atlantic Ocean. « I think there is no other country in the world with so many contradictions as France » said Voltaire.
Indeed, what do the steep roofs in the North have in common with the terraced roofs of the South? And how does the windswept, legendary land of Brittany, so close to its Anglo-Saxon friends, compare with the colourful Basque Country reaching down towards Spain?
While visiting France you’ll learn about its one ocean, three seas and the eight countries and neighbouring principalities that have shaped its way of thinking without ever really jeopardizing its legendary « French chauvinism ». Whatever your destination, a host of delicious gastronomic treats await you in the country’s different regions, including many wines and cheeses. Another great reason to explore France from top to bottom!

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France : Must-see towns and regions

  • Provence

    What better way to depict Provence than as a realm of the senses? The Mediterranean’s ‘‘cloudless shores’’ and ‘‘golden islands bathed in light’’, evoked in song by Tino Rossi, have been the muse for ...

  • Brittany

    Which path will you take to explore Brittany? Will you follow the missing sailors along the wild and beautiful coast of Armor that can be terrifying in high winds? Or would you rather hike down the pa...

  • Paris

    Paris, the capital of France, arose from the river which now provides a superb panoramic view of the famous monuments to be admired there. But, apart from the great museums, the superb monuments, the ...

  • Châteaux of the Loire

    The castles in the Loire Valley look like a vision straight out of a fairytale with their many lanterns, gables, dormer windows, columns, lofty chimneys, turrets and pinnacles! Chambord, Chenonceau ...

  • French Riviera and Monaco

    From Bandol and its famous vineyards overlooking the sea to Menton, known for its lemons and warm climate, the French Riviera at the dawn of the 21st century is still a place that people dream about...

  • Burgundy Jura

    Burgundy is a land with a long history and is full of little castles, churches and abbeys with multi-coloured roofs. In the 15C the Duke of Burgundy, the mortal enemy of Louis XI, made a lasting mark...

  • Auvergne Rhone Valley

    Auvergne is not only the geographical centre of France, it is also its heart and in some ways its soul too! This is the birthplace of Vercingétorix, the great leader of the Gauls who organised the res...

  • Dordogne Berry Limousin

    If ‘‘the heartland of France’’ is what you’re looking for, try a trip through these three regions that are right next to each other and yet so different!
    Why not go from north to south, starting with
    ...

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