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Links Of Interest

BBC Language Tools
Great Website from the BBC. Learn the lingo before you go.

h2g2 website run by the BBC
h2g2 website run by the BBC. A Guide to everything, based on the idea behind Douglas Adam's Hitch Hikers Guide. These are the France interest pages. Weird but fun and informative.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia's amazing resource, everything you need for factual information on France

French Cheese
Website dedicated to French Cheese

Lets cook french
Foodies website dedicated to French food, drink and cooking

France 24
French News website in English

French culture now
Website dedicated to all things French Culture related

Formule Golf
Buy a golf pass for 16 Golf Courses in Western France

Puy du Fou
Website for the famous Puy du Fou in Vendee

French Weather and Forecast
BBC again, marvellous

France is the most visited country in the world.  It has everything from famous monuments, beautiful cities, ever changing rolling countryside, stunning mountain scenery, gourmet cuisine and world renowned wines, to a fantastic coastline, varied cultural traditions and endless opportunities for golf, skiing, hiking, and many other sporting activities.

In the North of France is Caen, which is a good base to explore the Normandy landing beaches of WWII and the Bayeux Tapestry.  There is also the beautiful harbour at Honfleur, and the pretty town of Le Touquet with its famous golf course and sweeping beaches.   Brittany’s coast and countryside is rugged and unspoilt and there are many interesting Neolithic sites and ancient Celtic traditions together with pretty villages and apple orchards for production of the regions famous Breton Cider.  The ancient walled town of St Malo and Mont St Michel are historic places that have a wealth of interesting history to offer.

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with many famous monuments to visit such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, and museums such as the Louvre and the Musee Picasso.  There is also a feast of gourmet restaurants, and endless entertainment and shopping opportunities.

For lovers of mountains there is the Pyrenees in the South, the French Alps in the east, and the Massif Central.   They are great for skiing in winter with several French cities having hosted the Winter Olympic Games, and hiking is very popular during the summer.

The eastern area of France consists of the Alsace, Lorraine, Franche Comte and Burgundy regions, which are famous for their production of world class wines.  There are many beautiful cities in this region nestled among the vineyards and rolling hills.

In central France lies the Loire Valley, with its many great Castles and beautiful towns.  There is the famous Cathedral at Chartres, and the beautiful city of Tours, and many historic chateaux and gardens such as Villandry.

Southern France is famous for the beaches of the Riviera and the pretty villages of Provence, which are a great draw for visitors.  The wild horses of the Carmargue, the medieval city of Carcassonne and the cultural and language differences in the Languedoc are all worthy of attention, and the beautiful villages of Provence with its famous lavender and rustic cuisine are a must visit.  The Dordogne valley offers excellent museums and prehistoric cave paintings and the banks of the river offer opportunities for hiking and fishing.