France Travel Notes is a guide to travel and living in France.
Departments in France
The numbers before the department are the official code and can be seen on car registration plates and postcodes.
01-Ain; 02-Aisne; 03-Allier; 04-Alpes-de-Haute-Provence; 05-Hautes-Alpes; 06-Alpes-Maritimes; 07-Ardeche; 08-Ardennes; 09-Ariege; 10-Aube; 11-Aude; 12-Aveyron; 13-Bouches-du-Rhone; 14-Calvados; 15-Cantal; 16-Charente; 17-Charente-Maritime; 18-Cher; 19-Correze; 2A-Corse-du-Sud; 2B-Haute-Corse; 21-Cote-dOr; 22-Cotes-dArmor; 23-Creuse; 24-Dordogne; 25-Doubs; 26-Drome; 27-Eure; 28-Eure-et-Loir; 29-Finistere; 30-Gard; 31-Haute-Garonne; 32-Gers; 33-Gironde; 34-Herault; 35-Ille-et-Vilaine; 36-Indre; 37-Indre-et-Loire; 38-Isere; 39-Jura; 40-Landes; 41-Loir-et-Cher; 42-Loire; 43-Haute-Loire; 44-Loire-Atlantique; 45-Loiret; 46-Lot; 47-Lot-et-Garonne; 48-Lozere; 49-Maine-et-Loire; 50-Manche; 51-Marne; 52-Haute-Marne; 53-Mayenne; 54-Meurthe-et-Moselle; 55-Meuse; 56-Morbihan; 57-Moselle; 58-Nievre; 59-Nord; 60-Oise; 61-Orne; 62-Pas-de-Calais; 63-Puy-de-Dome; 64-Pyrenees-Atlantiques; 65-Hautes-Pyrenees; 66-Pyrenees-Orientales; 67-Bas-Rhin; 68-Haut-Rhin; 69-Rhone; 70-Haute-Saone; 71-Saone-et-Loire; 72-Sarthe; 73-Savoie; 74-Haute-Savoie; 75-Ville-de-Paris; 76-Seine-Maritime; 77-Seine-et-Marne; 78-Yvelines; 79-Deux-Sevres; 80-Somme; 81-Tarn; 82-Tarn-et-Garonne; 83-Var; 84-Vaucluse; 85-Vendee; 86-Vienne; 87-Haute-Vienne; 88-Vosges; 89-Yonne; 90-Territoire de Belfort; 91-Essonne; 92-Hauts-de-Seine; 93-Seine-Saint-Denis; 94-Val-de-Marne; 95-Val-dOise.
The capital city of a departement is called the prefecture.
The yellow local maps by Michelin are the best maps to have to discover the departmental roads, scenic routes and beautiful villages of rural France.
It's better to have two or three of these, if you're travelling extensively in France, than to rely on a more general map of France.
I also update my copy of the Michelin Road Atlas every few years.
France is a beautiful and culturally rich country that attracts millions of visitors each year.
France has a diverse landscape, ranging from the Alpine mountains in the east to the coastal beaches in the west.
The country is also home to many famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Palace of Versailles, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral; and that's just in Paris.
France is renowned for its food specialties, which includes croissants, baguettes, macarons, escargots, foie gras, and ratatouille.
The country is also famous for its wine, which is produced in many regions, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Champagne.
France has a long and rich history, with a significant impact on the development of Western civilization. It has been involved in many significant events throughout history, including the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and both World War I and II.
France by Region
Some of the original regions reused the names of traditional French provinces, although geographical borders may have differed from those of the provinces.
Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes.
The United Kingdom is connected by regular ferries across the North Sea and a train tunnel under it.
DFDS offers three routes to France from th UK: Dover to Calais or Dunkirk, and Newhaven to Dieppe.
Popular Regions in France
Chamonix and French Alps - French Riviera - Loire Valley and French Castles - Provence.
Our favourite place for the French weather forecast is Meteo France.
France Maps and Travel Guides
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