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Le Mans

Le Mans Le Mans is best known for its famous 24 hour motor race, held annually since 1923. Organised by the Automobile Club de L’Ouest, the race takes place on closed public roads and attracts many thousands of visitors every June.Situated in the North West of France, Le Mans is an ideal choice as a stop over between Normandy and the Loire.The city is overlooked by its cathedral of St Julien which has some of the oldest examples of stained glass windows in France. Original third and fourth...

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Brest

Brest Brest, on the western tip of Brittany, is one of France's historic ports. The city, which is still an important port and naval base, has its own international airport.Seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice by the wide choice of fish restaurants. Fresh fish is also featured in almost every restaurant in Brest.You may also be tempted by Brittany's most famous local delicacy, the Breton crêpe, at one of the many crêpe restaurants (crêperies) that Brest has to offer.Just a few...

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Avignon

Avignon If history is what fascinates you, then Avignon is the place for you. Known for its ramparts and it famous Pont Saint-Bénezet and the Palais des Papes, Avignon is a UNESCO world heritage site.Situated in south east France and bordered by the Rhone River, Avignon is often referred to as the ‘City of Popes’ due to the presence of popes and anti popes from 1309 to 1423 during the Catholic schism.Having fled the corruption of Rome in the 14th century, the popes built 'Le Palais des...

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Cahors

Cahors Cahors, a beautiful city packed with quaint streets and boasting an attractive cathedral, is the capital of the Quercy area and located inside a bend on the river Lot.The city is most famous for the Pont Valentrè, a fortified medieval bridge which spans the River Lot. Pont Valentrè, with its high towers and arches, is one of the most impressive examples of this type of bridge in France and said to be one of the country’s most photographed sights.Cahors provides you with the perfect...

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Lille

Lille Lille is a vibrant city with a real style of its own.Since the 17th century, Lille, in the Nord department in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region in Northern France, has been enlarged three times, giving the town its present modern-day look.Lille is classified as a city of ‘Art et Histoire’ and there is much to see and do here, including visiting the city’s many historical buildings and monuments.Well worth a visit are the Citadelle park and fortress, a fine example of 17th century...

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Grenoble

Grenoble Grenoble is a stunning, former Olympic city with spectacular views, fantastic cuisine and a great variety of winter sports to choose from.Located in south east France at the foot of the Alps, Grenoble enjoys 2,000 hours of sunshine each year and is consequently one of the sunniest places in France.The city is surrounded by mountains and the views are magnificent. To appreciate the best view, make sure to take the cable car up from Quai Stéphane Jay to the Bastille, a 16th century...

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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (Chamonix)

Chamonix Skiing enthusiasts adore Chamonix Mont Blanc with its cosmopolitan atmosphere and breathtaking scenery.Located in eastern France in departement of the Haute-Savoie in the Rhone Alpes, Chamonix Mont Blanc is a vibrant alpine town with a huge amount to offer, not least its beautiful architecture and wealth of heritage.Visitors can also enjoy the added attraction of viewing Mont Blanc. The mountain scenery in this area has to be witnessed to be believed, with Mont-Blanc as the spectacular...

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Carcassonne

Carcassonne Carcassonne combines all you are likely to need for the perfect place to stay - fascinating heritage, beautiful views and delicious food.Situated in the Languedoc region of southern France, this spectacular area has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its medieval stronghold an established and popular tourist attraction.Located between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Carcassonne stands in the gap between the Pyrenees and the Massif Central of France, 90km south east...

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Bourges

Bourges Once described by Julius Caesar as ‘one of the most beautiful cities in all of Gaule’, Bourges is a delightful medieval city and a perfect place to visit.Situated in central France on the Yèvre river, Bourges, the capital of the department of Cher, simply brims with culture and interest.The city hosts three grand annual pageants each year; Spring in Bourges, Summer in Bourges and the Illuminated Nights or ‘Nuits Lumière’, a spectacular sound and light show that lights up the...

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Le Havre

Le Havre Le Havre, France’s second most important port, is a vibrant city with many attractions.Located on the English Channel in Normandy and on the edge of the Seine River, Le Havre was severely bombed during World War Two, resulting in a rebuilding project from 1945 to 1964.In 2005, UNESCO added the city centre, rebuilt by August Perret, to its World Heritage list. Perret combined classical tradition with modern ideas to produce the city’s unique design, making it a fascinating place to...

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