France - Land of Natural Beauty
The beautiful lands of France have been an inspiration to many a traveler, poet, artist and writer. It is hardly surprising given that you find different types of climate and geography â€“ from the snow clad peaks of the Alps and Pyrenees to the sun ..
This hexagonal shaped country lies in Western Europe and shares its borders with Germany, Spain, Italy and Switzerland among others. Climate-wise, there is a lot of variety but for the most part, most of France enjoys cool summers and mild to moderate winters. This of course will vary depending on the area, like the winters in the mountains of the Pyrenees will of course be far colder than most places whereas the warm weather in the French Riviera attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
Geographically speaking, France straddles a little over 670000 square kilometers of land. While there are mostly gently rolling hills and flat terrain in the North and West, the rest of the country is fairly mountainous. Now that we've have an idea of what France is from geographic and climatic perspective, let us take a look at some of the must-see and must-do things in this wonderful country:
Paris â€“ Paree aah Paree, this City of Lights is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Paris has long been associated with lovers which also makes it one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations. The capital of France has some wonderful monuments and museums like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. This city is also a gastronomic delight having an abundance of eateries from the road side cafes to the Michelin rated fine dining restaurants where one can indulge in exotic foods like escargot (snails) and frogs' legs.
Wine Country â€“ The South Western part of France features several regions (one of the more renowned ones being Bordeaux.) famous for producing different kinds of wine. The French love their wine so it will not come as a surprise that their wine regions produce everything from everyday table wine to super expensive sparkling wines. Speaking of sparkling wines, the region of Champagne is a must visit if only to taste genuine Champagne in the only place it is actually manufactured.
The French Riviera â€“ This Mediterranean coastline area in the South East corner of France is actually called CÃ´te d'Azur or the Blue Coast. Home to many of the most beautiful beaches and scenic views of the ocean, the French Riviera is a popular tourist center. It is bathed in sunshine for 300 out of 365 days in a year and has more than 100 kilometers of golden and white sandy beaches, multiple golf courses, ski resorts and literally thousands of restaurants. Nice has a couple of â€˜nice' places to stay like Le Mas de Selves which is a bed and breakfast hotel. Quaint Hotel Canada in the centre of Nice is also a decent option for you when you are in France.
So whether you are a newlywed couple looking for a honeymoon destination or a lover of the arts or just a regular tourist, there is something for everyone in the lovely France.
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