1. Paris... All of ItParis is renowned as one of beautiful cities in the world, if not the most beautiful. From the famous landmarks of the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower to the artist's haven around Montmartre and the world famous Champs-Élysées, Paris is a city blessed with beauty, not to mention culture. A week in Paris is hardly enough to discover the charm of the city, with additional features including the artworks of the Musée d'Orsay and the Louvre, and the culinary delights that beckon on almost every corner.
While Paris is a beautiful city, remember, like any renowned travel destination, it attracts its fair share of people looking to take advantage of tourists, so ensure your valuable documents and currency are well secured. To help with this, you can find some great anti-theft luggage gear from online retailers such as Bags To Go.
2. Chateau de ChenenceauIn the beautiful Loire valley, spanning the river Cher, is the breathtaking Chateau de Chenenceau. Originally built in the early 1500s on the site of an old mill, the Chateau was later extended to span the width of the river. Featuring beautiful architecture that is a mix of Gothic and Renaissance, the building also has a rich history, including time spent as a hospital during World War 1, and Nazi occupation and bombing in World War II.
3. Cite de CarcassonneThis picturesque and predominantly medieval hilltop city has a history that goes back some 2,500 years, with the hilltop territory first fortified by the Romans in 100BC. It features two concentric external walls, narrow cobblestone streets, 53 towers, a draw-bridge, and the stunning Basilica of St Nazaire and St Celse. Interestingly, the city narrowly escaped being demolished in 1849 due to its disrepair, but widespread uproar ensured it survived to become a UNESCO world heritage listed site. Carcassonne is located in south-west France.
4. The French RivieraFeaturing a series of seaside townships including Cannes and Saint Tropez, the French Riviera also includes the cities of Nice and Marseille, the sovereign state of Monaco, and the ski resorts of the Alps-Maritimes. The French Riviera boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning it is feasible to swim in the morning and ski in the afternoon. Renowned as a destination of luxury, the French Riviera is home to million dollar yachts, casinos and further French culture.
When travelling to France, it's hard to narrow the destinations down to only a handful. Arguably, this is a country where the more time spent the better, whether you’re exploring museums, shopping, wining and dining, or skiing and swimming.