France, located in Western Europe, is the most-visited country in the world.
It features the most-visited paid monument (the Eiffel Tower) and the most-visited museum (the Louvre) in the world. And that is only the beginning of the story of this fascinating nation.
As a former superpower, France was a fertile ground for the development of arts, whose examples we can witness in many corners around the globe. Paris, the City of Light, is one of the most beautiful cities you will ever see. Its museums safeguard legendary works of art of unmatched geniuses such Monet, Rodin, Renoir and van Gogh. The Versailles Palace is a highly-opulent complex with spectacular gardens featuring fountains, sculptures and groves.
But France is much more than Paris. Once you head inland, stunning chateaux, including those in the famous Loire Valley, will amaze you. By proceeding westward, your way takes you to Normandy and Bretagne. The former used to be a famous battlefield where Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” started to crumble. Mont Saint Michel, an abbey perched atop a hill that becomes isolated from the mainland during high tide, is the crown jewel of the latter.
Also, explore the celebrated wine regions of Champagne, Burgundy and Aquitaine to appreciate extraordinary French wines where they originate. While in Aquitaine, head south of Bordeaux to discover a huge sand deposit known as the Dune of Pilat. Flowery fields of Provence will spellbind you before you even reach Nice, Saint-Tropez or Cannes along the Cote d’Azur. Make sure you visit Avignon, the temporary seat of popes in the 14th Century during the exile from Rome.
France is a year-round destination, with winter and summer resorts countrywide. It also boasts many great natural wonders, some of which are Gorges du Verdon, Pont d’Arc, Mont Blanc, Cote de Granit Rose and Etretat Cliffs.
Thanks to a well-developed network of low-cost airlines, you can get around in France fast and economically. To save time between destinations a few hundred kilometres apart, make use of the TGV, a high-speed railway system. Its trains develop the speed of nearly 600 km/h (373 mi/h).
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