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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.
The official language in France is French. This clause is even included in the Constitution of the Country. It should be noted that the Constitution …
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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 today, is one of the most developed countries in the world in terms of GDP. These indicators are stable, despite the fact that a fairly large …
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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.
Bahnhof Toulouse Matabiau 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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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.
Monuments and architectural objects, notable for the history and culture of the country. …
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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.
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.
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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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.
Vacation in France 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.
The French have long been fashion legislators in a wide variety of industries. French culture was an example and a model for imitation. Around the …
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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

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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

Sports and Recreation Center

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
A popular Sports and Recreation Center is situated in Saint-Cloud near Paris. This building attracts tourists with its unusual glass decoration. The façade of the two-stored building is decorated with rectangular in shape colourful classical glass panels. At night the building has a wonderful lightning that underlines the uniqueness of this sports centre. Sports and Recreation Center is made in a low-key cubism style. At the same time, it doesn’t look severe and depressed.

The inner decoration of the centre is very vivid and pretty as the façade. Its rooms are decorated in different colours. Every room has the unique in tune furniture and designer’s accessories. Outside the building doesn’t look very big but inside it is quite spacious. The rooms have all the necessary sports … Read all

Pyramide du Louvre

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
Visitors of Louvre have a great opportunity to enter the Napoleon yard. There has placed an unusual and interesting construction – Pyramide du Louvre. For Paris, it became one of the main symbols of the city. The pyramid has begun to build in 1985 and finished in 1989. The idea to build this wonderful pyramid came to a famous architect Ieoh Ming Pei. Today this wonderful pyramid is the entrance to the museum.

Under the glass cupola has placed a spacious entrance hall with ticket offices, information boards and sitting areas. Right from this place you can enter the different units of the museum. The huge pyramid is surrounded with small pyramids that were put there for decoration. In a warm period of time near Louvre work fountains. At this period the glass building looks great. Faces … Read all

Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas Cathedral

From the series “The Most Astonishing Orthodox Churches”
Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicolas Cathedral is one of the most interesting places in Nice, France. In was built in 1903 and was finished in 1912. The cathedral is made in a style that is typical for Moscow five-domed churches of the 17th century. The main material was a light-brown brick. For elaboration, there was used a marvellous rose granite and a nice blue ceramic tile.

This cathedral is not large, there can be about 625 people at once. The temple’s high is 50 meters and the façade are decorated with wonderful multicoloured glazed tiles and mosaic icons. The main decoration of the church is the three-stored iconostasis made in old Russian style. The cathedral also has several old icons that belong to the brush of Russian icon painter Gladunov. The main precious thing of the Orthodox … Read all
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The Demand for Travel with Bikes May Spike in Switzerland This Summer

The coronavirus crisis has made a great impact on the travel industry around the world and Switzerland is no exception. Instead of traditional pastimes like booking a hotel in Zurich or Geneva and enjoying a posh city holiday, tourists crave more outdoor activities these days. This has led to a sharp increase in traveling with bikes. Some places already report the shortage of capacity and free spaces for bikes on trains. Read this

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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
Honfleur
First mentions of Honfleur date back to the 20s of the 11th century. There is a reference about the settlement as a part of the land that belonged to Richard III, Duke of Normandy. The French city turned into an important transit point in the middle of the 12th century. It was a stop on the path from Rouen to England. The beginning of the Hundred Years' War brought much uncertainty to Honfleur. One ruling force replaced another, and local people suffered from this. Charles V helped to … Read more
Aix-en-Provence
The history of Aix-en-Provence started in the 4th century BC when Celto-Ligyes occupied this part of Provence. The year 123 became a turning point for the history of the city as the Roman consul Sextius Calvinus founded Aquae Sextiae, a thermal resort for soldiers. The region enters a period of prosperity in the 12th century during the reign of Counts of Provence from the Houses of Barcelona and the Anjou dynasty. They introduced the tradition of various concerts, carnivals, and posh … Read more
Arles
The Ligurians inhabited this area during prehistoric times. However, the paradise-like area attracted other nations who also wanted to conquer the region. Romans tried to make Arles their territory in 123 BC. At that time, Arles was a prosperous city with active economic life and trading. This was possible because of a canal built in 104 BC. It connected this settlement with the Mediterranean Sea. However, the actively developing neighbor – Marseilles – still made Arles a less important … Read more
Carcassonne
The history of Carcassonne started in the 2nd century BC. Gallic tribes were the first inhabitants in this region. Soon after that, Romans claimed the authority over the territory, and Visigoths became rulers in this region in the 5th century. In the 8th century, when Saracens replaces Visigoths, Francs invaded the region and added the territory of modern Carcassonne to their country. Only Cite existed until the Middle Ages. The Lower Town named Bastide on the opposite bank of the Aude River … Read more
Annecy
Local people call Annecy “Venice in Savoy” or “Little Venice” because numerous canals and streams cross the town, making it look similar to the famous Italian city. All this water comes from Lake Annecy. A visit to Annecy would be incomplete without taking pictures with iconic Palais de l'Isle in the background. Many guides, who make excursions to this lovely French town, mention a well-developed tourist infrastructure of Annecy. According to historical data, Annecy was home to the … 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
Beaune
First settlers in the territory of modern Beaune had appeared long before the invasion of Romans who conquered Gaul in the 5th century BC. First of all, they built a shrine in order to honor their god of fast-flowing water, Belenos. Later, a town appeared near the temple. The town’s name was Belena. Saint Martin of Tours brought Christianity to this region in the 4th century. Soon after that, the first small church appeared in the area. The Burgandians started settling in this part of the … Read more

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