France is an amazing to country to visit. Ranging from the vast mountains of the Pyrenees to the pretty Loire valley meadows and the beautiful Dordogne valley woodlands to the snowy peaks of the Alps. As well as the scenery, the French culture is wonderful and there places of interest for visitors with all tastes.
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French Arts and Architecture
There are an incredible amount of interesting places to visit in France. A visit to the capital city, Paris, should include seeing the amazing structure of the Eiffel Tower along with the beautiful Classical styled Pantheon and Arc de Triomphe. The stunning architecture of the Louvre Pyramid and Institut du Monde Arabe are a must see. Beautiful places to see also include the Mosque and Place des Vosges, along with the lovely gardens of the Hotel de Soubise. The city’s parks, the Jardin des Plantes and the Luxembourg, are lovely to walk through and relax in.
Paris is of course known world over for its art and fashion and for a long time has been considered the avant garde in these areas. There are many art galleries and art museums to see, some of which are said to be the best in the world, including the Musee du Louvre and the Pompidou Centre Musee d’Orsay. The Musee du Louvre houses and wonderful collection of art ranging from ancient times to the 19th century and paintings there include the Mona Lisa. The Musée d’Orsay, has a collection of art from the 19th to the early 20th century with prestigious Impressionist and Art Nouveau pieces and works by Degas and Monet are but some of the paintings there. The Musee National d’Art Moderne in the Pompidou Centre is the biggest modern art museum in Europe.
There is always plenty of entertainment in Paris, including live jazz and cinema. Along the River Seine, there are numerous restaurants and bars to sample and the quarters in Paris each have a different atmosphere. Montmartre is relatively laid back whilst Bourse and Opera-Garnier are much busier.
Disneyland Resort in Paris is of course a wonderful place to visit, providing hours and hours of fun and adventure for all the family.
There are many outstanding cathedrals to see in France with absolutely stunning architecture. Notre Dame in Paris is one of the best known cathedrals. Its imposing Gothic style from the 12th century, with its gargoyles decorating the cathedral, is awe inspiring and the whole building can be viewed in its entirety as it stands on an island in the River Seine. The Cathedral Notre-Dame in Rouen is also a wonderful structure and has France’s highest spire. It is featured in some of Claude Monet’s paintings. Another great Gothic cathedral is the Strasbourg and is well known for the numerous stained glass windows that catch the light. The Marseille Cathedral, built in the 19th century, in a beautiful scale in Byzantine-Roman style during the 19th century and is a national monument of France.
The French Landscape
With its great geographical diversity, visiting France will always been fascinating. There is a vast amount of woodland to explore and you can travel for miles without seeing a single house and much of the landscape has remained unchanged for many years. Many of the towns and villages have also retained their natural character over time, meaning visitors can feel their lovely French authenticity.
Gorges du Verdon in the south east of France is a river canyon that is regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Having been formed by the River Verdon with its stunning turquoise-green colour, it is a wonderful place to explore.
The Canyon is near the French Riviera and visitors can drive around it, hike across it or kayak along the river. You can climb the rocks of limestone which have a large variety of climbing routes. Fishing is also popular there, especially fly fishing. You can also raft or even paraglide in the beautiful region.
In the Dordogne region of France there are numerous fascinating caves open to the public. There are caves that have prehistoric paintings and beautiful rock formations including stalagmites and stalactites. The cave paintings are well worth seeing. The Lascaux caves in the region have famous Paleolithic art from over 17,000 years ago and are paintings of large animals that lived in the region during that time.
Brittany is a region in France well worth visiting. Carnac in Brittany is famous for its lines of fascinating ancient standing stones. There are thousands of megaliths from around 4000BC and are thought to have been major structures in the area. There is also a seaside resort for the family, Carnac-Plage, where you can sample the famous oysters from the area. There are lovely sandy beaches and pine trees providing a pretty backdrop. Sailing is very popular in La-Trinite-sur-Mer along the coast. The Brittany coast is one of the most popular resort regions in France. The tall cliffs are impressive along with the long sandy beaches, which are loved by locals and foreign tourists, and there are various festivals throughout the year celebrating the Celtic folklore that is still strong there.
France is famous around the world for its great food. The rich soil of France helps the abundance of fresh vegetables and fruit, grains and herbs. Cheese is a very popular food in France and there are many regions that produce delicious cheese.
A French meal will often have three courses, being the entrée, main course and cheese or dessert course. Soup is commonly eaten and crepes are very popular. Patisserie is loved in France and may include macaron and eclair. Along the coast of France seafood is very popular, and includes oysters, mussels, clams and shrimp. Snails are also popular with the French and are cooked with butter and garlic. Baguettes, long, thin crusty loaves, are commonly eaten with every meal and can be eaten in various ways including with melted cheese.
France prides itself on the fine quality wine it produces and wine is commonly drank with meals. French wine is sold across the globe and considered some of the best wine in the world. There are many regions in France that produce great wine.
France is such a diverse, fascinating country to explore and will always be popular with visitors from around the world.
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