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 An Introduction to France

France is famous for its illustrious history, wine making regions and an abundance of natural scenery with picture book landscapes. The cultural aspects of this successful nation have influenced the growth and future for many of Europes most forward thinking and modern societies.

 

 

 

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A Typical French Chateaux

 

 

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Mt Blanc

Places in France

France is the largest country in the European Union, and the wide variety of terrains and landscapes include the rolling green hills of the rural farming northern provinces and the fabulous mountainous scenery of the Alps and the Pyrenees. The highest point in Western Europe is the colossal Mount Blanc, which is positioned in the Alps and stands at a dominating 4,807 meters above sea level

 

 

The North and West Coast of France cling to the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean respectively, in contrast to the South Coast that borders the Mediterranean Sea and enjoys the mild temperatures and climate of southern Europe. These contrasting entities combine to provide an eclectic mixture of cultures and landscapes.
 

The largest cities in France include Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice, Lille and Nantes. Paris is not only the capital of France, but also touted by many as the most culturally rich and influential city in the world. No one can deny the dramatic beauty and architecture of the Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre Museum and the Palace of Versailles. A staggering 6.2 million people visited the Eiffel Tower in 2003 alone! When you couple this together with the amazing Moulin Rouge cabaret spectacular, the provincial cuisine, restaurants and the chic and trendy inhabitants, you cannot fight off the cravings to visit a city of such stature.

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Eifel Tower, Paris

 

Things to do in France


One of the countrys most famous resorts is St. Tropez, immortalised as an up market destination. Taking a short break at the scenic Cte d Azur in the Alps is a great way to relax and unwind. Renting a holiday home for a short-term period is the perfect way to see this famous mountainous region.


The rugged coastlines of Normandy and Brittany offer scenic rolling hills, untapped sandy beaches, quaint harbour villages and a plethora of Neolithic sites. The Northern region owns a unique atmosphere when compared to the rest of the nation, and derives its roots from the Celtic origins.

 

 

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A French Vineyard

France is wine, and wine is France! The western region of the country is home to some of the most famous vineyards in the world, producing outright classics such as Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The rolling green hills of Loire Valley are the quintessential home of French winemaking.

The south of France is the home of a mild climate, great food, exquisite beachside resorts on the Riviera, Roman Ruins and the small towns of Orange and Arles, alongside monumental cities that include Marseille and Toulon.

 

When to go to France and Weather

Visiting France at any time of the year is possible in the south and the Riviera because of the Mediterranean climate, while visiting Paris and the north would be most ideal during the summer months of May to September.

 

 

 

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The French Riviera

 

 

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Surfing the Atlantic Coast

Getting to France and Getting Around

Because France is situated on mainland Europe, there is a variety of different ways to reach the country. Airports are situated in every major city and tourist resort, with daily flights. Arriving within the country or travelling around it by train is a great and affordable option. The trains are clean, efficient and very reliable.

Useful Information


The French currency is now the Euro, and the cost of holidaying in the country is similar to the UK, Northern Italy and Germany. The prices are more expensive than Spain or Portugal, but the country is more diverse in terms of scenery and choices.


Visiting France is a must for travellers and will open your eyes to the vast cultural history and abundant scenery. Over 81 million people during 2007 cannot be wrong.

 

 
 
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