Aix En Provence is a classic Provençal town in the south of France. Its winding lanes meander past historic buildings and architectural gems. Its terraces, lined with world-class cafes, are bathed in seductive, amber sunlight -- perfect for sipping a coffee and watching the world pass
Once the home of the Dukes of Anjou, Angers is a popular tourist destination. It’s perched on the banks of the Maine River, a perfect gateway to the Loire Valley. Historic monuments are everywhere, including an imposing 13th century fortress, Chateau d’Angers, and an ornate gothic cathedral.
On the banks of Lake Annecy, huddled beneath the snow-cappped peaks, lies the town of Anncey, a gem of the French Alps. Canals weave through the historic town, giving it the nickname, “Venice of the Alps.” Cobbled streets wind past 16th and 17th century buildings, now painted with soft pastels.
Bayonne, the “Gateway to Basque Country,” is a small city with a cozy, laid-back feel. Lying on the banks of the Nive and Adour Rivers, Bayonne’s location is impeccable. With a close proximity to the mountains, and only 15 minutes from the beaches of Biarritz, Bayonne offers a wide array of terrain within arm's reach.
Wine lovers will find their promised land here in Beaune. Located in the Burgundy wine region, this town has some of the world’s best red wines, and is a hub for wine tasting. A subterranean network of wine cellars runs beneath the city -- indeed, wine is quite literally the foundation of Beaune.
Biarritz was once a summertime hub for the international elite, as the grand, antique villas can prove. High end resorts are still a mainstay of this seaside town, but they do not eclipse the more modest, relaxed surfer culture that thrives here.
Glitz and glamor abound in Cannes. Every year, at the Cannes Film Festival, superstars flaunt their flowing gowns and expensive tuxedos to the swarming paparazzi. This harbor town has become a social hub for the elite, with designer shops, glamorous casinos and high-end bars.
Carcassonne is divided into two parts: La Cité and Ville Basse.
La Cité is a hulking, medieval castle that doubles as city. Yes, these massive stone ramparts contain an entire town, a fact that never ceases to amaze. Not surprisingly, this is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination, welcoming over 3 million visitors a year.
Ville Basse is the modern city that has developed at the fortress’s base, home to a number of hotels and a handful of other sites.
Château De Melin
This winery-hotel is a dream come true.
In the heart of rolling vineyards, 12 km southwest of Beaune, the tall slate roof towers of the Château overlook the hamlet bearing the same name: Melin.
Built in 1551 by the Rozereau family, the Château de Melin was later bought by Brunet Monthelie, who in the late XVIIth Century expanded the Château, tripling the size of the magnificent structure.
This island’s beauty is overwhelming. Turquoise water laps at white-sand beaches; sun-baked towns perch atop dramatic, seaside cliffs; jagged, rocky peaks rise out of thick forests. This Mediterranean gem certainly earns its nickname ““L’Île de Beauté”(Island of Beauty).
Côte d’Azur (or the French Riviera) is a golden stretch of mediterranean coastline in the southeast corner of France. It doesn’t have an official starting point, but runs from approximately Saint Tropez to the French-Italian border. The Riviera is home to, among others, Cannes, Nice, Monaco, and countless charming towns.
Lille is France’s fourth largest city, and likely its most underrated. Once viewed as a dreary industrial center, Lille is turning its reputation around, one designer store at a time. As the World Design Capital, Lille has world-class shopping and fashionistas roaming the streets.
Lyon is one of France's oldest cities, actually being France's second city, and has the reputation of being the gourmet capital of the country. It is a bridge to another era. It has always been situated in a strategic location, lying at the point where the Saône and Rhone rivers meet.
Mont Sant Michel
Like something out of a fantasy novel, the Mont Saint-Michel rises majestically out of the sea.
The island has been highly fortified since ancient times, and the structural composition of the town reflects the core values of medieval society at the time.
Mougins exudes artistic prowess and culture. Picasso spent his final years in this hilltop town, and, with its medieval architecture, world-class gastronomy, and stunning views of the bay, it’s not hard to see why. Only a few miles inland from Cannes, Mougins has attracted some stars of its own, capturing the hearts of Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Taylor.
With the stunning Mediterranean Sea to one side, and the Provence-Alpes on the other, Nice is a destination for everyone. In the summertime you can find the pebble beach filled with locals and tourists enjoying cocktails and sunshine. During the colder months people take a quick 1-hour bus ride to the closest ski slopes.
Orleans is the capital of the Central-Val de Loire, another gem of the Loire valley. Joan of Arc, who saved the city while the English had it under siege, is this city’s icon, and her image can be seen throughout the metropolis. They even have a festival in her honor every spring.
Each of Paris’ neighborhoods has a different story to tell - from the urban nightlife of the Oberkampf arrondissement, or the flamboyant nature of the Opera arrondissement, to the aristocratic Palais-Bourbon, and even the bohemian spirit of the Luxembourg area.