Saturday, December 2, 2017

Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in France

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Perhaps, one of the world’s most beautiful countries you can explore is France. The elegance of scenery and fantastic structures you will see here including cathedrals, castles, and villages are centuries old. You will also be stunned by the views of the boulevards in Paris, Palace of Versailles, and the Eiffel Tower among others. So if you are planning to visit France next year, be sure to check out this list of the country’s top 10 tourist attractions. Make sure you plan your vacation in advance and book a luxurious villa in France for a chic and epic trip.

Eiffel Tower | Photo by : Tommie Hansen

1. Palace of Versailles. When you say France tour, what is the very first thing that comes to your mind? The Eiffel Tower? If not, I’m betting you are thinking of the Palace of Versailles. Yes, this is one of the most stunning scenery you will witness during your trip to France. The grandeur and luxurious appeal of this building is simply breathtaking. It’s like you’ve been taken to a world of fantasy where princes and princesses are found. Also, you will be amazed by the fabulous pieces of furniture, antiques, and artworks found inside.

Palace of Versailles | Photo by: Guillaume Speurt

2. Louvre Museum. In the French Kings’ old royal palace, the Louvre serves as a matchless museum that is included in the best European collections in terms of fine arts. You will find the most popular works during the Western Civilization such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as well as Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana. The collection is made possible through the wealth of kings that lived at Louvre. In fact, there are more than 30,000 masterpieces that you can find at the famous Louvre Museum.

Louvre Museum | Photo by: Jeremy Brooks

3. Mont Saint-Michel. Another unbeatable backdrop found in France is the ever-beautiful Mont Saint-Michel. It’s a medieval town located atop Normandy’s bouldery outcrop. It is currently one of the best tourist attractions in the country due to its remarkable Romanesque Abbey, a medieval church with historic battlements. However, if you are going to visit here, expect the challenging, steep climb experience that you will have to endure before you can reach Mont Saint-Michel.

Mont Saint-Michel | Photo by Miquel Fabre

4. Cote d’Azur. In France, Cote d’Azur is the most glamorous coastline you will ever see. In English translation, it means Coast of Blue because of the Mediterranean Sea’s attractive deep blue reflection. Locals call it the French Riviera which extends to Menton from Saint-Tropez near Italy’s borderline. Every summer season, the coastline resorts are fully booked with rich and famous people staying in their luxury villas and yachts. The Nice town offers picturesque views of the sea and the art museums.

Cote d’Azur | Photo by: Tim Chen

5. WW1 Battlefields. It may seem a somber memory of the World War 1, but these battlefields are one of the most visited tourists spots in France. The trenches you will see at the Somme and the solemn memorials and cemeteries are indeed captivating. The story being told by the WW1 Battlefields may be a sad memory by the place remains a beautiful reminder of the history that will never be forgotten.

Ulster Tower, Somme Battlefields | Photo by: Rob

6. Loire Valley Chateux. Seeing the Loire Valley will make you feel like you’re in an actual fairy tale. The enchanting views of the woodlands as well as the river valleys truly represent a magical side of France. The castles are mesmerizing with turreted towers and moats. The lush area is even popular as the Garden of France that is among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will also witness medieval fortresses on hilltops with surrounding ramparts. However, the world-famous Loire chateaux are opulent Renaissance castles which were built and structured for entertainment. For instance, the Chateau de Chambord that was constructed for King Francis, is the greatest and most magnificent chateau you will see in Loire Valley.

Château de Chambord | Photo by: Bert Kaufmann

7. Nimes Arena. The Nimes Arena may not be a regular entry in the top tourist destinations in France, but it deserves attention from local and foreign visitors. When you look at it, you will hint a well-preserved Roman structure. The amphitheater is even better than the Colosseum of Rome. In addition, this tourist site will give you a feel of what it’s like to be a spectator just like the Romans before. The interactive audio guide as well as the detailed exhibits are truly a great experience to have in France.

Nimes Arena | Photo by: Wolfgang Staudt

8. Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. For over 8 centuries, the splendor of the Notre-Dame Cathedral remains inspiring for France. This breathtaking UNESCO-listed Chartres resembles the medieval Gothic architecture’s glory. With 2,500square meters covering the entire Chartres, the stained-glass large windows allow light inside in colorful ethereal reflections. Each window dates from 13th century reveals incredible craftsmanship that depicts biblical stories. But the most noteworthy feature you will find inside is the rose windows which are made in incredible sizes and details. Other interesting highlights are the Blue Virgin and Passion windows.

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres | Photo by: Elliott Brown

9. Pont du Gard. Sometimes, it’s easier to forget the role played by France during the Roman Empire. For instance, one can neglect the Roman heritage of France which is a major tourist attraction in the country. It’s a shame to experience this, but France is rich in picturesque Roman sites that the world has ever witnessed. Pont du Gard is only one of the best highlights of a France tour. So if you are planning to visit the country this year, don’t miss out the striking beauty of this iconic bridge built in the ancient times. The aqueduct is truly a spectacular view to see in this area.

Pont du Gard | Photo by: Paul Gagnon

10. The Eiffel Tower. It’s no secret that the symbol of the city of light, Paris, is the world renowned Eiffel Tower. And across the globe, it’s an iconic landmark that almost all people know about. With 8,000 metallic parts designed as temporary exhibit by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, it became a reputable structure that France is very much proud of. Others’ bucket list includes the Eiffel Tower and they aim to see it in person before they die. So if you luckily visit France, one of your dreams may have come true upon witnessing the unique beauty of this tower.

The Eiffel Tower | Photo by: Andrew Watson

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