Think of France, and undoubtedly Paris will come to mind. One of the world's great cities, capturing the hearts and minds of visitors for centuries, Paris is small enough to explore by foot, to go out in search of the wide tree-lined boulevards, enjoy chic cafés and explore Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, Centre Pompidou, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and more.
However, France is more than its capital city. Boasting world-class wines and a slow-food culture, you can hop on a barge to drift down canals through wine regions, experiencing the food culture at its best. Bordeaux is at the heart of one of France's most famous wine regions and has the largest concentration of 18th century buildings in Europe, while other legendary wine regions in France include the Loire Valley, Champagne and Burgundy regions.
Discover stunning architecture and beautiful monuments in Strasbourg, with its soaring cathedrals; see the medieval village of Tourrettes; tour the walled citadel of Carcassonne; view the impressive château of Chantilly; and wander ancient passageways in Lyon. Meanwhile, Lille is home to the Charles De Gaulle Museum and the Fine Arts Museum, and also has many small boutiques, museums and markets.
The Côte d'Azur in the south boasts amazing coastline and crystal clear waters. Nice is strategically located to explore the area, with its impressive opera house and Old Town. Nearby Cannes and Monte Carlo feature impressive grand hotels, frequented by the rich and famous.
Born in France, cabaret is an entertaining performance of comedy, song, dance, and theatre. Dine and drink whilst you enjoy a show befitting to your tastes.
Built in the 17th century to connect Tulouse and Étang de Thau, the canal is still considered today a marvel of engineering and accesses some beautiful scenery. For a touch of authenticity, board a restored barge to experience life in the slow lane.
Make a visit to this extravagant independent state and rub shoulders with the rich and famous in its grand casino.
The Loire Valley is famous for its châteaux and world quality wines. Producers often carve cellars out of local tufa rock and offer free tastings of their wines from these 'caves'.
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