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Bahnhof Toulouse Matabiau A country of elegance, timeless traditions and unparalleled atmosphere of sophistication, France never ceases to amaze its visitors. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know main landmarks of the country, but France has much more to offer. The country has countless landmarks, internationally famous places and signature cultural destinations.
France is a country with an incredibly rich culture and a huge number of castles and historic buildings. In some of them, hotels are located in which …
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The most famous museum in the world is also located in France. Louvre changed its status several times during its long history. It was a royal residence, a prison, a fortress and even an academy. Nowadays, its beautiful halls exhibit thousands of priceless items.
Versailles has become a true shrine of medieval culture. The same named palace is the biggest sight of this place. Long ago it was the residence of French kings, so its spacious halls have retained their elegance and luxury till our days. During an excursion in the palace, tourists will know more about the history of that place and the purpose of every room. The most famous landmarks of Versailles are the Grand Canal and the Neptune Fountain. Versailles is located in the centre of a beautiful park decorated with statues and fountains. There are two historic buildings in the distant part of the park – the Grand Trianon and the Petite Trianon. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
France is not a deeply religious country; almost half of its inhabitants do not belong to any religion. However Christmas is celebrated in its cities …
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France is home to internationally famous Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral. During its long history, the cathedral was a witness of many important historic events. During many years the cathedral never ceases to amaze its visitors with its magnificent beauty and splendour. However, when asked about Paris or France, most people will name another landmark – Eiffel Tower, which is located in the heart of the capital. There is an observation deck on the top of the tower, from which visitors can enjoy stunning panoramic views of Paris.
Lyon, France - Hotel Royal Arc de Triumph is one more important architectural landmark in Paris. The terrace of the arc offers amazing view of the Place de l'Étoile. Moulin Rouge Cabaret has also become an important landmark of the city. The cabaret was founded in 1889, and since that time its performances have been among the most fascinating and unforgettable shows in Paris. Artists never cease to amaze visitors with their original performances, skills and luxurious costumes.
France is rich not only with cultural attractions. On its territory, there are 10 picturesque national parks carefully protected by the state. The …
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Tourists with children are recommended to visit Paris Disneyland. This is a large entertainment complex, which territory is divided into several themed zones. Thrilling rides, characters from favourite fairy tales and cartoons, movie theatres, shops and cafes await visitors in every park zone. It is also possible to see main places of interest in France during a cruise on Seine.

History and Entertainment

The country located on the territory of present France was first mentioned in the times of the Roman Empire. It was conquered by Romans in the 1st century BC and was called the province of Gaul. In the 5th century, Gaul was conquered by Franks. Francia flourished in the late 8th century. In 843, the Kingdom of East Francia was officially formed.
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The territory it covered almost matches to the territory of modern France. The country gained its present name in the 10th century. Multiple forays of Vikings, rearrangement of the territory, the period of factionalism, the Hundred Years' War and the epoch of Napoleonic wars – France had undergone all these times for the next 800 years. One of the latest significant historical events for France was the adoption of the fifth Constitution in 1958.
Vacation in France Modern travelers associate France with sophisticated culture and a diversity of entertainments. This country is a place where Festival de Cannes and other world-famous festivals permanently take place. There are enchanting beaches on the Cote d'Azur and fashionable ski resorts.
Monuments and architectural objects, notable for the history and culture of the country. …
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A lot of people choose Bretagne for beach recreation. There are not only beautiful beaches, but also thalassotherapy centers that are famous even outside the region. Fans of upscale recreation prefer vacationing on the Cote d'Azur. It is famous for its prestigious hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Luxurious ski resorts, among which the leading position is taken by Courchevel and Chamonix, are notable not only for their excellent ski routes, but also for flawless service. These resorts resemble a real winter fairy tale. People come here to admire wonderful mountain landscapes, walk along snowy forests and enjoy comfortable traditional French chalets.
French cuisine is the standard of elegant and refined cuisine. It is widely appreciated by gourmets all over the world. Famous frog legs, cream-brulee …
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On 15 July, the Bastille Day is annually celebrated in France. This national holiday is considered as one of the most luxurious and interesting ones. The most significant events take place in Paris. On festive days, there are beautiful military parades and interesting street performances in the streets. The festive day ends with grand fireworks in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in France

Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of France
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Ardennes' . On the map   Photos
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Armorique' . On the map   Photos
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Avesnois' . On the map   Photos
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Ballons des Vosges' . On the map   Photos
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Baronnies provençales' . On the map   Photos
Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in France
♥   Restaurant 'A Mandria' Solenzara. Type - Traditional cuisine|Corsican. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Mandria di Pigna' Pigna. Type - Corsican. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Nepita' Ajaccio. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Noste' Paris. Type - Modern cuisine. On the map   Photos
♥   Restaurant 'A Pasturella' Monticello. Type - Corsican|Modern French. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of France
♥   Castle 'Château de Albon' Drôme. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Château de Allan' Drôme. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Château de Alleuze' Cantal. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Château de Allinges' Haute-Savoie. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Château de Alteville' Moselle. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in France
♥   Palace 'Château d’Ussé' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Château d’Écouen' Écouen. On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Château d’Ételan' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Château de Blois' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Château de Brézé' . On the map   Photos

Famous and uniques places in France from our review series

Cremieux Street

From the series “Top 13 most fantastic and colorful streets and quarters”
Cremieux Street attracts fans of scenic walks to Paris. This old street, paved with stone, is framed by colorful houses on both sides. In warmer months, their facades are decorated with live flowers. These charming houses were built in the second half of the 19th century. The street was named after one of the most famous citizens - a lawyer and politician Adolphe Cremieux.

