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While writing about different places to travel to across the, my appreciation for other cultures and people have deepened. Writing about these experiences not only helps me remember the trips, but helps to enhance my appreciation for my travels. The sights in other countries are often breathtaking, and with vast details embedded in the history, it’s impossible to fully grasp all of it from books. Sometimes, the best teacher is experience.

This article focuses on France, a republic in Western Europe which includes islands and territories in other locations scattered across the world. France is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel and the North Sea. It is bordered by nine countries which include England, Spain, Belgium, Andorra, Luxembourg, Monaco, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

While the focus of this article is France, we will concentrate mostly on metropolitan France. The most populated cities in France are Paris, Nice, Strasbourg, Lyon, Versailles, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Grenoble, and Aix-en-Provence.

Bordering the south of France are the French Alps in the east, separating it from Switzerland, and the Pyrenees which almost functions as a border between France and Spain. Northern and Western France have coastal plains and beaches that are very popular with visitors all over the world; however, the most popular beaches are those on the southern shore along the Mediterranean Sea.

Some major rivers of note are The Rhone, the Garonne, the Loire, and the Seine. Cruises down these rivers are another item you can add to your itinerary if you want to see France from that perspective. The beauty of the surrounding countryside is absolutely breathtaking.

France is a very old country and has drawn many people from many cultures to migrate here over the centuries. Celts, Roman Latins, Aquitanians, Franks, Burgundians, Vikings, and Visigoths have all came to this majestic land to create the culture we now call French culture.

As a country, France has continuously drawn different groups of people throughout the ages. Some of the visitors, and even settlers, include the Celts, Roman Romans, Aquitanians, Franks, Burgundians, Vikings, and Visigoths. Each of these cultures has impacted what we now call the French culture. Recently, the diversity of France has expanded, including the Jewish of Eastern Europe, Arabs, Berbers, Africans, Chinese, Belgians and more who have migrated to this country.

France is a great place to travel if you’re looking to brush up on your language skills and knowledge. Of course, French is the primary language, but a number of other languages are spoken here because of the vast diversity in culture throughout the population. The different dialects, or Patois, are spoken in different regions, such as Picard, Alsation, Occitan, Basque, Norman, Breton, Lorraine (a German dialect), Caribbean Creole, Gascon, Catalan, Franco-Provencal dialects, Corsican and Flemish. Languages foreign to France are also included, such as Arabian, Berber, Turkish, Vietnamese, Khmer and several African languages.

The regions of France you choose to travel through will determine the languages, dialects, and people you will encounter. The cultures and traditions through each region differ, but it’s because of these differences that makes going to France almost like a trip across the world.

Because of all the culture scattered throughout France, you can be sure that there are tons of sights and places to visit. Art in France is very diverse and valued, ranging from the prehistoric to the medieval and modern. There are also Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Classicism, and Rococo style art pieces as well. Many galleries also display modern art.

With 28 museums and 5000 art galleries, Paris is certainly France’s center of art. Along with the architecture, Paris is home to a ton of wonders, including the Gothic cathedrals and Eiffel Tower. Be sure to visit the Churches of Chatres, as there are tons of design ingenuities here.

What about the food? Well, we all know food is one of the reasons to visit France. There are many types of cuisine to be tasted while you travel through France. Both Provincial and Haute Cuisine are to be experienced to be believed. Traveling to France for that experience is so much better than just going to your local French restaurant, even though most of the chefs that graduate any culinary school were taught French Cuisine, which is considered to have influenced all western cooking.

French cuisine is part of the package when traveling to France, as you can only provincial and haute cuisine. After all, it is said that French cuisine influenced all of western cooking. Some of the foods you may eat are of course French breads, soufflés, Balnquette de vaeu, Steak au poivre, Boeuf a la mode,Pot-au-feu, Coq au Vin, Lamb Navarin, and of course cheese. With an assortment of delectable culinary treats, you’ll never go hungry.

Wine-tasting is a must in order to consider your trip to France complete. There are many wine-tasting tours and walks; in fact, you can even plan your trip around wine tasting. Just search the internet on wine tours through France and a wide array of options will be presented to you.

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