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France sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

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.
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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
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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.
BESANCON: Le quai de Strasbourg, le pont Battant, léglise de la Madelaine 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.
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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.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks in 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 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
Remaining castles and fortresses 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 open for public
♥   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
The Promenade de la Croisette is one of the most famous sights of Cannes. Once it has been a simple cart road and today you can see luxurious villas and modern hotels along it. The number of these accommodations only grows each year. While taking a walk along palms, you can visit the most famous boutiques where purchase clothes international stars and celebrities. Croisette starts near the famous Palm Beach casino and guides to another sights of Cannes – Festival Palace. This is a true temple … Read more
Lyon
Modern Lyon is still the center of the industrial region, but the city is mostly known by large number of historical places of interest. This place is also famous for its aesthetic cuisine, numerous museums that feature wide choice of pieces of art, ancient paintings, textile, furniture and other antiquities. The old part of Lyon is located on the Fourvière hill. This place is a true beauty with its old parks, archeological park of Fourvière, the ruins of the Roman theater and amphitheater, … 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
Marseille
Marseille occupies a truly advantageous location on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. An ancient port that was built over 26 centuries ago is a truly unique place that traditionally intrigues visitors of Marseille. The main street of the city named La Kanber begins right from the port. If we make a walk on the street to the south, we will get to the Cours Julien Square, which is the location of numerous cafes, restaurants and pavilions for rest. The hill and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de la … Read more

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