There you are on the Lufthansa flight to France, wondering how to manage all the different possibilities to spend your time in the “Grande Nation”. There is so much landscape, culture, history and beauty to discover, not to mention the world’s best wine and food. And of each there many different varieties to see and taste, depending which part of France you want to explore.
Chances are pretty high you will start your exploration in Paris. This is in itself quite the challenge. Even a short list of world famous must-see monuments is pretty long: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Versailles, Panthéon, the Louvre, Pont Neuf, Montmartre or Moulin Rouge are just a few of the better known places to go. For the fashion victims Paris is the proverbial candy shop with every big name in Haute Couture, for the gourmet it is the center of the world, studded with Michelin Stars. For the art lover it is central not only because of the Louvre, for the literature fan it is the City of Ernest Hemmingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Henry Miller, who tried to get the feel of Paris on paper. The diversity of Paris is mirrored in the different regions of France. It is roughly divided in a southern, mediterranean part and a northern half from the Atlantic coast to the borders of Germany and Switzerland. If you want to enjoy the beach life, the Cote D’Azur and French Riviera are one possibility, with beautiful towns like Nice, Cannes or Marseille. Or you can go to Biarritz and Bayonne on the Atlantic coast, on the border to Spain, where the sea is more lively than the Mediterranean waters. You can also visit Bordeaux and its famous wineries, with world famous vineyards like Médoc, St. Emilion or Margeaux.
If you feel more like visiting the famous landscape of the Loire Valley, start in Chartres with its world famous cathedral. On your way to Nantes you can marvel at a most beautiful valley with no less than 42 palaces and castles built along the river, each a unique architectural feat. Or visit the Provence, where painters like Van Gogh, Cézanne and Picasso tried to bring the beauty of the land to canvas. Beautiful cities like Avignon, Nimes, Orange or Arles compete with the landscape for your attention. If you come in mid-June, you not only avoid the French school holidays in July and August, you can also see and smell the famous lavender fields in full bloom.
These are just very few ideas how to experience France, and there is so much more: the Island Corsica, the Normandy, the beautiful Ardeche Valley, the Auvergne, it just never stops. So get your ticket at Lufthansa.com, bring a lot of time and an open mind for the beauty of France.