No country embodies the grandeur of European travel quite like
From the international artistic reputation of Cannes to the luxurious
leisure of the Riviera, France has demonstrated a
remarkable capacity to overcome a tumultuous history by enriching the quality of life with
The diversity of the country will leave you stimulated, satiated and
asking for more when you finally treat yourself and travel to France.
Throughout European history, France has been the undisputed
pioneer of social revolution and cultural renaissance.
An enlightened society with classic charm, France will guide your
journey seamlessly through centuries of power and progress, defeats and suffering, all of
which possess an essence of timelessness.
Travel to France in July and witness Bastille Day, a commemoration of
the destruction of the prison that King Louis XVI and his predecessors used to quiet
social disruption and censor or torture public irritants.
The day is symbolic of the value of social freedoms and democratic
governance to the French people. The main celebration takes place in Paris at the former
site of the Bastille.
Go further back in time and explore the French countryside, which is
rich with Roman Ruins dating up until the 5th Century.
in the south of France, is known not only for its hot springs but also for the ruins of
Roman bath tubs and swimming pools that depended on these springs as a source for hot
is a well known town central to France's wine and art culture, but also shares a Roman
past as an ancient city with two aqueducts demonstrating the technological prowess of the
For a more unique experience, travel to the Loire Valley, a bastion of
medieval castles, and have yourself a true Ch�teaux experience. Many of the ancient and
classical castles have rooms available for rent, mainly during the summer season. There is
no better way to be immersed in French history; plus, the castles often offer the best of
the surrounding wine region.
Not only is France a gateway into Europe's enchanting history, the
country that is world renowned for its irresistible food, fabulous wines and sophisticated
lifestyle does live up to its reputation.
Visit Nice to enjoy the coveted Riviera way of life while avoiding the
throngs of tourists that swarm to St. Tropez, just up the coast.
While in Paris, make sure to enjoy a quiche lorraine in a local caf�
somewhere on the outskirts of town in addition to scaling the Eiffel Tower or getting lost
in the Louvre.
However you choose to travel, there is no way to miss the robust
culture and resilient history of France.
By Frank Johnson.
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