10 reasons to go to France

 

There are many reasons to go to France. The French cities are amazing but getting off the beaten track and into the countryside is were you will experience the diverse French culture

1. Cycle up to top of Mount Ventoux.

Provence

  This is the notorious hill climb of many Tours de France. 2013-06-30 020  Stay in the lovely town of  Mormoiron.

This village is tucked away on the hill top with a beautiful view of Mt Ventoux.  DSC02695Have a coffee in Bedoin

 This is a lovely small town that is all about cycling.  bedoin 2013-07-05 002

2. Walk the streets of Honfleur

Normandy

 The town of Honfleur is like being in a huge outdoor gallery. The streets are lined with private galleries ready to pack up your latest purchase.DSCF2064The numerous restaurants serve the freshest of seafood with a view. After a day of exploring you will want to settle in to the catch of the day.DSC03160

3.  Visit the Christmas market in Kayserberg

Alsace

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The “Land of Christmas Stars” around Colmar, is a must for Christmas in the Alsace.

Each village becomes a town in the Middle Ages that has retained its authenticity  and where streets and alleys decorated invite you to discover and dream.

Charming village roads4.  Walk through the  village of Oradour-sur-Glane

Limousin

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This village was the site of a massacre in 1944 by the Nazis. The ruins of the original village remain as a memorial to the dead

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5. Stay in the beautiful Chateau Colbert built in 1679

The Loire

The chateau is in the  town of Maulevrier  located in the Loire Region of France. While you are in Maulevrier you  should  visit the amazing Le Puy-du-Fou Historical theme park and Cinescenie.  Puy du Fou was voted the BEST PARK IN THE WORLD in 2014 DSC03275

Puy du Fou Park and CinescenieDSCF21211,200 actors on a stage spread over 23 hectares, 24,000 costumes

 

6.  Go to the market in Sarlat

Périgord Noir

 This is one of France’s best markets and known for its truffles and foie gras. DSC00247-1

Sarlat has the highest density of ‘Historic Monuments’ and ‘Classified Monuments’ of any town in France. The beautiful honey coloured stone buildings are best enjoyed in the morning light.DSC00238-1

7. Cycle around Île-de-Ré

Poitou-Charentes

The island is flat so you won’t need your Tour de France jersey here. Just enjoy the view!LES TERRASSES DE LA FLOTTE EN Rƒ Hang out with the  Donkeys on Île-de-Ré The unique breed is called  Baudets du Poitou they were once the hard workers in the salt marshes. They are also know to wear gingham trousers to protect them from the flies and mosquitoes

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8.  Attend a music concert in Albi.

Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées

 Each year the city hosts an amazing music festival called Pause Guitare held at the beginning of July each year.DSC02990

Albi is also home to the beautiful cathedral Saint CeciliaAlbi_Cathedral_Choir_nonHDR_Wikimedia_Commons

 

9 Eat sweets in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

  This medieval  village is the home to the classic french sweet Anis de Flavigny still made within the  walls of Saint-Pierre Benedictine Abbey.anis de flavigny

Walk along the beautiful streets of the village, used as the location for the movie Chocolat, based on the book by  Joanne Harris    DSC00429

10  Bring your paints to Pont-Aven.

Brittany

Once home to the “Pont-Aven School” Emile Bernard, Paul Gauguin and Paul Servusier  . pont aven 4pont aven

 

 

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2 thoughts on “10 reasons to go to France

  1. you have done it again!! well done Sue

    On Sat, Apr 2, 2016 at 6:29 AM, The Adventures of the Madills wrote:

    > symadill posted: ” There are many reasons to go to France. The French > cities are amazing but getting off the beaten track and into the > countryside is were you will experience the diverse French culture 1. Cycle > up to top of Mount Ventoux. This is the notorious hil” >

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