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All you need to know France

| 17 Jan 2014

Cox & Kings’ Europe expert Michael Fleetwood tells us all we could ever need to know about the South of France.

Fortified Citadel Carcassone

THE BACKGROUND
LOCATION The Canal du Midi, stretching almost 250 km from Toulouse to the Mediterranean, is part of a network of canals linking the Atlantic with the Mediterranean.

LANGUAGES French

POPULATION 66 Million

TIME ZONE GMT +1 hours

CURRENCY 1 euro = 100 cents 1.17 To £1

VISAS No visas required for EU citizens.

POTTED HISTORY From Caesar and the famous Gallic conquests to the demise of the last monarch of France, Napoleon III, France has had a colourful history. The country now has the honour of being the most visited country in the world for tourists.

TOP TIP
Use the ultra-efficient and fast TGV trains to travel around the country in comfort. Travel to Paris or Lille by Eurostar and then take an onward connection to the south of country.

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
WHEN TO GO
May to September is considered to be the best times to visit the canals.

WHAT TO READ
The Scarlet Pimpernel
by Emmuska Orczy
Armed with only his wits, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine.

WHAT TO WATCH
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

FIND OUT MORE
www.rendezvousenfrance.com
Official tourist site for France.

BEING THERE
WHAT TO EAT
With French gastronomy added to Unesco’s list of intangible list of cultural heritage, the country is a food lover’s paradise.

THROUGH A WRITER’S EYES
“France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older – intelligence and good manners” F. Scott Fitzgerald

SET YOUR COMPASS
Noilly Prat Visit the hard to pronounce vermouth distillery in Marseillan.

Carcassonne Dating back to the Gallo-Roman era, this is the most complete medieval fortified city in existence today with its 52 watchtowers, portcullis and extraordinary repertoire of defences, which resisted the many armies that tried to storm this glorious Camelot setting.

Narbonne A Roman Mediterranean capital where the Visigoth monarchs once lived. Enjoy a visit to the Archbishop’s Palace, the Horreum and explore the indoor market at the hub of this bustling canal side town.

Fonserannes Descend the seven staircase locks in this piece of unique piece of architecture.

Lagrasse Selected as one of the “plus beaux villages de France” (most beautiful villages of France), it is now home to many artisans who have set up workshops in the medieval centre.

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RECOMMENDED TOURS

The South of France Canal du Midi and Provence with Enchante – 7 days / 6 nights from £3,690 per person. Click here to find out more.

The South of France Canal du Midi with Anjodi – 7 days / 6 nights from £2,850 per person. Click here to find out more.

The South of France Canal du Midi with Athos – 7 days / 6 nights from £2,860 per person. Click here to find out more.



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