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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

Episcopal city of Albi

From the series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
The charming city of Albi is located in the southern part of France. It is a real storehouse of historical attractions. The entire historical part of the city is a World Heritage Site. The beautiful Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile is located in the heart of the Old Town. It was built in the Middle Ages. The cathedral is notable for its luxurious design, which managed to survive after more than 500 years. Beautiful frescoes adorn the cathedral. 270 statues are installed in its triforium. The medieval organ is preserved in the cathedral. Everyone can listen to its sound.

Saint-Salvi Church is located nearby. It was part of a large monastery once. Only a few fragments have survived from this monastery to the present day. They were built in the late 13th century. The church managed to completely … Read all

Ancient city Provins

From the series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
The historic city of Provins is located in the province of Champagne. Its entire territory is also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This merchant city was formed in the Middle Ages. About 11,5 thousand people live in it at present. The city was built on top of a small hill. One of the largest fairs in France was held on its territory annually in the 13th century. It is noteworthy that the population of the city was several times larger in the Middle Ages than today.

The merchant city lost its former privileges over time. Carefully preserved historical monuments are its main value today. Impregnable stone walls surround its territory today as well as many hundreds of years ago. They were built in the 13th century. The Church of Saint-Quiriace is one of the main historical symbols … Read all

Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion

From the series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
The region of Saint-Emilion is located on the banks of the Dordogne River. It is famous as a unique wine region. It has long received the status of an outstanding historical landmark. Tourists come here to admire the huge terraces of vineyards, walk through the picturesque hilly terrain, and visit the historic wineries. The area of the region is about 5,400 hectares. Vineyards occupy more than 73% of this area.

In total, there are more than 800 wineries in the Saint-Emilion region. More than 36 million bottles of wine are produced here annually. The region has been a place for interesting gastronomic tours for a long time. There is an opportunity not only to taste the best regional wines but also to get acquainted with the peculiarities of the national cuisine during such tours. … Read all
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Saudi Arabia to Open 38 Hotels in Diriyah

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ambitious plans regarding the historic city of Diriyah that is located only 15 minutes from the central part of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia plans to spend as much as US$50.6 billion on this project. A total of 38 hotel brands will launch their hotels in the city, and the first 14 were announced not long ago. Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) received many inquiries from the leading luxury hospitality brands and carefully selected the ones that were fitting the city and its heritage the most. 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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