© Atout France/Robert Palomba
The towns and villages of France are many in number, and without some guidance, or good fortune, the likelihood exists that many of them will be overlooked. Here is a selection of cities, towns and villages, beyond the departmental centres, that have raised a tremor of excitement with the author on making their discovery.
Many, of course, are evident and well-known, but more than a few will bring pleasant surprises, and make the effort of finding them well worthwhile.
Of course, there is no substitute for making your own discoveries: let serendipity be your guide...sometimes.