The picturesque French villages atop the picturesque hills promises to be ideal destinations for tourists when the COVID-19 crisis ends.
These picture-perfect French villages (literally) stand out above the rest.
Fly from Paris to explore this city and surrounding…
Amble along the historic streets of charming medieval villages, and enjoy the simple ambience of rural France…
A cathedral in south-western France was robbed of chalices and other religious items after a gang rammed open the door of the church early Monday morning. At approximately 2 am, a car outfitted with a battering ram was driven into the door of Cathedral Sainte-Marie d’Oloron, breaking it open. The cathedral is in the French…
Robbers rammed their car into a mediaeval cathedral in southwest France early Monday, sawing through metal bars to grab silver chalices and…
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Did you know that France is home to over 50,000 religious and spiritual sites—monasteries, abbeys, churches, cathedrals, and shrines—that form an invaluable part of French heritage? Around 10,000 of these are considered Protected Historical Monuments owing to their cultural significance in French and Christian history spanning over 15 centuries. Consider a stop at one of these UNESCO World Heritage-listed destinations of exceptional beauty and culture when planning your next French itinerary…
More photos from the Camino. The lovely village of Estaing, very ancient with an interesting church. The only problem was a very busy main street with cars and trucks roaring through. This s…
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Auvergne is untamed and rugged – a region of forests, mountains, remote farmland and dormant volcanoes, but it also has urban sophistication and culture. Dominic Bliss provides a fascinating perspective on this unique place
Sooner or later, in Auvergne, you’re going to stumble across a volcano. Don’t worry, though. They’re all dormant – well, for the moment, anyway.
There are scores of them in this region, sprouting up above the skyline, huge, green, gorgeous pustules. They lie in what’s known as the Parc Naturel Régional des Volcans, a 1,500-square-mile natural park that forms the backbone of Auvergne. Some rise so high above the Massif Central, they could compete with mountains. Others have that classic conical shape with craters gouged out of the top – like something out of the movies, while many are little more than hillocks. Hike across the region and you’ll regularly find solidified lava or black volcanic soil beneath your boots. Fortunately none of the volcanoes has erupted in the past 5,000 years.
TAKE IT TO THE TOP
There are three ranges altogether.
Read more from source: Great Travel Destinations: Auvergne, France’s Wild Child
France is one of those amazing countries that’s so diverse and vast that you could literally spend months exploring and still not even touch the surface of stunning places to visit in France. And that’s not even starting with all the vino, brie (Yum 😋) and the stunning chateaux that are dotted across the country.
Now, although I love Paris and all the unique things to see in the city, it’s actually not my favourite thing about France. I know, I know… it probably sounds blasphemous to say, but I genuinely believe that there’s a whole mix of amazing little villages and regional cities that are so much fun and incredible to see. Maybe, Paris has always been a little more stressful than I anticipated – who knows?
With that being said, I wanted to share 20 of the stunning places to visit in France. You’re going to have the best trip and love exploring the county. It’s so much fun.
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Cahors is one of south-west France’s most unspoilt ancient towns. Formerly the capital of the old province of Quercy, the town perches dramatically on a rocky peninsula on a series of horse-shoe bends along the languid river Lot which is the longest river in south-west France. It is overlooked to the south-east by Mont Saint-Cyr which can be accessed on foot or by car and affords spectacular views over Cahors and the Lot River.
Cahors is famous, among other things, for its “black” wine: appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) Cahors wine which is made with at least 70% of Malbec grapes and supplemented with Merlot and Tannat grapes. This typically darkly-coloured wine is known locally as “Cot”, “Cot Noir” and “Auxerrois” and is, interestingly, the only red-wine appellation in the south west of France to use neither Cabernet Sauvignon nor Cabernet-France grapes.
Read more from source: Travel in France: Discover Cahors in the Southwest
Ready to embark on the next chapter in his life, Daniel Kearney sets off on the Chemin du Puy pilgrim’s route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in search of a new direction.
For twenty years I had a role, an identity, a label, a job. But after taking early retirement from teaching, I found myself looking for a reinvention of sorts. I needed to re-adjust to a different rhythm of life. One day, reading an article by Bruce Chatwin one line in particular caught my eye: “The best thing is to walk.” Movement is the best cure, he argued – for everything. Not taking flight, but moving purposefully, virtuously, in another direction, opening oneself up to new experiences. So I decided to walk. John suggested the Via Podiensis, the pilgrimage route that starts at Le Puy-en-Velay and heads west towards Santiago de Compostela.
This area is well known for its stunning beauty, exceptional wines, curious prehistoric caves, charming restaurants, weekly markets, and its unique affinity for anything duck.
Some places in our world are so amazing that words fail you. Rocamadour, France was like that for me.
We had loved Sarlat, which is in the Dordogne region of France. This area is well known for its stunning beauty, exceptional wines, curious prehistoric caves, charming restaurants, weekly markets, and its unique affinity for anything duck. Our delightful innkeeper had kept us busy exploring the countryside with his excellent suggestions, so, at check out, when he insisted we include Rocamadour in our ramblings, we trusted his advice.
Rocamadour was only 30 miles from Sarlat, so why not?
Voted “the most favourite village in France 2016” it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built dramatically into an overhanging cliff high above the gorge of the Alzou in the Lot Department. It owes its fame and fortune to the late 11th Century cult of the Black Madonna, whose shrine was promoted by the Benedictines at Tulle and who built an hospital next to Rocamadour for the passing pilgrims.
In 1166 a man’s body was found near to the alter. This the Benedictines announced was St Zaccheous, who was the publican who climbed the tree to see Jesus. After the crucifixion he fled with his wife and settled in Limoges. When his wife died he went to live as an hermit and built the first sanctuary in the cliff face.
Travelling in Europe, we discovered a treasure trove of majestic cathedrals. The Basilica of St Sernin in the city of Toulouse France was no exception. It is the largest Romanesque church in Europe, filled with antiquities, relics, and museum quality frescoes. Also famous for its Romanesque sculpture, the Basilica of St Sernin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the list of Routes to Santiago de Compostela.
Historically, the early 5th-century church built on this location encapsulated the remains of Saint Sernin. As the first Bishop of Toulouse, he was martyred violently for refusing to pray to pagan gods. His relics attracted many pilgrims, and the church was rebuilt and updated. The 11th-century Basilica of Saint Sernin we see today is a masterpiece.
Boasting one of France’s most striking buildings and a monument to the benefits of eating grapes, Moissac in the Tarn-et-Garonne is a must-see for those with an interest in French history…
One of the more unusual places in which to grab a spot of lunch in Moissac is amid the splendid Art Deco surroundings of the town’s former Uvarium – a place where people would come and snack on Chasselas grapes in the belief that the local fruit possessed healing powers. Back in 1925 the town became a hub for those ‘taking the grape’, so when you’re dining at the Le Kiosque de l’Uvarium, take a look up at the superb paintings all around the restaurant for a reminder of times gone by.
The Dordogne Valley is arguably one of the most beautiful places to visit in France and one that’s very easily overlooked in favour of more popular parts of France. Thing is, even for us who live in the UK and are only about an hour or so away from it, the Dordogne valley was one we’d overlooked for ages until last summer where we finally got to spend 5 days exploring this amazing part of France.
Why is it so special? Well, it’s France like you’ve probably pictured it in the movies and from magazines. Crumbling, higgedly-piggedly villages, endless vineyards with promise of amazing wines, chateau that leave you in awe and more Michelin star restaurants than you can shake a stick at.