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France

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  • 66 million
  • French
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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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PROVENCE, FRANCE

What was originally a family home is now an extraordinary estate in the heart...

What was originally a family home is now an extraordinary estate in the heart of Provence...

PARIS, FRANCE

Located in the young, hip 11th arrondissement near the Place de Bastille,...

Located in the young, hip 11th arrondissement near the Place de Bastille, this...

PARIS, FRANCE

Step into the Belle Époque in one of Paris's most lavish new hotels, Maison...

Step into the Belle Époque in one of Paris's most lavish new hotels, Maison Souquet....

ALPE D’HUEZ, FRANCE

There are prettier resort towns in France than Alpe d’Huez, but from a...

There are prettier resort towns in France than Alpe d’Huez, but from a purely practical...

PYRENEES, FRANCE AND SPAIN

Delve into the heart of the high Pyrenees, making your way through a network...

Delve into the heart of the high Pyrenees, making your way through a network of canyons...