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France At A Glance

Hauts de France

Grand Est

Bourgogne - Franche Comté

Nouvelle-Aquitaine: Dordogne

Provençe - Alpes - Côte d'Azur

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France At A Glance

France seduces travellers with its unfalteringly familiar culture, woven around cafe terraces, village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour chalked on the board.

Food is of enormous importance to the French and the daily culinary agenda takes no prisoners: breakfasting on warm croissants from the boulangerie, stopping off at Parisian bistros, and market shopping are second nature to the French – and it would be rude to refuse. But French gastronomy goes far deeper than just eating exceedingly well. Its experiential nature means there is always something tasty to observe, learn and try. Be it flipping crêpes in Brittany or chinking champagne flutes in ancient Reims cellars, the culinary opportunities are endless.

French landscape weaves a varied journey from northern France's cliffs and sand dunes to the piercing blue sea of the French Riviera and Corsica's green oak forests. Outdoor action is what France's lyrical landscape demands – and there's something for everybody. Whether you end up walking barefoot across wave-rippled sand to Mont St-Michel, riding a cable car to glacial panoramas above Chamonix or cartwheeling down Europe's highest sand dune, France does not disappoint. Its great outdoors is thrilling, with endless opportunities and the next adventure begging to be had.

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Hauts-de-France

5 Reasons For 1 Trip To Northern France

France’s refreshing Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Today is a part of the Hauts de France Département) has been overlooked by travellers for too long. The region has embraced the jokes about chilly weather and yokel locals while quietly transforming into a world-class destination with a daring arts scene, clutch of historic sights and irresistibly rugged charm.

Boulogne-sur-Mer

The country's most important fishing port, Boulogne-sur-Mer makes a pretty good first stop in France, especially if combined with a swing north along the Côte d'Opale. The Basse-Ville (Lower City) is a bustling but uninspiring assemblage of postwar structures.

Saint-Omer

Although it was as early as 637 that a monk called ‘Omer’ after whom St Omer is named, was sent to evangelise Therouanne, it was not really until the 13th Century that it rose to some degree of prominence, becoming as prosperous as Bruges, another medieval town surrounded by water. The work which began on the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral at that time took three centuries to complete.

Bergues, Bethune

With Celtic origins, Béthune is thought to owe its name to “Bé” meaning “near” and “Thune” meaning hedge or bush. The Year One Thousand marked the beginning of the lineage of the Lords of Béthune.

The town centre was the symbolic target of the shelling and was almost completely destroyed by May 1918. Modernity and tradition were to be the key words behind the Reconstruction in the 1920s and 1930s.

Grand-Est

Nancy

The Lorraine Region is located in the north-eastern part of France, between Champagne and Alsace. The Moselle, which originates in the Lorraine Vosges, the Meurthe and the Maas, flow through the beautifully wooded region with plains and medium-high mountains.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

Besançon und die Zeit

Hugging a bouclé (hairpin curve) of the River Doubs, the cultured and very attractive capital of Franche-Comté remains refreshingly modest and untouristy, despite charms such as a monumental Vauban citadel, a graceful 18th-century old town and France’s first public museum. In Gallo-Roman times, Vesontio (over the centuries, the name evolved to become Besançon) was an important stop on the trade routes linking Italy, the Alps and the Rhine, and some striking remains of this period survive.

Experience Les Dombes.

The Dombes is a plateau in the Ain department north-east of Lyon and south-west of Bourg-en-Bresse, centred around Villars-les-Dombes, Châtillon-sur- Chalaronne and Marlieux. At around 300 metres above sea level the Dombes plateau is an extensive flat area (more than 500km²) covered with small lakes and villages and a substantial number of historical buildings and castles. It's a unique place in France. The region is well known for bird-watching and fishing. The enormous birdlife diversity of apparently more than 130 species of bird live here. More than 1,000 lakes are man made.

Experience Trévoux

Trévoux is a tiny, quiet place situated at the banks of River Saône with an astonishing number of buildings which illustrate its status in times gone by. We have booked us into the hughe camp ground right aside the river. This was the starting point for our explorations in this city, other places and the region we visited for the first time. Trévoux once was the capital of the Duchy of Dombes and belonged to the Roman Empire of German Nation. During the 18th century it was the place of the regional parliament. Today here it's «only» a wonderful place, quiet with friendly and relaxed people living here who even stay cool in the daily routine traffic jam in the morning.

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Pérouges

Pérouges is a tiny village northeast of Lyon which is perched on a small hill overlooking the plain of the Ain River and has quite a lovely view of the surrounding area. Probably founded in the early 1100’s by a Gallic colony, the town has always been inhabited by craftsmen, mainly farmers, linen weavers, and wine makers. The town officially became French in 1601 and the textile industry boomed until the early 19th century when roads and railroads were re-routed which bypassed the town and the population dropped considerably.

