Are you a budding Francophile looking to explore more of France? Grab your croissants and dive into this tasty list of Idyllic French Destinations Outside of Paris.
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Chambery and the French Alps
Discover the Alpes and the River Rhône, two important features which give this destination both its name and its dramatic character. Tours and vacation packages will lead you through the world famous Beaujolais vineyards, internationally renowned ski resorts such as Chamonix, historic cities like Chambery, and elegant spa towns along the shore of Lake Geneva..
They all used to come here, from Coco Chanel and Ernst Hemingway to Frank Sinatra and the royals – Biarritz used to be the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast. But with time, the glamour faded. Thanks to windsurfing and other water sports, however, the charming city has rejuvenated. It is now the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend break, and there is no need to rush: the city is fairly small and you can easily see everything even on a short visit.
Loire Valley region
The Loire Valley, known as "the Garden of France" and "the Cradle of the French Language", was the favorite residence of the kings of France during the Renaissance period. Since then, royalty and commoners alike have traveled to this idyllic countryside destination for a supreme vacation. Walk in the footsteps of the greatest artists and architects of their era while you tour the "land of a thousand castles."
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Originally a sleepy market town on the road to the spas of the Pyrenees, Lourdes has grown into the largest Marian pilgrimage center in the world. Let your vacation package guide you through the two sections of this spiritual destination. There is the international portion by the river, consisting of the religious area containing the Grotto and the churches, known as the Domaine or the Sanctuaries, and the "French" portion, centered around the market place & Hotel de Ville (city hall).
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Marseille is the undiscovered jewel in the crown of France’s Mediterranean coastline. The rocky hills of Provence look down onto the ancient port and the thousands of boats docked in its clear blue waters. Countless artists have been seduced by the sunny climate and the hustle-and-bustle of the town. France’s second city has all you could ask for - beautiful beaches, ancient buildings, thriving arts, and a dynamic nightlife. Welcome to a place fiercely proud of its unique cultural heritage, dubbed "Planet Mars" by its youthful population.
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A vacation to Normandy is sure to dazzle travelers with its memorable people and places that have influenced the history of Europe and the world. It is perhaps most famous as the site of the D-Day attack in World War II. Much of the area was destroyed or damaged during these operations and today you can tour numerous attractions that commemorate the events that took place. The Caen Memorial houses a small museum and is located just ten minutes from the WWII Landing Beaches. Another famous piece of Normandy history is the story of Joan of Arc, France's national heroine. It was in a square in the Normandy city of Rouen where she was burned at the stake, and the Musee Jeanne-d'Arc showcases her life, as well as her personal politics and accomplishments.
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A visit to Avignon, France will leave you breathless as you tour this home of artistic creation with a medieval facade. This strange duality gives this destination its undeniable charm. Lying in the shadow of the "Palais des Popes," or Pope's Palace, this city lends itself to endless attractions and tours through its giant jewel box of treasures, including numerous museums, noble mansions, venerable churches, famous bridges and well known ramparts.
Come explore 2000 years of history, deep culture and beautiful architecture that blends history and modernity in Toulose. Located in the Garonne Valley of south west France, has been a central point of trade between the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees since the Iron Age.
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