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France is the 3rd largest country in Europe and in recent history had the second largest colony in the world behind the United Kingdom. It rates as having the highest number of visitors in the world, and thus well worthy of inclusion in our featured destinations guide.
France is most famous for its high quality wines, cuisine, romance and of course the Riviera. France has a total population of 66 million inhabitants and welcomes over 83 million tourists per annum.
In the summer months a high volume of visitors head to the south coast to relax in St Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and Nice. In the winter months they find glamour in the ski resorts of Courchevel, Val d’Isere, Meribel and Chamonix. France occupies a high land mass bordered by the Atlantic, Mediterranean and the English Channel to the north.
It thus enjoys a wide cross section of climates, ranging from temperate in the north , Mediterranean in the South and Oceanic to the west of France. Tourism remains a large contributor to the French GDP with visitors being attracted to the many locations listed among the heritage sites of the world as compiled by UNESCO.
Many come to France to sample its wine region, or enjoy the 300 days of sunshine on the riviera. Marina’s along the south coast have become a favoured summer destination of 50% of the world’s superyachts attracted by summer events such as the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.
Other attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, Mont St Michel, Carcassonne and Disneyland coupled with a huge number of museums, galleries, theatres, cafes and restaurants ensure that there really is something for everyone in France.
Events not be missed in France include: Le Tour De France – Conceived in 1903 and still going strong today, Mardi Gras – The French equivalent of Shrove Tuesday, Monaco Grand Prix – Whilst not strictly in France, the Monaco Grand Prix is just a quick helicopter ride from Nice, Cannes Film Festival – One of the worlds leading film festivals attracting Hollywood’s finest, and Bastille Day – Celebrating the anniversary of the start of the French Revolution with the attack on Bastille Prison.
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Paris has a timeless familiarity for first-time and frequent visitors, with instantly recognisable architectural icons, along with exquisite cuisine, chic boutiques and priceless artistic treasures.
The wrought-iron spire of the Eiffel Tower piercing the clouds, the broad Arc de Triomphe guarding Paris’ most glamorous avenue, the Champs-Élysées, the gargoyled Notre Dame cathedral, lamplit bridges spanning the Seine and art nouveau cafes spilling on to wicker-chair-lined terraces are indelibly etched in the minds of anyone who’s visited the city – and the imaginations of anyone who hasn’t (yet).
Paris’ dining is iconic: France’s reputation for its cuisine (the French word for ‘kitchen’) precedes it, and whether you seek a cosy neighbourhood bistro or a triple-Michelin-starred temple to gastronomy, you’ll find every establishment prides itself on exquisite preparation and presentation of quality produce, invariably served with wine.
Parisians are synonymous with style, and fashion shopping is the city’s forte. Paris remains at the forefront of international trends, and browsing emerging and established designer boutiques and flagship haute couture houses is a quintessential part of any visit.
With an illustrious artistic pedigree – Renoir, Rodin, Picasso, Monet, Manet, Dalí and Van Gogh are but a few of the masters who lived and worked here over the years – Paris is one of the great art repositories of the world, harbouring treasures from antiquity onward.
All in all, no matter what makes a perfect destination for you, Paris will certainly not fail to deliver which is what makes it a perennial favourite destination for so many travellers every year.
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Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable andas lively as you like. Her reputation for glamour is enhanced by an equal reputation for top-end scandal. The city is, thus, uniquely unqualified to be a martyr.
It’s not her style at all. This is France’s WAG, a fine-looking courtesan at once cultured and racy. To see her attacked, as she was in the July 14 outrage in 2016, is to see a great beauty brought low. But the beauty is backedby resilience. She has come through, re-inventing herself as she has been doing since the 18th-century and the dawn of tourism. Her lustre has returned.
She’s once again ready, willing and able to welcome you now – as stylishly as anywhere else in Europe. So roll on in. Awaiting you is the clearest-possible light. It spangles the Mediterranean to create a setting for sybarites, and shadows for well-dressed decadence.
The inauguration, in autumn 2013, of the brand new Promenade du Paillon – 30 acres of park running from the city centre to the sea – indicates that Nice has the imagination and drive to fulfill its revival. This is a glorious, and playful, slice of urban greensward. And it’s bewitching at pretty much any time of year.