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For the fact that Loire Valley is a wine-growing region speaks also the area on which wine grapes are grown – around 750 square kilometers. The valley is the main supplier of white wine in France. But let’s leave this beverage for a while for we have to see other chateaus in the area.
We move bit further from the topic of our article at first. Before we tell you more about local chateaus in this popular tourist region we mention some other places worth visiting.
Loire Valley spans 280 kilometers in the middle stretch of the Loire Valley southwest from Paris. This area is world-renowned wine-growing region the history of which dates back to the 1st century B.C. Loire Valley is the second largest region behind Champagne in producing sparkling wines in France.
Last time, we concluded our article at Besancon cathedral. The city itself is home to over one hundred thousand people. However, add 23 thousand students of Université de Franche-Comté. Besancon has been its home since 1621. The university was founded earlier, however, in 1423.
Once again, we visit sunny and beautiful France. We leave scenic town of Annecy and move 200 to the north to Departament Doubs and its capital of Besancon.
The Alpine Venice - truly fitting nickname for this small town in Haute-Savoie. Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote after he visited the town: „Now I have been happy. Now I have lived.“
„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.
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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