Bastion of Taste and Style - France

A country that is at once foreign to English-speakers yet completely familiar.

The Eiffel Tower, art nouveau bistros, mediaeval village markets, a bottle of Chablis and sophisticated catwalk models on the Côte d'Azur - all images we know so well. French literature has given us stories of love, honour, revolution and intellectual endeavour. Popular culture such as Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera tantalise us to go and see where these stories were set. With 80 million visitors per year France is the most-visited country in the world.

The French architectural legacy stretches from the Romans through fabulous abbeys and chateaux to art nouveau facades and daring modernist buildings. Art encompasses many of the most famous painters in world history. Visit any of the hundreds of top-class museums and see the landscapes that inspired them.

In terms of fashion and culture there are few countries to rival France and the shopping is great whether you are looking for haute couture or antiques.

For the epicure the restaurants, groceries, brasseries, patisseries and wineries are an irresistable temptation. Night life offers spectacular shows or hidden jazz clubs.

France is so much more than Paris - some of Europe's best ski resorts cover huge areas of the Alps, mountain-walks are extensive and well-managed. Quiet, country retreats, beach holidays, cultural tours and white-water rafting... the choice is endless.

France Highlights:

  • Paris and the Isle de France
  • Museums - the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Monet, Degas...
  • The wine-growing areas and chataux: - Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, Loire...
  • The Alps - glaciers, walks, ski-ing and Europe's highest mountain
  • Provence and the Côte d'Azur - style, distilled
  • Disneyland and the Parc Asterix

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