You will notice the beautiful paintings on facades of some of the historic houses. The best time to walk along this street is summer, when the locals decorate window sills and entrances with ornamental plants and flowers. The length of one of the most picturesque streets of Paris is 144 meters, and its width is 7.5 meters. Three-storey houses on both sides of the pave are built in typical British style.

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Vezac

From the series “Fabulous nooks of the world with striking colorful shades”
The amazing city of Vezac is situated in the southwestern part of France. Its guests will have an opportunity to stay in a fairy tale for some time. The most unusual attraction of the town is a boxwood garden that forms a single architectural structure with the Markizyak Castle. First boxwood bushes have been planted there more than a hundred years ago. Experienced gardeners created the most unusual forms of plants.

A great number of manicured shrubs of different sizes make a bizarre maze. This unusual landscape garden is considered to be unique in its kind. The best time to visit the place is autumn or spring, as the bushes are trimmed skilfully to have a unique shape. During the whole time of its existence, the garden is tended by hand. At the moment, only 4 gardeners are looking after … Read all

Riquewihr

From the series “Fabulous nooks of the world with striking colorful shades”
In France, in Loire River Valley, there is the charming town of Riquewihr. That's a birthplace of the Disney heroine Belle. This charming medieval town was founded in the 15th century. The castle was built by representatives of Wurttemberg Kingdom. Subsequently, a network of winding rocky streets with tiny houses grew next to the castle. Some of them have survived intact to this day. These wonderful half-timbered houses with unique facades represent a major hallmark of the town.

Riquewihr is ideal for hiking, as important landmarks can be found here at every step. During the walk, you can see a lot of old houses with amazing signs. For example, a plate with an image of scissors may mean that a tailor once lived in this house. In the heart of the city, there's a City Hall that is a vivid … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of France

Paris
Les Invalides. Les Invalides is located not far away from Champ de Mars . The building of the XVII century is now the location of the War Museum. You will also find here the church with the tomb of Napoleon, gorgeous Les Invalides Cathedral (1675-1706) built in the French classic style, and the Military School (1759-1782). The Avenue des Champs-Élysées has also become a symbol of Paris. "The most beautiful avenue in the world" is not only a street of shops and entertainment facilities, … Read more
Nice
The entire territory is, actually, a huge garden with exotic plants, overgrown palm trees, cacti with huge and long thorns and a beautiful man-made waterfall in the center. The southern top of the hill is the place where you will find Musée Narval. The museum exhibits models of ships and navigational instruments. If you have enough time, do not forget to climb the castle hill twice, in the afternoon and in the evening. In the daytime, you will enjoy magnificent views of the city and the sea, … Read more
Cannes
Not far from the Palace of Festivals is the beautiful temple of Notre-Dame de Bon Voyage, whose history is also very interesting. The very first chapel in its place was built in the 16th century. At that time it was surrounded only by dilapidated fishing huts. The temple, which travelers can admire now, was built in the second half of the 19th century. Now it is surrounded by the most significant city attractions. Among the local sacred sites, it is worth mentioning the Lerins abbey. It is … Read more
Lourdes
Bernadette Soubirous's claims caused a huge resonance in social and religious circles. The girl was repeatedly questioned about her visions and subjected to numerous medical examinations, which revealed no deviations. The girl became a nun and was later canonized in 1933. Today Saint Bernadette is the patroness of Lourdes. More than 70,000 pilgrims from all over the world come here to worship unique religious shrines of the city. It is noteworthy that over the past 150 years, more than 7,000 … Read more
Lyon
The main decoration of the Place des Terreaux is the Bartholdi Fountain, which was named after the sculptor who built it. The artisan worked on the sculptural composition for this fountain for several years and expected that it would be installed in the city of Bordeaux. However, after the completion of the work, the city authorities did not have enough funds to install this fountain. Then it was decided to install fountain in Lyon. There are many ancient religious buildings in the city, … Read more
Toulouse
Bazacle Complex is by far one of the most remarkable architectural complexes located near the Garonne River. Here visitors will see an old bridge, a dam, a beautiful castle and several windmills. Basilica of St. Sernin is considered the most beautiful religious monument of the city. This is also the world’s largest church built in the Romanesque style. The construction of the church took place in the 11th century. Since that time numerous luxury jewelry items, paintings and gold leaf murals … Read more

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