France is a real magnet for romantics, gourmets, skiing fans, art lovers and those who appreciate beautiful life. Holidays in France mean an endless dream brought to life. The word “France” itself arouses feelings of romantic dreams, a spirit of feast, and expectations of something incredible, stunning and unique. Tours to France evoke passion and romance, which in its turn is interpreted into timeless works of artists and architects.
France is a dream country for many tourists. It’s one of the top travel destinations in the world thanks to its beauty-capital Paris, which is also known as the city of lights. Paris, the capital of a sophisticated style and haute cuisine, the city of lovers admires thousands of tourists each year with its unique bohemian atmosphere, charm and elegance and the fairy-tale like world of Disneyland. Paris means the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, and Moulin Rouge. It’s a real fashion city, where high style, worldwide famous brands, shopping, and sweet atmosphere dominate, arousing a unique, perfect mood in the French manner.
In addition to Paris, there are a few locations, which cannot be simply ignored while visiting France. Those are Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux, Cannes and definitely the huge island of Corsica.
Lyon is the third largest city in France located at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone. The place hosts the social, intellectual and artistic elite. Lyon definitely has its own charm. Here you will find the most delicious cuisine in the whole of France. Lyon has more restaurants per square meter in the old part of town than at any other point on the globe. Such dishes as Lyon sausage, tripe and quenelles are famous throughout the world. Another reason to stop here is the presence of a lot of museums with permanent collections and frequent exhibitions (objects of antiquity, art paintings, sculptures, drawings, ancient textiles, art objects, furniture, modern and classical art). The most popular locations are the Museum of Fabric, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Gallo. Old Lyon undoubtedly is the most famous and visited the Lyon region, especially since it got included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage.
Architectural and museum attractions of Bordeaux are not the main subject of interest for most tourists, because the region itself is famous for its wines, which have received worldwide recognition. Wine making is inextricably linked with the history of Bordeaux . For nearly two thousand years the vineyards are connected with the life of Bordeaux citizens. The city of Bordeaux is located in the center of the largest area of vineyards, which occupies about 120 hectares of fertile land. On this territory there are thousands of chateaux, dozens of private and cooperative cellars and fifty stores. Their wines are among the most prestigious in the world – Peter, Ikem, Mouton Rothschild, Cheval Blanc, D O’Brien.
Cannes is the “city of stars” and the fashionable resort of the Cote d’Azur . The city is especially known for its annual May International Film Festival, when the stars descend on the famous red staircase of Palais des Festivals, shine on TV around the world.
Geographically, Corsica is ranked as Italy, but politically it is one of the 26 regions of France, though it is separated from the main continent by Ligurian Sea. Language, architecture and cuisine of the island had long been under the influence of neighboring Italy, therefore, Corsica, is often referred to as “the French part of Italy.” Tourism is of great importance in the economy of the island of Corsica. Favorable Mediterranean climate of the island with hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters, beautiful mountains and stunning coastline attract many tourists from France and Western Europe.
France means countless vacation tours to French Riveria – Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St. Tropez, Monaco, Juan les Pins, and Eze, where a sightseeing holiday is harmoniously combined with a beach and recreational one. France means a dream place for skiing fans thanks to the the best resorts of the country - Courchevel, Val Thorens, Meribel and Chamonix, where tourists from all over the world flock in winter.
Taste the best wine and cheese in the world, try one of the best cuisines and choose the best perfume in France. That is all what France means. France is an entire holiday, fascinating and rich in experiences. France is the country that inspired Monet to experiment with color, Toulouse Lautrec to create images on vulnerabilities of Parisian society, and Debussy to create elegant and hazy harmonies in his music. It captures the imagination with resorts of St Tropez and Port Grimaud, which brings together the cream of society. France gave the world champagne and camembert cheese, Tour de France and the Eiffel Tower, and for their seductive lifestyle it is called Douce France (Sweet France). Discover France, and you will regain its joie de vivre – joy of life!
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