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5 Places to Visit When You're in France

5 Places to Visit When You're in France

As the largest country in Western Europe and in the European Union, France offers plenty of places to see, people to meet, and lessons to be experienced. Home to notable icons in various fields, including art, architecture, philosophy, religion, music, science, fashion, and sports, you can be sure that this country has something for everyone. If you ever find yourself on its side of the world, below are some locations that you must certainly visit:

1. Paris

Paris is the capital and most populous city in the country. It’s the center of art, learning, and fashion in France and it is one of the globe’s prominent business and cultural hubs. As of 2011, Paris has one of the world’s largest gross domestic products, amounting to 607 billion Euros or 845 billion US dollars. Some of the most iconic sights in Paris include the Louvre, which is home to renowned artworks such as the Mona Lisa and Virgin of the Rocks. The Arc de Triomphe, a monument that honors the individuals who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars is also located here. The Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited monuments in the globe, can also be found in this wondrous city.

2. Lourdes

If you’re a particularly religious Roman Catholic, then you must embark on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, a town believed to have witnessed Mary’s apparition to Bernadette Soubirous. It is also believed to have brought about several miraculous healings. Lourdes is a small town of about 15,000 inhabitants, but it draws millions of tourists and devotees each year.

3. Bordeaux

Love your wine? Then don’t forget to swing by Bordeaux, which is the world’s wine industry capital. Most people visit this city to attend Vinexpo, the biggest wine fair in the world, but Bordeaux also draws many visitors because of its buildings, contemporary architecture, museums, as well as its parks and gardens.

4. Dijon

If you’re into architecture, then Dijon is a must-visit. With buildings, churches, halls, and art in classic architectural styles such as Gothic and Renaissance, this city boast of gorgeous and timeless structures. Beyond architecture, Dijon also holds an annual International and Gastronomic Fair that draws more than 500 exhibitors and 200,000 visitors each year. Florissimo, a well-known flower show, also takes place in this city. And let’s not forget that the world famous Dijon mustard first originated here as well.

5. Aix-en-Provence

Located in the south of France, Aix-en-Provence is home to a number of interesting sights, including the Cours Mirabeau, a wide thoroughfare that’s close to several cafes, restaurants, and other establishments. Visit it at night--it’s absolutely beautiful. The Cathedral of the Holy Saviour sits in the northern part of Aix-en-Provence. An iconic church that showcases eclectic architectural styles such as Gothic and some from the 17th century, this site should certainly be on your list. There’s also Quartier Mazarin, the residential district located at the heart of Aix-en-Provence, that’s home to grand townhouses. 

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