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Franche-Comte Franche-Comte, formerly the ‘Free County’ of Burgundy, lies on the border of Switzerland in the east and between the Vosges and Jura mountain ranges to the north and south. It consists of the four departments of Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saone and Territoire de Belfort.Birthplace of the chef Raymond Blanc, the culture of Franche-Comte is strongly influenced by its Swiss neighbours. It has a landscape of rolling fertile land and pine forests. Consequently, the local economy is based largely on...

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Centre, France - Home of the Chateau The rather blandly named region of Centre is not geographically- speaking strictly in the centre of France but is situated just a little to the north west of the middle of the country and to the south west of Paris. This proximity to the capital has helped to develop the prosperity of certainly the northern part of this delightful region.Its main geographical feature is the Loire, France’s longest river, which runs through the region from east to west on its way from the Massif Central to...

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Pont du Gard in Languedoc-Roussillon The Languedoc –Roussillon region extends from the Rhone Valley in the east to the borders with Andorra and Spain in the west, the latter location providing access to activities such as skiing and walking in the Pyrenees.It is interesting to note that the two parts of the region differ quite widely in their cultural pasts. Up until the early part of the 20th century, the main spoken language in Languedoc was the French dialect Occitan whereas even up to the present day Catalan is widely...

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The Champagne-Ardennes Countryside The region of Champagne- Ardennes is situated in the north-east of France alongside the border with Belgium in the east and with Paris to the west. The region needs no introduction as the home of probably the most famous and prestigious drink in the world – the sparkling white wine named after the area where the varieties of grapes it is made from are grown. . The region, consisting of the four departments of Ardennes, Aube, Marne and Haute Marne, is one of the most sparsely populated in...

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Limousin The Limousin, famous as the birthplace of the painter Renoir, is situated in south-west central France with much of its area lying within the Massif Central. The least populated region of mainland France, it is a largely upland region most of which is over 350 metres above sea level.The predominately rural landscape is completely unspoilt and dotted with pretty villages and hamlets, linked by almost deserted roads.Three major rivers run through the region: the Vienne, Charente and...

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The Coast of Nord-Pas-de-Calais Once part of the southern Netherlands, this region of north-east France is situated on the Belgium border to the east and has the English Channel along its northern coast. Being Flemish in origin, you will find many Dutch place names and maybe hear Flemish spoken to this day.With its strategic position on the border, Nord-Pas-De-Calais has frequently been fought over, not least in the two World Wars.Sometimes known as simply Nord, the region was once the two areas of Nord and Pas de...

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Bordeaux The third largest region in France and one of the most southerly, Aquitaine is bordered by The Pyrenees and Spain to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It comprises the 5 departments of Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and Pyrenees- Atlantique.Aquitaine enjoys a pleasantly mild climate with cool winters and warm summers and this, along with the diverse nature of its landscape and coastline and being within easy travelling distance of the UK, have made it a popular...

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Eiffel Tower at Centre of Paris, Ile-de-France Ile- de-France or ‘Isle’ as it is sometimes written is the most populated and wealthiest region of France. Economically it is Europe’s biggest regional economy. It is made up of eight departments centred on the capital city, Paris.The region consists mostly of the Paris metropolitan area which covers 4637 square miles. Through it runs the river Seine on the way from the Massif Central to the English Channel along with its tributaries the Oise and Aube. This group of rivers creates...

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Brittany (Bretagne)

Brittany - The Cote d'Emeraude One of the first experiences of France for UK holiday-makers is this unique region with its legendary camp-sites! Easily accessible from the UK via Brittany Ferry sailings to Roscoff and St Malo, Brittany offers a stunning coastline and a wealth of cultural and historic attractions for people of all ages.Geographically a peninsula, the Province of Brittany was officially united with the rest of France in 1532. It occupies the far north-western corner of the country and is surrounded by the...

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Something Stirring in the Heart of Brittany

Valley of the Saints - Brittany Spring is a lovely time in Central Brittany. Big blue open skies illuminate the wonderful patchwork of green fields, glorious deciduous woodlands, rolling hills and stunning coastlines and beaches. Along the lanes the primroses are coming out on the well-kept grassy verges, the camellias are out in abundance and the trees will soon be bursting into new, vigorous growth in glorious shades of green.Yet Central Brittany remains one of the forgotten lands as far as many British visitors are...

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