Châtillon-sur-Charlaronne

Nestling at the banks of a peaceful river in the heart of Dombes, the charming medieval town of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne, known for its floral grandeur, is the home of wonderful heritage buildings within this magnificent floral setting. These include the picturesque half-timbered houses, old 17th-century wooden market hall, the stone gate of Villars, the Church of Saint-André in the flamboyant gothic style, Saint Vincent de Paul House, and the relics of the old castle.

Villars-les-Dombes

Villars-les-Dombes is a tiny, quiet place right in the middle of the Dombes region with nicely kept old houses, the city hall opposite church and school with all the bustling children and the lake district in the neighbourhood. In this area called «The Land of the 1,000 ponds» you'll find an enormously streching birds park offering a hughe car park even suitable for camper cars.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Preview

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in the southwest of France is characterised by an outstanding variety as a first choice holiday destination. Here you'll find wine, cheese, castles, gardens, rivers and the Atlantic Ocean with wide beaches for those who don't really care about the sea.

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Provençe-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

The Provençe

Whether I drive around on the mountain pass roads, sunbathe on the beach, or tumble at the weekly markets, Provençe and the Côte d'Azur are sun-drenched and seductive.

Provençe has attracted legendary painters, such as van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso, to the hilly lavender fields, rustic villages on the tops of the hills or because of its supernatural light. Across the region, I found something else that can't be captured on canvas and framed.

Tour de Provençe

Those who absolutely want to go to Provençe during summer are probably not at all interested in the past 2,000 years. Life in this region has been raging ever since the Romans built their arenas and amphitheatres here.

Grasse

When a tourist visits Grasse unprepared and with the expectation «... to see if it's pretty» , does himself no favours and does not do justice to the city and its inhabitants in any way. Art, culture, conviviality and enjoyment are present everywhere as a matter of course.

Grasse & the Family

Grasse is not only a great destination for the financially well-equipped couple who want to go on a perfume shopping spree, the city is also the ideal starting point for exploring the real Provençe on foot, by bike, public transport or by car.

Grasse & the Perfume

Grasse describes itself as the world capital of perfume. One can doubt this as a skeptical German or not, fact is at least that this is where the European cradle of fragrance development and production lies, which really big of the industry has its roots here and have existed for many centuries. The one who is interested is right here. And curious philistines like me start here to take an interest in this topic.

Grasse & Arts

Grasse has a remarkable art scene. Not old masters, but visual artists who are really worth paying attention to. Supported by the city, an artists' quarter has established itself around the Place de la Poissonnerie in the old town, directly below the town hall, which should really be visited with some time budget.

Pays de Grasse

Here the landscape and nature are still untouched and you don't really notice anything of the «big» tourism. Here are some places where the raw material for fragrances and sweets comes from. Here you will find roses, a few small lavender fields and the wild lavender, the grows on the limestone plateaus.

More stories from the Provençe

Cassis

The coastal road, which leads south from the port of Marseilles, opens up fascinating perspectives, but it ends abruptly in the grand Wilderness of the cliffs and gorges of the Calanques.

Marseille

Today Marseille is a dynamic, bustling metropolis with corners and edges and a history spanning more than 2,000 years. In 2013 the city became European Capital of Culture with new, elegant museums.

Toulon

If you are looking for bling-bling in Toulon, you are wrong here. But if you want to stroll through the cozy alleys of the old town for some window-shopping or to get into the one or another art dealers' to let your purse have some slimming cure, is dead right here.

Sanary-sur-Mer

Sanary has been an insider tip for more than 100 years and has a more eventful history: After 1933 Rene Schickele got his persecuted friends - Bertolt Brecht, Lion Feuchtwanger, the brothers Mann, Erwin Piscator, Ernst Toller, Franz Werfel and many others.

Aix-en Provençe

A handful of Parisian elegance deep in Provençe, that's Aix with all its class. The boulevards and squares shaded by trees, lined with stately 17th and 18th century houses, accentuated by quiet gurgling fountains covered with moss, add to the flair of this city.

Les Calanques

The Parc National des Calanques, is a 20 km long, wild and spectacular area of rocky cliffs rising out of the wonderful turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.

Marseille &
Château d'If

For many years, the bustling port city of Marseille suffered from a serious image problem. It was cut because of its bad reputation, urban decay and alarming crime statistics and remained the black sheep of the Provençal coast for so many years.

Cassis

At the foot of a dramatic rock formation, crowned by a 14th century château, now a hotel and accessible only to guests, the small fishermen's village cuddles up to the natural harbour bay and radiates its charm to all the many tourists who pile up in the small old harbour with its lively restaurants.

La Ciotat

Along the coastline for a little more than 20 km are La Ciotat and the sea like an old married couple. In the west are the Calanques with the highest cliffs of up to 394 m at Cape Canaille. And the east offers finest sandy beach with many places to moor.

Le Castellet

The village of Le Castellet is situated on the top of one of many hills whose slopes are covered with vines. The car has to be parked in a public car park nearby and so you have to explore the village and its medieval buildings on foot. The narrow streets provide shade and are refreshingly cool when the sun is burning outside.