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    Famous Paris Places and Neighborhoods

    The Eiffel Tower When the Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889, it was the tallest building in the world at just over 300 meters high. The tower was originally built as a temporary structure to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution for the 1889 World’s Fair exposition.  What was once a temporary exhibit became permanent and now the monument is the enduring symbol of the city of Paris and France itself. Back in the 1880’s, the tower’s steel construction defied all traditional rules of architecture.  Gustave Eiffel’s design was considered quite bold at the time. Today the tower is the main television transmitter for the city of Paris and the most visited site in France.…

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    Pays de la Loire

    Welcome to the Beautiful Western Loire Get to know France’s Pays de la Loire region As the Loire River runs west towards the Atlantic, the traveler enters a peaceable region of lush countryside, vineyards, long sandy beaches and salt marshes, dotted with many small undiscovered castles, manor houses and hunting lodges. Bucolic pleasures are mixed with fascinating cities, stunning artwork and cultural festivities.  Pays de la Loire Highlights Le Mans-Laval: The famous 24-hour car race and “rillettes”, a local gastronomic speciality, have, in their different ways, assured the town’s reputation. Le Mans is a shop window for progress but it is also knows how to maintain its traditions. While speed…

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    Hauts-de-France

    Welcome to France’s Northernmost Region Hauts-de-France is France’s northern most state. It was formed by combining the regions of Nord-Pas-De-Calais and Picardy. oVer 6 million people live in the Hauts-de-France region. About Nord-Pas-De-Calais Located on France’s northern border with Belgium is the Nord-Pas-De-Calais region. Nord-De-Pas-Calais was featured prominently in both WWI and WWII. The vast network of memorials and museums attest to this fact. The region is just a few hours via train from Paris. When visiting be sure to enjoy the fine selection of locally brewed beers. Yes, France makes great beer too, although this fact is usually lost when compared with France’s neighbors to the north and east.…

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    Grand Est

    The Grand Est region of France is made up of three historically distinct regions: Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne. The Grand Est is one of the most beautiful regions of France and a perfect place to visit while on a France vacation. Champagne, France. An Appreciation. When 86,000 acres produces 200 million bottles of bubbly, you might say you have a popular product. Champagne is all about luxury and celebration, a tradition that started in the 10th century when it became the official drink at the coronation of French King Hugh Capet. And isn’t it impressive when your drink is so popular and well made they name it after the land? People are…

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    Bourgogne-Franche-Comte

    Welcome to Burgundy, France’s Premier Wine Region The region of Burgundy is located southwest of Paris. It is easily accessible from Paris via high-speed TGV train, modern highways, and a network of rivers and canals.  Burgundy is considered the wine capital of France, and with good reason: the wines of Burgundy set the standard for the world.  Visit Burgundy with us. The Saone River, the Canal de Bourgogne, and numerous other waterways provide a leisurely means for a river boat vacation in France. From behind the wheel of a rented boat you can glide along tree-lined canals, floating along at the pace of a brisk walk (that is about as fast as the…

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    Occitanie

    Midi-Pyrénées Region and the City of Toulouse Welcome to the Midi-Pyrénées Region The Midi-Pyrénées region is located in the heart of south-western France. The region extends from the wooded hills of the Dordogne in the north, to the great river valleys in the center, and the majestic Pyrenees mountains and the Spanish border to the south. One of France’s largest regions with a landscape dotted with ancient towns, charming villages, castles, Romanesque churches and a rich history. The region is known for its agriculture. The region produces a variety of crops including corn, soy, sunflowers, tobacco, wheat, tomatoes, a variety of beans, kiwis, melons, strawberries, apples, pears, plums and peaches.…

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    Nouvelle-Aquitaine

    AQUITAINE, FRANCE The Aquitaine region is located in the southwest of France. The region’s capital city of Bordeaux is roughly 350 miles from Paris. Bordeaux is easily accessible via TGV rail. Aquitaine is one of France’s premier wine growing regions. Varieties include Margaux, Medoc, Sauterne, and Saint-Emilion among others. A visit to Aquitaine is a delight for the wine enthusiast. Aquitaine is also a region of wide open spaces which includes Europe’s largest untouched forest. The region is also home to some of France’s best golf courses and some wonderful beaches at Biarritz (pictured below). History buffs and followers of royal intrigue will be taken with Aquitaine’s past. A former duchy ruled…

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    Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

    Visit the rustic and quiet Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France Auvergne Anchoring the center of France is the Massif Central, a rugged plateau of ancient granite and hardened lava. The landscape is punctuated by volcanic peaks and deep river gorges. This is the land of the Auvergne, a region of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, located midway between Paris and the Mediterranean sea. The Auvergne is believed to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. In fact, regional artifacts suggest that the Celts lived here as early as 400 BC. Today, the Auvergne boasts some of France’s most beautiful Romanesque churches and Renaissance era palaces. The first cathedral built in the region…

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    Normandy Tours from Paris FAQ’s

    Answers to some of the most common Normandy touring questions Can you tour Normandy on your own? If you are driving a car, you can certainly visit the local museums and drive the coastline.  If arrive via train at Caen or Bayeux station, you’ll want to join a tour or rent a car since you are at least 20 miles from any actual D-Day landing site. How many days are needed to visit Normandy? Normandy is a region that stretches 300 miles from Belgium to Brittany, but you can fit the American D-Day highlights into one busy and enjoyable day.  It’s ideal to add a second day to see Mont…