What springs to mind when you think of France? Undoubtedly fine food, wine, cheese, fashion, culture and surely a touch of chic Parisian je ne sais quoi?
France has always been a centre of culture and the arts, and the country has a wealth of monuments, museums and architectural wonders just waiting to be explored, from Monet's house at Giverny with its famous lily pond, to the vast collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris which would supposedly take two weeks to visit in its entirety.
France is dotted with magnificent chateaux, many of which are in wine-producing regions such as the Loire Valley, Champagne, Bordeaux and Bourgogne.
In addition to the museums and galleries, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the outstanding performing arts events taking place, including opera, ballet, theatre and modern dance.
From stunning sandy beaches to snowy Alpine resorts, from glitzy San Tropez to pictuesque Mont Saint-Michel, there is something for everyone in the land of joie de vivre.
A stay in Paris, the "city of love", is an unforgettable experience: explore the winding streets of Montmartre and the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, tackle the shops on the Champs Elysées and get into the French lifestyle as you sit at a pavement cafe watching the world go by.
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