France

Confident, eccentric and unique, from its mouthwatering gourmet cuisine, to its iconic sights, trailblazing fashion and musical language, France has it all.

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Rustic villages scattered across the countryside; the glorious beaches of San Tropez; the snow-carpeted slopes of Mont Blanc and the rest of the Alps; gorgeous rivers that criss-cross the land; the opulence of Monaco; the neat rows of vines in the wine producing regions such as Bordeaux or Champagne; quaint Strasbourg old town; the white Etretat Cliffs; and Paris, the city of lights and love, that oozes history, culture and heritage out of its every orifice: the iconic Eiffel Tower, the majestic Arc De Triomphe, extravagant Versailles, the Louvre and so many more. France has everything: amazing food, sensational drinks, incredible art, stunning architecture and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

France has a history of invasion, giving it a diverse cultural mix: the Romans, the Franks, the Gauls, the Saxons, the Norse and many more have all settled there. Visitors will find incredible geography and topography, sites of awe-inspiring natural beauty, a musical language that has no point of comparison, sophisticated cities dripping with heritage, sparkling lights, amazing food and wine, as well as a vast array of other things, all of which make France one of the greatest nations on earth.

Sensorial Experience

Sights 5
Sounds 4
Smells 4
Tastes 5
Feels 5
Sights 5

The twinkling lights of Paris, the Eiffel Tower shining like a beacon during the Parisian night; the iconic architecture of the capital; the pristine white snow-swept slopes of the Alps; quaint French villages, with bread filled bakeries; the luxury and opulence of Saint Tropez or Monaco, where expensive cars and yachts abound; chic styles and well-dressed people; sleek ball gowns and men wearing berets. France is a visual feast which words do not do justice.

Sounds 4

The deep musical rhythm of the French language, as your lover whispers "je t'aime", enchanting your ears; car wheels clunking over cobbled streets; the clink of wine glasses being banged together; noisy demonstrations; the hubbub of a café, as people get together; the whoosh of skis cutting through crisp snow; sails fluttering in the harbour winds; a song by Patricia Kaas or Edith Piaf coming from somewhere on a vinyl player; French pop and rap music ringing out from nightclubs.

Smells 4

Fresh bread baking in wood-burning ovens; dark bitter coffee and sweet-smelling pastries; the smell of garlic floating out of every kitchen; chickens roasting on a spit outside of butchers; tangy cheese coming from boulangeries; tobacco smoke wafting from every café; the fresh smell of the mountains; caramelised French onion soup; fruity red wine; acrid white wine and many, many more.

Tastes 5

French cuisine is famous for a reason: ‘soupe à l'oignon’, steaming rich onion soup, which comes with hunks of toasted French bread topped with melted cheese; ‘beef bourguignon’ tender chunks of beef dunked in rich red wine; flaky, crisp croissants for breakfast; rich, airy, soufflés, which float in your mouth; the famous ‘escargot’ (snails, dipped in liquified garlic butter), ‘ cuisses de grenouilles’, frogs legs, which have a slightly chicken-like taste; more incredible wine than you could ever need, ranging from fizzy champagne, to dark red burgundies, and much, much more. France is also home to some of the finest restaurants in the world, with a record-breaking 621 restaurants being awarded a Michelin Star in 2018. From delicate modern classics, to wholesome rustic dishes, France has it all.

Feels 5

The French use the term ‘je ne sais quoi’, (I don’t know what) to describe something, which you can’t quite put your finger on. This perfectly encapsulates France, maybe it’s the amazing food, maybe it’s the incredible scenery, perhaps it’s the fashionable people, or the magic of the language, but whatever it is, France has it in spades, making it one of the greatest countries in the world.

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