Why should you visit France – Eugenie T.

Paris

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Paris is the most famous city of France and one of the most touristic in the world. The capital attracts many tourists every year because of its many historical monuments which are the symbol of a rich past. The most visited are obviously the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and the Louvre where you can see the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. You can also go shopping on one of the most beautiful avenues in the world, the Champs-Elysees, and end your day in a traditional Parisian café. If you decide to spend a few days in the capital, it is essential that you taste the delicious croissants which you can find in the different bakeries. And don’t forget to buy some macaroons! 

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Saint-Malo

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This ancient corsair city known as “intra-muros” is rich in history. You can enjoy a cultural visit in the old town or relax on the beach.  

Saint-Malo offers visitors the opportunity to step back into years of history thanks to the fortifications built by Vauban, a famous French engineer of the late 17th century. His constructions are still visible today as they surround the old town. They were designed to protect the inhabitants from enemy attacks. You can also see the National Fort, which is surrounded by water when the water level rises. The most impressive thing is the spectacle that nature offers us when the sun shines, when there is a big tide or when the blue reflections of the sea are visible. (Editor: Saint-Malo is also the setting of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “All the lights we cannot see” by Anthony Doerr which I strongly recommend.)

And above all, less than an hour away, is the famous Mont Saint Michel. 

Don’t forget to try the many specialities of this region such as: crepes, oysters, mussels, gavottes or the unmissable kouign-aman.   

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Bordeaux

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Spotlight on Bordeaux, France: A Wine Lover's Guide for 2020

This city in the southwest of France, with its magnificent architecture, is a must for all wine fans. Indeed, Bordeaux is world famous for its delicious red wines but also for its delicious French specialities. You will be able to taste for example delicious canelés made with rum. Bordeaux is also very well located as it is only a few minutes away from the Atlantic Ocean and its beautiful beaches. 

Strasbourg

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This beautiful city in the North-East of France is a must-see. Indeed, you will be able to walk in the streets to observe the splendid traditional houses of this region made in half-timbering. You can also taste delicious dishes such as pretzels, sauerkraut or flammkuchen. If you like wine, you can taste the traditional Alsatian white wine. However, the best time to visit this beautiful city is during the Christmas period when you can enjoy the magnificent Strasbourg Christmas market, which is one of the biggest in Europe.  

Lille

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Lille, one of the largest cities in the north of France, allows you to discover the main specialities, activities and architecture of the north. Indeed, you can stroll through the beautiful streets or go to the Wazemmes market, known for its many colourful fruits and vegetables. And finally, you can enjoy a good beer on the Grand’Place. Lille is a perfect mix of French and Belgian traditions. You can taste delicious vergeoise waffles, the Merveilleux or eat the traditional northern Chips. Don’t be surprised if you hear French people speaking strangely, the people from the north have a dialect that is a bit different from the rest of France but still very funny to hear.

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Marseille

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Marseille is a beautiful coastal city in the south of France. You can walk between land and sea. Indeed, first of all you can visit the magnificent basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde where you can enjoy the magnificent view over Marseille and its coastline, being located on top of a hill. Afterwards, you can take the boat to visit the numerous creeks and relax on the many beaches on offer. Finally, you can go to a market and discover the specialities of the south of France such as the soap of Marseille, known in particular for its artisanal manufacture.

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