Renowned for exceptional cheeses and fine wines, France is the most popular tourist destination in the world, receiving over 82 million visitors annually. It’s extremely hard to make a top of the most beautiful attractions of this great country, full of historical cities, famous beaches, spectacular mountain areas, castles, rural areas.
Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and is always assailed by tourists and their flashes. Best time to climb to the top of the tower is the morning when there is less congestion, and so you have expect at least a half hour before you enter. The entry fee is 13 euros and the picture that is taken at the entrance, if you want to buy it, you have to pay 15 euro.
The historical heart of Paris is Île de la Cité, where you will find famous Notre Dame and Palais de Justice.In the evening, on the banks of the Seine, Notre Dame area is full of all kinds of amateur artists who sing, dance or do tricks.
Arc de Triomphe in the Champs-Élysées end, one of the most famous streets in the world; so not miss a walk there. At the other end are the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Gardens and Grand Louvre. Do not miss the Basilique Sacre Coeur in Montmartre.
For shopping, go to the Rue de Rivoli, which starts at the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and ends near the Madeleine Church. Also, the building Samaritaine is today a shopping center.
Versailles, which was the official residence of the kings of France, is 17 kilometers from Paris. You should not miss this Versailles Castle (entrance is 10 euros), singing Gardens and Castle Marie Antoinette.
Admire the luxurious life of the Côte d’Azur – walk on the promenade des Anglais from Nice, famous for its Flower Carnival in January, or spend some time among the celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, held in May.
If you have the chance, take part in the grape harvest – there are 10 main wine regions, which include Alsace, Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhone Valley, each with its own identity based on grape varieties and soil.
French cuisine has evolved from the rich banquet of aristocrats from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution when there were used more spices and refined techniques, and the kitchen of twentieth century, when Georges Auguste Escoffier became the modern version of haute cuisine. Escoffier kept the regional character of the provinces of France. Ingredients and dishes vary from region to region, but cheese and wine, with many varieties, are a very important part of French cuisine.
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