France Regions

Learn all about the different regions of France. From the snow capped Alps to the beaches of Provence to the rocky shores of Normandy and Brittany.

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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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    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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    Nouvelle-Aquitaine

    All about the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and Bordeaux The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is located in the southwest of France. It is made up of the former regions of Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, and Limousin. The capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the city of Bordeaux and is roughly 350 miles from Paris. Bordeaux is easily accessible from Paris in just over two hours via high speed TGV rail. Nouvelle-Aquitaine is one of France’s premier wine growing regions. Varieties grown in the region include Margaux, Medoc, Sauterne, and Saint-Emilion among others. A visit to the region is a delight for the wine enthusiast. Nouvelle-Aquitaine is also a region of wide open spaces which includes Europe’s largest untouched…

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    Visit Magnificent Provence with Link Paris

    A Provence tour, the perfect add-on to a Paris vacation. The Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region is a lot like Southern California, if you added old Roman roads and darling rocky hilltop villages to the mix.  Topanga Canyon is wonderful, but it isn’t Arles. Visit Provence with us! France has a designation for its small towns of “charm and character”: Les Plus Beaux Villages de France or the most beautiful villages of France.  The region has an awful lot of them. Among them are Gordes, Menherbes and most of towns in the Luberon region. And how do you feel about food? You are in France so we assume “feed me well” is your…

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    Discover Brittany

    Travel in the Footsteps of Brittany’s Artists The French Ministry of Culture has designated eight cities in Brittany as national “cities of art and history” for their contributions to the culture and beauty of France. They are: Quimper, Auray, Vannes, Rennes, Fougères, Vitré, Dinan, and Saint-Malo. For more than two centuries, Brittany has inspired artists from all over the globe, and today it remains one of the most popular French regions for artists. Artists founded colonies at Concarneau, Pont-Aven, and Douarnenez. In the 1860s, the American artists Henry Bacon, Robert Wylie, and others traveled from Philadelphia through Paris to Brittany in search of fresh inspiration and established themselves in Pont-Aven.…

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    The Brittany Coast By Car

    Join us on our journey along the Brittany coast If you are determined to see the second most visited site in France, the monastery at Mont St. Michel, you might as well include the Brittany coast, too. That was our logic as we set off via rental car from Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, me fresh off a coach flight from Los Angeles, husband John with a head start on his jet lag having arrived about 36 hours before. We were in a jaunty 5 speed diesel Renault rental, shockingly roomy inside, and with that awesome heating capability you absolutely need in Northern Europe, even in March. Maybe especially in…

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    Exciting Le Havre Shore Excursions

    Custom and Private Le Havre Shore Excursions If you are landing at a port of call in Normandy, France such as Le Havre please contact us to arrange a custom tour to the d-day landing beaches or for a special day trip to Paris. Pick-up and drop-off at your dock. Call us before your cruise toll free in the USA at 1-424-386-5222 or email us. Suggested Tour Sites and Destinations from Le Harve: Read our company reviews on Trip Advisor. If you have any other destinations in mind besides the above please visit our Normandy page. One thing to keep in mind when planning Le Havre Shore Excursions is that it…

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    Wednesday and Saturday Loire Castle Schedule

    CASTLES YOU’LL VISIT… Built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher, Chenonceau is most known for the arched bridge at its base joining the château to the river’s opposite bank. A couple of centuries of crumbling disrepair was finally addressed right after World War II by the current owners (the family Menier, heirs to a chocolate-making fortune). Other than the Royal Palace of Versailles, it is the most visited château in France. The village of Amboise is anchored by the grand Château Amboise, along the river Loire, just 20 minutes from Tours. In recent times, the château Amboise has been partially restored and preserved, but has never returned to its…

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    From Switzerland to Burgundy: A Memorable Travelogue

    My Trip to Burgundy and Montreaux Recently, we found ourselves in Montreaux, Switzerland for a travel convention. In Montreaux you are on the shores of pristine Lake Geneva, on the Swiss side Friendly travel tip: Switzerland is on the Swiss franc, not the euro.  But it’s 2019 and we did not trade any money in the age of plastic and chipped cards.   You do get to choose which currency you want to be billed in when they run the card.  I have no idea whether you can save a few centimes doing that.   We literally just alternated the currency choice.  A weird temperature blip/micro-climate allows palm trees to grow along the…