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Written History began in France with the invasion of the territory by the Romans, between 118 and 50 BC. Starting then, the territory which is today called France was part of the roman empire, and the Gauls, who lived there before Roman invasions, became accultured Gallo-romans.

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• Paris

Discover Paris, France

For the World's Fair of 1889 in Paris which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, the Eiffel Tower was built, the best-known landmark in Paris and tallest structure in the world until 1930. The large scale display of electricity earned Paris the nickname City of Lights …

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• Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, South of France

Aix-en-Provence is often referred to as the city of a thousand fountains. Among the most notable are the 17th-century Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins (Fountain of the Four Dolphins) in the Quartier Mazarin, designed by Jean-Claude Rambot, and three of the fountains down the central Cours Mirabeau …

• Alsace

Alsace Tours, Travel & Activities

Having been early and always densely populated, Alsace is famous for its high number of picturesque villages, churches and castles and for the various beauties of its three main towns, in spite of severe destructions suffered throughout five centuries of wars between France and Germany …

• Avignon

Avignon, South of France

In 1309, Avignon was chosen by Pope Clement V as his residence when the city and the surrounding Comtat Venaissin were ruled by the kings of Sicily from the house of Anjou, and from 9 March 1309 till 13 January 1377 was the seat of the Papacy instead of Eternal Rome …

• Bayeux

Destination Bayeux, Western France

Bayeux was the first town to be liberated after D-Day, and makes a perfect launch pad for exploring the invasion beaches just to the north. It's also one of the few towns in the region to have survived WWII practically unscathed. Its winding streets are crammed with higgledy-piggledy period buildings …

• Bordeaux

Destination Bordeaux, Western France

Bordeaux is known to be the world's wine industry capital, and it is considered Europe's main military space and aeronautics research and construction complex. Bordeaux wine draws its name from the city around which it has been produced since the 8th century …

• Burgundy & Dijjon

Burgundy & Dijjon Tours, Travel & Activities

Burgundy's modern existence is rooted in the dissolution of the Frankish Empire. During the Middle Ages, Burgundy was the seat of some of the most important Western churches and monasteries, among them Cluny, Cîteaux, and Vézelay …

• Caen

Destination Caen, Western France

The 1,000-year-old Château de Caen, with its massive walls, twin abbeys and two great gates, is a structure full of history, and there's also plenty of art and original half-timbered buildings along its street. Caen makes a convenient base for day trips to the World War II memorials along the coast. …

• Cannes

Cannes, South of France

Cannes lies on the Cote d'Azur within easy reach of the Maritime Alps. It is noted for its gorgeous sandy beaches which are mainly open to the public for a fee, particularly as one moves west to Cannes La Bocca. The Cannes Film Festival, held annually in May, is a major event for the world film industry …

• Champagne

Champagne, France

The production of the celebrated Champagne takes place mainly in two départements: Marne, whose metropolis is the 'Coronation City' of Reims, famed for its medieval churches; and the less prestigious Aube, whose préfecture is the ancient and picturesque city of Troyes …

• French Riviera

French Riviera, South of France

The French Riviera coastline was one of the first modern resort areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats …

• Lille

Lille Tours, Travel & Activities

Lille features an array of architectural styles with various amounts of Flemish influence, including the use of brown and red brick. In addition, many residential neighborhoods, especially in Greater Lille, consist of attached 2-3 story houses aligned in a row, with narrow gardens in the back …

• Lyon

Lyon, France

Lyonis also a city of rivers and hills. You can cruise the rivers, or walk the river banks. You can plunge into the city's hidden traboules or you can hop on one of the oldest funiculars railways in Europe to climb the hill of Fourviére to the Basilica for a spectacular view of the city and distant mountains …

• Marseille

Marseille, South of France

Marseille is classified as a significant centre of art and history. The city boasts many excellent museums and galleries. With its beaches, history, architecture and culture (24 museums and 42 theatres), Marseille is one of the most visited cities in France …

• Nice

Nice, South of France

Nice is a city in southern France located on the Mediterranean coast, between Marseille and Genoa, with 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area at the 2007 estimate. The city is a major tourist centre and a leading resort on the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur). It is the historical capital city of the County of Nice …

• Normandy

Destination Normandy, Western France

The historical Duchy of Normandy was a formerly independent duchy occupying the lower Seine area, the Pays de Caux and the region to the west through the Pays d'Auge as far as the Cotentin Peninsula. The region is bordered along the northern coasts by the English Channel …

• Provence

Provence, South of France

The Romans made the region into the first Roman province beyond the Alps and called it Provincia Romana, which evolved into the present name. It was ruled by the Counts of Provence from their capital in Aix-en-Provence until 1481, when it became a province of the Kings of France …

• Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is well deserving of its UNESCO status, but for all its historic charms, the Alsatian capital is still a modern, cosmopolitan city, home to the European Parliament offices and France's second largest university, while drawing thousands of international tourists to its Christmas Market …

• Toulouse

Destination Toulouse, Western France

Located between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast, Toulouse is a city of students, a center of cutting-edge European technology and the capital of the good life; its taste for celebrations and fine food attracts a growing number of new inhabitants …

• Versailles

Versailles Tours, Travel & Activities

Versailles is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French, it is known as the Château de Versailles. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village; today, however, it is a wealthy suburb of Paris, some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital …

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The French wrote the book on la vie en rose and gave the world champagne and camembert, de Beauvoir and Debussy, the Tour de France and the Tour Eiffel. There's a term for their seductive lifestyle - Douce France (Sweet France) and you'll find yourself using it often …

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France features cities of high cultural interest, beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquility. Small and picturesque French villages are promoted through the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France …

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