Photogallery: France, Côte d'Azur - In Provence's Heart
France, Côte d'Azur - In Provence's Heart
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The French Riviera also called the Côte d'Azur is one of the most popular resorts along the Mediterranean Sea. Who wouldn’t like to visit places wehre Louis de Funès played eccentric gendarme of Saint-Tropez. There is much more on the Côte d'Azurtoho – famous Nice, popular Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël or Monaco, the home of the rich. Enjoy southern France , the region of famous wine.
Text: Lenka Bauerová
Photos: Matouš Vinš
Today you will take a look at the Italian city of Finale Ligure, which lies in the province of Savona in the Gulf of Genoa (Ligurian Sea) and belongs to the Italian Riviera. Although perhaps Finale Ligure is not well known among classical hikers, many mountain bike lovers come here, because there are nice trails and MTB trails.
We remain in France. It is a country combining amazing nature, landmarks, good food and wine.
Already the last time we visited the beautiful Avigonon and we take a look at it today as well.
Montpellier is a major city of Departement Hérault in southern FranceCentrem jihofrancouzského departmentu Hérault je Montpellier. This city of 250 thousand spreads across hilly landscape at the Mediterranean Sea.
When you walk in the historic center notice street art. Unlike other cities, it is without any political message which makes it rather pleasant and merry. Don't be surprised to see a panda drawing two revolwers, or half of a bicycle in a wall.
Last time we ceased our tour de Lille at Notre-Dame de la Treille. Let leave it for now and go down Rue de la Monnaie lined by amazing historic houses until we reach Rue Princesse. There we turn right to Maison natale Charles de Gaulle. Those of you who speak French a bit might have an idea what this place is. It is the house of birth of one of the most famous Frenchmen of all time – Charles de Gaulle.
We spend the end of the work week in another picturesque French town. Nîmes. There are amazing sights dating back to the antiquity. The most important one is an amphitheater built in the 1st century AD. Its proportions are impressive - 133 to 101 meters. About 21 thousand people could fit inside its auditorium. The theater was designed trully skillfully. There are 124 exits so large crowds could move in and out within minutes.
Have you read Lust for Life by Irving Stone? Do you know details of van Gogh's life? Arles is a city closely linked to the life of the famous painter. Van Gogh spent his last years here. You can follow his footsteps.
This Friday we are headed to another famous French resort. This time on the French Riviera. The region is rich on sunny days and sand beaches. However, this place is not just beaches, swimming or celebrities frequenting this place. Yet tourism is only a part of what supports its economy – local economy also thrives from flower production (mostly roses and carnations). There are many interesting sights in the city and around to explore. Today, we are going to take a closer look.
Today we take you to Lorraine region. Here we pay visit to the quiant city of Nancy, the capital of Meurthe-et-Moselle prefecture.
Even though we could write a lot about Loire Valley this one is, at least for now, the last part. Next time we visit another France's region.
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.“
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.
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!
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.
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.
Saint-Tropez is undoubtedly the most beautiful town along the French Riviera. So many visitors come there during the high season you don’t have a chance to properly enjoy it. Yet we offer you an alternative, two towns located near Saint-Tropez. Fréjus and Saint-Raphaël are two town between Cannes and Toulonem. They are not less enjoyable than the said Saint-Tropez. Moreover, they unravel much from the history as interesting sights form the Roman times are still there.
„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.
I intended to make a trip somewhere. So I surfed on the internet to find out about my options. After while I made the decision. Paris! This trip would be short but the program would be interesting.
Immediately after seeing the Luxembourg Gardens we headed to the world famous Sorbonna University. Cardinal Richelieu himself took care of its development. for he financed its reconstruction, and he transformed once college for poor students to an important hub of education.
Our Sunday schedule seems great. Upon the breakfast we leave the hotel, give a ride to some tourists to Paris for their individual schedule, and then head to Giverna. The town is known for the fact that Claude Monet once worked there. It is charming, especially on a sunny day.
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