Thinking of taking a break soon and going on a holiday? France just might be the right destination for you. When we think of this country, we often put the focus on Paris. But although you probably will land there in the first place, there is so much more to see in this country that we don’t usually think about. All the regions of France are calling for Canadians to come and spend some time with them. Here is why you should say yes and fly over the Atlantic Ocean for a few weeks of entertainment and new discoveries.
The French Riviera to close out the summer in style
There is still time to head to France to be part of the lucky people that can say that they spent their summer holidays on the French Riviera. Maybe, your choice will be influenced by the beautiful weather and the possibility of spending days lazing on the beach in the middle of all the beautiful people. But once you get there, you may fall in love with the incredible seafood platters that you find in the restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the unforgettable sunsets or simply the people that live in cities such as Nice, Cannes or St. Tropez. No matter what ends-up making your vacations even better than you’d imagined they would be, chances are it is what will make you go back again in the future. Find flights from Montreal to Paris and a connecting one to head down south.
Provence to enjoy what nature has best to offer
If you ask someone who has already visited the Provence region what they remembered most, chances are that they will mention the colours. Between the yellow of the sunflowers, the lavender blue and the bright red of the poppies, all mixed with the various degrees of green, the Provence is a work of art in itself. Others may also mention the sounds of the crickets and of the frogs calling one another at night. If you choose this region, know that you will come back rested and at peace with the world. You can tour the small villages by bikes and visit the main cities on day tours. Aix-en-Provence is the city where Paul Cézanne was born, so you can visit the studio where he lived. As for Avignon, it was once the seat of the Papacy. It is no surprise that the most famous attraction in the city is the Palais des Papes, a magnificent Gothic palace that was once home (for a very short time) to the popes of Europe. Don’t miss the bridge, though. Just don’t expect to get anywhere on it… If you live in Ontario, you can also book flights from Toronto to Paris.
Normandy to remember the lessons of history
Normandy is a region known for its rich history. Located in the northwestern part of the country, it is filled with stunning landscapes and cultural attractions. No one has forgotten D-Day, when the Allied Forces landed on June 6, 1944, on the beaches of this region. Today, there is also a museum located on the site that helps to understand how the whole event went down. Before you leaven you can visit the cemetery to pay your respect to those who helped save the world from Nazism. But this is not the only historical site in Normandy. It also includes the famous Bayeux Tapestry, the Mont-Saint-Michel (which is one of the most visited sites in all of France and well-worth stopping by), and the city of Rouen, which was the capital of Normandy during the Middle Ages. When visiting the region, tourists must try the culinary delights that are known worldwide, such as the Camembert and Brie cheeses, a whole variety of cider and Calvados brandy. To play outside, try hiking, biking or horse riding through amazing locations, like the Jardin des Plantes de Caen and the Parc Naturel Régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin.
Bordeaux for the wine
We probably did not have to write the three last words of the subtitle as Bordeaux is one of the world’s most famous wine regions. It is home to some of France’s most prestigious vineyards, which you can take days visiting, one by one, for some of the most amazing wine tastings that you will ever have a chance to try. There is also a very charming city called Bordeaux. There, you will find yourself encircled by beautiful architecture and world-class restaurants, which you won’t want to leave, ever.