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Deep in France, there is the city of Toulouse, the fourth largest in the country. Many, however, only drive by as they are headed to the Pyrenees or Languedoc.
Today, we visit Grenoble, a city which is not under the spotlight like Paris or Lyon. However, Grenoble is surrounded by the mountains, main reason behind its alternative name - the Capital of the Alps.
Gascony is another of France's historic regions we visit on our journeys in France. It is situated in the southwest of the country bordering Spain. Wavy fields, empty roads, sun flowers, and peace are typical images of this region.
On this day, we take a look almost to Spain for we visit Biarritz, a seaside resort situated near the borders with Spain in the Bay of Biscai. This legendary and quiant resort used to be a small fishing village. In the 19th century, this area became sought after by French higher classes. Empress Eugenia, the wife of Napoleon III, ordered to build a grandiose palace here. Now it is a hotel with a Michelin-grade restaurant.
Cannes is a city located on the shiny French Riviera and you are sure to know it for the famous film festival, which takes place here every year in May, since 1946. The festival is currently Europe's largest film festival, which also serves as a great promotion of European film art. .
„When they want to get rid of them, rich Parisians send their children here to study at the university. So, it is expensive here but the life is vibrant,“ says Louis about his home-town, a guy I met during my stay there. Indeed, for a long time I haven’t been to a place that would have so much of student atmosphere yet it wasn’t flooded with “poor” hipster cafes. Add more than two thousand years of history, narrow streets with old houses made of sandstone and friendly inhabitants of Provence. This makes almost perfect image of one of the most famous towns in the south of France.
The famous movie Troops from Saint-Tropez still helps to bring hundreds of thousands visitors to the beautiful town on the Cote d’Azur. Louis de Funès and typical French humor fit perfectly to local environment and thus became one of the most well-known French movie ever. Saint Tropez deserves it. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Perhaps you wonder why we include the tiny state of Monaco to our series on France. Yet while travelling along the French Riviera you can hardly miss it. Casino, luxurious yachts and hotels, Formula 1, and tax paradise. These are common stereotypes about world’s second smallest country. And they are true. It is a country with second highest population density in the world. Monaco is a princedom with the highest GDP and highest percentage of millionaires in the population. However, the crowds flow to Monaco mostly during the famous Grand Prix. We think any season would be the best to visit the country.
France’s second most visited city is situated in country’s south, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, near the Italian border. Millions of tourists travel here to see the famous Côte d'Azur, enjoy beautiful weather, and great French wine. The place gained fame in the 18th century. Rich English families took shelter here from winter at home. The whole town has fantastic atmosphere. Join us in for a tour!
Old maritime and fishermen tradition, delicious vine, friendly French, beautiful weather, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea… All of this lure in millions to rest from worries while getting some of the southern energy. The French Riviera is not the cheapest area in Europe yet it is worth it. You wont be disappointed.
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