A guide to France and visiting France
This VISITORS' GUIDE to France is developed by a dedicated professional travel writer and photographer, with the aim of helping you to plan and enjoy your visits to this remarkable country.
Planning a visit to France
is made easier with our comprehensive
travel database and our analysis of the many aspects of France, brought to you
by the critical eye of an experienced Francophile. Through our knowledge we
want you to discover not only mainstream action, but places that are
off-the-beaten-track, and, maybe, a little unusual...and many places you will want to go back to.
Explore the regions, visit the cities, towns and villages enjoy the
most beautiful villages, and learn how to get there, how to get around, where
to stay, and where to eat. Check out the country's natural beauty, the
wonderful beaches, its magnificent coastline, as well as the high mountains of
the Alps and the Auvergne. Taste
your way through regional and local dishes, and quaff the wines and spirits for
which the country is rightly renowned.
Culture, festivals and frivolities
Follow in the footsteps of prehistoric man, of pilgrims and
martyrs; enjoy the music and art, the culture, festivals and frivolities, and,
above all, the remarkable luminescence of light that so enthralled artists,
past and present. And what better way to do it than in the company of an
award-winning journalist with an eye for the unusual and a taste for the best.
Population (Metropolitan France)
66 317 994 (1 January 2015)
551,695 km² (Metropolitan France)
Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy,
Monaco, Spain and Andorra.
Taxis, hot air balloon, internal
combustion engine, inflatable tyres, sewing machine, bikini, cafetière,
braille, camera phone, hairdryer, parachute
French world records
World's most expensive bottle of French wine
(1811 Château d'Yquem sold for £75,000 ($117,000))
In 2015, a painting of two Tahitian girls by the French
artist Gauguin was sold for nearly $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive
work of art ever sold.
Assassination attempts survived
Gaulle is said to have survived no fewer than 31 assassination attempts
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