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France

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about France

It appears so often in the movies, is referenced in thousands of fashion mags, is revered on the art scene and its cuisine has become so influential, it’s hard to believe there’s much about France we don’t know about before we go. Au contraire!

Despite the stereotype of the snooty Parisian you want to bash with a baguette, France is a destination steeped in history, beauty, art, architecture, music and design. After all so many famous people have lived, died and drunk in Paris, it must be cool. Then there are the North African influences in areas like Goutte-d’Or that mix it up, making these parts of the city colourful, a different kind of tasty and great-sounding (their drumbeats).

As well as sashaying on the Riviera in the south, cycling through the vineyards and villages of Bordeaux or checking out chateaus in the Loire Valley, don’t neglect the quintessential French experience: hanging out and drinking too much wine and eating too much cheese in any or all of these places.

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PARIS, FRANCE

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ÉPERNAY, FRANCE

Beneath the historic vineyards of Épernay in the Champagne district is a...

Beneath the historic vineyards of Épernay in the Champagne district is a series of...

PARIS, FRANCE

Located in the famed neighborhood of Marais amongst the beautiful historical...

Located in the famed neighborhood of Marais amongst the beautiful historical buildings, an...

PARIS, FRANCE

Its 17 rooms are a lesson in combining colour, texture and a touch of...

Its 17 rooms are a lesson in combining colour, texture and a touch of history, and there's...

PARIS, FRANCE

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PARIS, FRANCE

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Beneath the enchanting scenes of the Seine and Paris’s cobblestone footpaths lies the...