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France is indeed beautiful – from its Côte d’Azur beaches and Loire château to vintage wines and gourmet food. It’s the largest country in Western Europe so there’s a province for everyone and a city for every taste. The Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, the Pyrenées forming a border with Spain, the Alps shared with Italy and Switzerland, and rivers including the legendary Loire and Rhine, ensure stunning landscapes.
From this land have risen historical figures such as Joan of Arc, Napoléon and the Sun King, Louis XIV. France breathes history but bursts with artistic accomplishment too – stand and feel the magic of scenes captured by renowned painters such as Monet, Cézanne and Picasso. The land too has given us Champagne and burgundy wines, truffles and Camembert. Markets overflow with glowing peaches and cherries, and chefs transform this bounty into haute cuisine.
Paris, the city of light and the French capital is, its residents believe, the heart of France. With the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine River, who can blame them for being biased? But follow the French into the countryside and you’ll find a different world of stone villages, fields of lavender, vineyards and seaside playgrounds of the rich and famous.
What other city can conjure up romance, elegance and chic sophistication like Paris? This is a city to savour – whether from high among the lattice work of the Eiffel Tower or from a pavement café with a glass of Bordeaux in hand.
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Northern France is redolent with reminders of some of the bloodiest events of the 20th century. Increasingly Kiwis are drawn to its D-Day landing beaches, to visit battlefields that are the last resting places of soldiers from the World Wars....
An illustrious region by any standards, Champagne fosters a prestigious name and the charisma to match. A patchwork of vineyards, villages and cities, Champagne quite literally sparkles. From cellar visits to Michelin-starred restaurants...
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When you finish in Nice, the hub of the Côte D’Azur, you’ll leave the Mediterranean shores and head inland to a region that oozes seduction. Not only is this region drenched in sunshine 300 days ...
Defined by its curved bay and the Promenade des Anglais, Nice is the capital of the Côte D’Azur and a hub of year-round liveliness. The mostly pedestrianised centre is easily walkable, with busy French bistros spilling from its lanes. ...
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Bordeaux is impressive with its romantic bridges and Gothic gargoyles clinging to limestone walls, unmatched dining, legendary wines and world-class art. From here discover the ever-beautiful ...
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