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Overview of France
Places to Visit & Things to Do in France
Of, course, Paris! the cultural capital of Europe, a city with very well preserved old buildings, romantic streets, cafés...
Among the primary attractions in Paris you will find the Sacré Coeur Basilica, Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Centre Georges Pompidou (building with interesting pipe architecture), Musée Rodin, Musée Picasso, Versailles Castle/Palace - in it you will find the Louvre Museum (where you can see Leonardo's Mona Lisa), Chartres Cathedral, the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Axe Historique (a towering needle-like creation close to the Arc de Triomphe), the hypermodern Défense quarter and also the Basilica of Saint-Denis (Basilique de Saint-Denis), of course the famous Notre Dame Church, which is located on a small island.
French National Day Parade
Held on July 14th, on the Champs-Élysées Avenue, it is a pompous military parade with marching cavalry, but also modern heavy military vehicles and airplanes in the sky.
A beautiful city with a well preserved old town. Rennes is located in the western part of the country and is the capital of Brittany (Bretagne).
The city's core is surrounded by a fortress wall, a rare thing indeed. You might not even notice that you're inside a fortress when you're in the old town.
Lyon's churches are numerous and you'll also find a large number of museums, art galleries to spend your time in. There's even an ancient Roman Amphitheatre in the city.
What you should do first is to find the Old Lyon (Vieux Lyon) and take a walk there and make photographs.
As top destinations of Lyon, we should mention: Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Institut & Musée Lumière.
The city was built on the banks of the Garronne River. Bordeaux is renowned for its wines, in fact it's sometimes called "The Wine Capital of the World".
Walk around and visit its most important attractions (churches, museums), wander the streets. It's a big city of 660.000 people, but not too big, so you won't get easily lost in it.
What you must do while in Bordeaux is to taste wine! Here are several good places for that: Chateau Petrus, Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Mouton Rothschild (Pauillac), Château Margaux, Chateau Ausone, Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-André Cathedral, Porte Cailhau, Saint Pierre Church, the beautiful old bridge across the Garronne - Pont de Pierre.
Toulouse is also located on the Garronne River, just like Bordeaux.
Some of the most important attractions in Toulouse: the Saint-Sernin Basilica (Basilique Saint Sernin), Hotel Dieu Saint-Jacques, the Capitol (Town Hall), Les Augustins (monastery before, museum today), Les Abattoirs (modern arts museum), Pont-Neuf (the only old bridge over the Garronne, its age is about 500 years).
Mont Saint Michel
Fortification the size of a small town located in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of France. The island is connected to France with road.
It's a spectacular place, a dreamlike place, but it's crowded with tourists. Sometimes it is so full that one can hardly walk around and take photos.
If you're in France, however, this is a "must see". Perhaps if you rent a car and you get there early in the morning, you can avoid the huge crowds of tourists
The French Alps
Very popular winter travel destination among Europeans. If you can ski or snowboard or just want to visit the place, then you can head either to the Rhône-Alpes or the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region.
Of course, the most famous mountain in the French Alps is the Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak.
Among the top resorts, travel hotspots in the French Alps, are: Chamonix, Chartreuse, Vercors, La Clusaz, Le Grande Massif, Portes du Soleil.
Annecy is a small town in the French Alps with a beautiful old quarter, well preserved old dwellings. Worth visiting if you're in the area. Annecy is popular among travelers who come to these parts of France.
"The French Riviera", it's where you'll find the famous Saint Tropez, Cannes, Antibes and other popular destinations.
Cannes is an exotic, luxurious city, home to the Cannes Film Festival, attracts many foreign tourists. Perhaps it has most notoriety in the whole Côte d'Azur.
The Cannes Castle is worth seeing and also the old town with its winding streets and many souvenir shops.
You can go to Cannes by air, rail, road, but it's perhaps more exciting by sea: either with a cruise ship or yacht.
A big island in the Mediterranean Sea. It's a picturesque province of France, which was once part of Italy.
Corsica is strongly different from continental France, both culturally and economically. Not to mention the landscape...
The best way to see Corsica is to rent a car or travel individually or in small groups by taking buses from one place to another.
The most popular way to get there is to fly in right to Paris' Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Most major European and American Airlines fly to Paris, it's one of the top destination cities in Europe.
Also, many low cost airlines operate in Europe, linking French cities to the rest of Europe.
France has a very good road system, by road you can reach the country from the Benelux States, Switzerland, Italy and Spain, but also from the UK through the Eurotunnel. In the latter situation you will have to enter a train with your car - this will bring you through the long tunnel.
Through the Eurotunnel you can travel between France and Britain easily.
Other rail connections are possible to many European countries with intermediate stops.
The best connections are towards Germany and towards Belgium, few intermediate stops if you travel to those 2 countries.
France can be reached from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, but it's less likely for someone to reach shore from the Atlantic. The most popular way to reach France by sea is to arrive to its Mediterranean coast in the south.
Best Time for Visiting France
Depends on the type of tourism.
If you want to go sightseeing, then May - September is the best time. Avoid autumn because of grey sky, cold winds, rain.
For winter, it's good to travel in the December - February interval. January is best for skiers.
Risks & Precautions in France
Important: We present you some of the most common risks and precautions for you to take in this country, however our list does not cover the whole typology and details of these problems that might occur.
Problem on subway, buses, some parts of big cities, such as Paris, this is a serious problem. Take extra caution when travelling on public transportation vehicles and in crowded areas.
Interesting Things About France
France has one of the biggest cultivations of lavender in the World,
they're also sold as flowers, but are a great source of perfumes and other
France was the World's most visited country in 2006.
France has Europe's largest Jewish community, numbering about 600.000.