|Mont Saint Michel
|A fairy-tale medieval city, clinging to a rock
surrounded by the
waters of St Michael's bay, Mont Saint Michel was for centuries a small
city centered round a Benedictine monastery. Until the 19th century, it
was an island surrounded by treacherous quicksands. Today the mount can
be reached thanks to a causeway that is open at all times, except
during exceptionally high tides.
||The Camargue is one of the most important biosphere
Europe. A unique area of wetlands in the delta of the river Rhone, it
is a wildlife habitat of international importance. Indiginous
white ponies live in semi liberty on the salt flats, which are also
home to black bulls and pink flamingoes. The Camargue is also famed for
its Gypsy heritage, and is the only place in France where visitors can
drive through rice paddies.
|Old city of Strasbourg
|| The old city of Strasbourg stands on an
island in the middle
of the River Ill (that's ILL). With its germanic roots, Strasbourg,
which lies in the Rhine valley, has a very attractive historic quarter,
with its half-timbered houses, traditional wine bars, and craft shops.
de Bourges (Centre - Val de Loire)
||This is the least-known of the great gothic cathedrals
but the reason is simple. Unlike Chartres or Amiens and the others, it
is not close to Paris, and until recently was not actually on a main
route to anywhere. It was not on the tourist circuit. But Bourges has
one of the finest and purest of France's medieval cathedrals, the only
cathedral with five aisles, and also a cathedral with a magnificent
collection of medieval stained glass.
|Roman remains at Nimes
||In and around the Mediterranean city of Nimes,
Montpellier stand some of the finest Roman remains outside
Rome. The Maison Carré, a perfectly preserved Roman temple,
arena, still in use today, and the Pont du Gard, an amazing Roman
aqueduct, are just the icing on the cake.
||The old city of Carcassonne is one of the
finest examples of a medieval walled city in Europe.
While the city was extensively renovated and embellished in the 19th
century, the essential structure of the city, its ramparts, its towers,
its gates and its narrow streets, form the best example of a fortified
medieval town anywhere in France.
(Centre Val de Loire)
|The second most visited of the Loire
Chambord, Chenonceaux is altogether more intimate, and unique. This
Renaissance château is built literally "on" the river Cher.
surrounded by beauriful gardens in the classic French style
|Puy du Fou
|A theme park with a difference. No roller-coasters,
nothing American, but the greatest living history theme park in the
world. Fifteen attractions and four large historic sets, plus the
greatest sound and light show in France
|Chamonix & Mont Blanc (Rhône Alpes)
||While the whole of the French Alps is an area of
natural beauty, the Chamonix valley, lying beneath the eternally
snow-capped peaks of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak. From
Chamonix a rack and pinion railway takes visitors up to an altitude of
over 1900 metres, for a view over the "Mer de glace", the last
surviving glacier in the French Alps.
|The city of Albi
||Another small city, not on the main tourist trail, Albi
historic city with a turbulent past. The massive medieval fortified
red-brick cathedral, unique of its kind, is a witness to this. Next
door to the cathedral, in the former bishop's palace, the Toulouse
Lautrec museum celebrates the life and work of Henri de Toulouse
Lautrec, the great post-Impressionist whose works have come to define
life in Paris in the "Belle époque". Below the cathedral, a
Roman bridge crosses the river Tarn.