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    Loire Valley Cycling Tour Highlights

    The castles you’ll visit in the Loire Valley along the way View the full Loire Valley cycling tour description. Chateau d’Amboise 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 in the Loire Valley has been partially restored and preserved, but has never quite returned to its 16th century glory, when Leonardo Da Vinci and Italian craftsmen lived on the grounds, building to the specifications of then King Francis I. It’s the only castle still owned by heirs to the French throne. Clos Luce Clos Luce is a stately manor house with the…

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    The Limousin Region of France

    Limousin Limousin is a rural region hours south of Paris, east of Bordeaux. Major attractions are the huge national forests for camping, biking and hiking. A countryside drive means you’ll pass herds of chestnut red cattle and old oak forests. This very special oak is claimed solely by the house of Remy Martin. Aging in Limousin oak is what gives the Cognac its complex flavor. you might find a few oldsters still speaking the local dialect of Occitan, but that’s an ever-rarer experience. The region is now part of Nouvelles-Aquitaine and is anchored by the small city of Limoges, known for porcelain-making, thanks to the fine clay of the area.…

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    Lille, France

    An underrated gem and France’s 4th biggest city. Located in northern France on the river Deule, the city of Lille was founded in the Middle Ages, with a charter dating back to 1066. The County of Flanders, which first appeared in written documents in the 9th century, was formed after the Treaties of Verdun (843). Lille became one of its capitals and centers of commerce. The tragic death of Charles the Reckless (the last Duke of Burgundy) in 1477 put a sudden end to the splendors of the court at Lille. Years later, Louis XIV had to use all his power and determination to annex the city to France once…

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    Languedoc-Roussillon and Montpellier

    All about the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France From the peaks of the Pyrenees mountains to the wide open spaces of the Camargue and the Mediterranean coastline, the Languedoc-Roussillon is filled with the history of many centuries. It’s adjacent to Provence and shares the relaxed vibe of that region, with simple humble food and unfussy wine. As with Provence, Roman artefacts, ruins and the remains of roads and aqueducts abound. Historic villages of the Cote Vermeille are a stand-out. Walled cities are scattered throughout the region, but the crown jewel is Carcassone. An important stronghold that changed hands many times in the Middle Ages, Carcassone was set to be demolished by…

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    Interactive France Map – Regions and Cities

    Use the links below the map to learn about the regions beyond Paris. Click on a link below the France map for more information. Find the land beyond Paris, be it the Alps, Provence, Loire castles or the solemn history of the Sommes and Normandy. The more you know, the more you will want to see.. France Map – City and Region Information Aquitaine and Bordeaux Brittany Burgundy and Dijon, France Champagne Nord-Pas-De-Calais and Lille Midi-Pyrenees Region and the City of Toulouse Limousin and Limoges The Loire Valley Poitou-Charentes, the Heart of Cognac country Auvergne and Clermont-Ferrand Welcome to Normandy Alsace and Lorraine Languedoc-Roussillon and Montpellier Provence Franche-Comte and Besançon Ile-de-France…

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    Images That Will Make You Want To Visit Amazing Provence

    Welcome to Beautiful Provence In my dreams I own an apartment in Paris and a house in Provence.  It is such a beautiful region.  Here are a few images to get your travel juices flowing. There are thousands upon thousands of charming streets and homes in the region.  Just being around them is healing.  This one is in the village of Vence. I know, I know.  It’s Provence.  Marseilles. The Mediterranean.  So yes, this should be a picture of a fish dish, but food in Provence is so much more than that!  Fig or raisin bread anyone? Lavender is everywhere in the region, but to see fields look like this…

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    The History of Magical Chenonceau Castle

    Welcome to Chenonceau! The castle of Chenonceau first appears in historical documents around the 11th century. A family owned the castle and land around Chenonceau up until the 15th century. The castle’s modern history begins around this time. 1411A royal decree against the Marques family patriarch, Jean Marques, for an act of sedition, included an order for the destruction of the original manor at Chenonceau as punishment. 1432Jean Marques builds a castle and a fortified mill to replace the lost manor of Chenonceau. A short video tour of Chenonceau: 1513Pierre Marques, the heir of Jean, up to his eyes in debt, sells the castle. It was readily purchased by Thomas…

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    The American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer

    Hallowed Ground in Normandy at Colleville-Sur-Mer As you stand atop the cliff at Colleville-Sur-Mer, marble crosses and Stars of David stretch as far as the eye can see. More than 9000 Americans are buried here, having died in the waves of troops that came ashore on June 6, 1944, and the many days and weeks after. Covering 172 acres, the cemetery was dedicated just after World War II. Though it’s often assumed to be, it is not considered American soil. Devoted French volunteers tend to the graves, place flowers, and place American flags on July 4 and Memorial Day. Visitors can sometimes be lucky enough to be part of the…

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    Welcome to Breathtaking Provence!

    France’s Provence region should be on your vacation list The Provence-Alps-Cote d’Azur region is ideally situated between the Mediterranean coastline and the Alps. Its location and climate are extremely attractive. Extraordinary scenery combined with a rich historical past of exceptional archaeological and architectural interest, together with a multitude of celebrations and festivals, make it an exciting area to visit. Every city, town, village and resort is adequately equipped to accommodate and cater for the needs of the tourist trade whether in top class hotels or on camp sites. VISIT PROVENCE FROM PARIS!We offer three great trips from Paris to enjoy the pleasures of the region.One Night In ProvenceThree Days in ProvenceFive-Day/Four Night Trip…

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    Welcome to the Beautiful Western Loire

    Get to know France’s Western 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.  Western 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 rules on the Bugatti racing track, vintage and more recent…