La belle France! A rich impressionist painting of beauty and joie de vivre, this expansive country has everything that the heart could desire; from the lush green landscapes of the north to the beautiful white coastal stretches of the French Riviera in the south. France is the urban chic of Paris and Lyon, the rolling lavender fields of Provence, the winding Loire Valley and the snow-capped Alps and rugged Pyrenees — and that, mon ami, is only the beginning.
In the proud capital of Paris, lose yourself in marvellous architecture and historical monuments, wide boulevards, green parks and cobbled, old-fashioned streets populated by cafés and quaint shops. Apart from visits to the main attractions of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tower, The Arc de Triomphe and the Notre Dame Cathedral, the city has plenty of gems hiding in plain sight around every corner. See the Louvre and the Sacré-Coeur lit up at night, gaze across the vast city from the top of the Montparnasse Tower and listen to the leaves rustling against a gentle breeze at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, where numerous famous figures have been laid to rest. Spend an afternoon exploring the adorable narrow streets in the Montmartre-, Belleville- and Le Marais areas, and don’t forget to sample the local street food, a delicious reminder of France’s great cultural and gastronomical allure.
If you are seeking sun and escapes to the sea, then head south to the luxurious resorts scattered along the French Riviera. Favoured by holidaymakers for centuries, this area is fully tuned towards meeting the needs and wishes of its visitors. Gaze across the glistening waters of the Mediterranean along promenades in Cannes, Nice and Antibes. If you find yourself in Monte Carlo and Monaco, then why not see the tiny principality from above via a helicopter tour before hitting the famous casinos? For less adrenaline-fueled experiences you can scale the steep hills on foot and gaze out across the Mediterranean from the Jardin Exotique. Alternatively, you can head out of town for the day and visit the former papal residence of Avignon, as well as the breath-taking medieval castle Carcasonne.
Visiting France will allow you to discover the passion and the pride of the country, from the food (oh, the glorious French food — from coq au vin and seafood in the south to steak frites in Paris), to the beautiful sights and the landscapes. Every region has its own identity, but common throughout the country is the French pace of life, an art form in which the locals are true masters.
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