Saturday, June 11, 2011

Vive La France !!! - Visit France

Visit France, one of the most beautiful and cultured enviorments in the world. To visit is to flirt and to stay is to fall in love. France has a reputation as a country of passion and love. And for the poetic and artistic minded there is plenty of inspiration to be found. But what makes France so stunning is its multi-colours through its rich and absorbing regions. You can only be captured here, you can only find the French affair !

This website contains France information for all persons interested in visiting France and its reigons. I hope that you will, like I have done - discover the many wonderful experiences that await you. 
  •  France population is currently at 65 million persons.
  •  France travel is relatively easy with regular trains and buses from intercity to region to region.
  • France weather is relatively seasonal but warmer temptures and extremes can be experienced in the the further south of France
  • France hotels are abundant and a good range of prices and styles of hotels can be found.
  • Ferrys to France regulary cross the English channel
  • Tour de France is a huge sporting/cycling event in France and played out before a major global audience.
  • France remains one of the most popular camping and gites destinations in Europe.

Pays de la Loire - Visit France

The Pays de la Loire is a contrast in
environments: it has 300 km of Atlantic
coastline which contrasts with the lush, green
countryside through which flows the river Loire.
5 reasons to visit Western Loire

>The Loire Chateaux and world class monuments
For the first time, the 19 most historically important
Chateaux and monuments of both Val de la Loire and Pays de la Loire, have come together to offer one informative website that clearly details the history, significance and location of each one.

>Europe’s first Horticultural theme park
TERRA BOTANICA, Europe’s first theme park devoted entirely to the understanding and discovery of plant life, will open in April 2010.

>The Wine Route
The first Loire Wine Route has been created to discover the treasures of this enchanting region where, along its 88km course, the richness of its heritage and flavour of its ‘terroir’ may be explored and enjoyed by car, bicycle or on foot along the vineyard paths.

>Your health and wellbeing
The Loire à Vélo’s 800 km routes, between Cuffy and Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, are a great way to discover the rich diversityof the Loire Valley.

>The cultural diversity of its cities
The Pays de la Loire consists of five counties, each with its own character and style. Nantes is the cultural hub and an exciting and thriving metropolis. 

CastlesAs well as the fortresses that guard Angers, Nantes and Saumur, there are over 100 châteaux that you can visit in the Western Loire.

Castle of the Dukes of

Jules Verne

Le Puy du Fou (Theme park)Accessible to disabled people

Jardin des Olfacties (garden)

Lactopole de Laval (the world's largest dairy museum)

Côte d’Azur - Visit France

From the 120km Mediterranean coastline, to the hinterland with its remote hamlets and ski resorts, Côte d’Azur is deeply synonymous with sunshine and fine living.

5 reasons to visit Riviera

>Easy to get there
Riviera has France’s biggest airport after Paris with 10 million passengers in 2008, links to 26 countries including 20 European capitals on 39 regular airlines (winter 2009/10).

>A dream destination
The quality of life, strong Mediterranean identity & architecture, enchanting accent and sun-drenched cuisine make up an unmistakable culture and art de vivre.

>Events all year round
3,900 events every year mean that every town and village from the coast deep to hinterland are marked, as well as not forgetting famous international events such as the Cannes film festival, Carnival in Nice, Antibes Jazz festival…

>The painters of the Côte d'Azur
La Côte d’Azur des Peintres is a route, which visits the places where many masterpieces of Riviera landscapes were actually painted. Works include Monet, Peynet, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, Dufy, Bonnard, Chagall and Cocteau.

>The French Riviera's great assets
Mountains, sunshine and the sea all within an hour’s drive! From the peaks towering over 3,000 metres above sea level, to the plains of the Pre-Alps, enthusiasts of alpine and cross-country skiing can take advantage of more than 700 kilometres of trails in sunny landscapes. 

International Parfumery Museum

Renoir Museum

Fernand Léger Museum

Verreries de Biot

Matisse Museum


Rhône-Alpes - Visit France

From Mont Blanc and Lake Annecy to Lyon,
the Beaujolais vineyards and the beginning
of Provence, Rhône-Alpes is a region of
outstanding cultural sites, world-renowned
cuisine, winter sports and summer activities,
museums and festivals.
5 reasons to visit Rhône-Alpes

>A four-season region
Leader in winter sports and skiing; multiple activities for summer (outdoor activities, charming accommodations, camping, lakes and mountains).

>Easy access
About 60 direct airlines between the 4 airports in Rhône-Alpes (Lyon, Grenoble, Chambéry and Geneva) and about 20 airports in the UK during winter and around 30 links all year long (Lyon, Grenoble, Geneva). London - Lyon by Eurostar and TGV via Lille is now 5 hours!

>Diversity of landscapes and activities
From snow and Mont Blanc summit to lavender, mountains, countryside, lakes, rivers, big cities, natural parks.. Outdoor activities for everyone and every budget (skiing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting, via ferrata, paragliding, canoe, golf… and even some unique in Rhône-Alpes like hiking on glaciers and ice diving). Gastronomy and wine, culture and festivals.

>Preserved nature and green tourism
Eight natural parks and 25 nature reserves among them Vanoise, Vercors and Chartreuse; Many sites, accommodations and restaurants involved in sustainable and “green” tourism and the Drôme county N° 1 in France for organic production.

>Water, a strong element found everywhere in Rhône-Alpes
7,000km of rivers, the three biggest natural lakes in France, more than 200km of navigable waterways; 400km² of glaciers, 16 thermal/spa resorts, more than 30 mineral waters.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur - Visit France

With 900 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline and the Southern Alps in the North, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in the South- East of France offers a great diversity of sceneries.

5 reasons to visit Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

>Art and Culture, a roman land
In 2007, archaeologists unearthed a life-size bust of Caesar that had been lying in the Rhône River for more than 2,000 years. A cultural itinerary has been created to coincide with the exhibition “Caesar, the Rhône remembers” unveiling the Provence-Côte d'Azur's many Roman sites.

>Outdoor Adventures
From thrill seekers who fancy taking to the air or going underground, to fans of family holidays, there is something for everyone.

>Wine, Flavours and lifestyle
Surrounded by Côtes du Rhône and Côtes de Provence wine valleys, the region offers a cuisine as varied as its scenery. Discover the Bouillabaisse, the truffles, the olives, as well as the lavender essential oils and the markets of Provence.

>City breaks
Elected European capital of culture for 2013, Marseille is without doubt one of the most dynamic cities in France combining diversity with energy and excitement. Along with Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles, the region hosts a huge number of events and festivals all year round.

>Ski and Wellbeing
Enjoying a week in the mountains and finding affordable activities to please everyone can sometimes be challenging but some of the Southern Alps’ top ski resorts have come up with a range of activities to ensure everyone finds something for them.

Roman and Romanesque Monuments of Arles

Historic centre of Avignon

Roman theatre and its surroundings and the "triumphal arch" of Orange

Cassis Calanques

Thoronet Abbaye

Mont Ventoux

Haute-Provence Geological Rerserve