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The country of France is literally filled with medieval cities, alpine villages, and glorious beaches. Vineyards and wines make it world famous, as do the many classical museums and monuments. Ancient caves with prehistoric drawings, theatres and palaces, art galleries and eclectic villages – there is something for everyone in this amazing country!
This is also known as The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. What used to be a tranquil village became a busy pilgrimage site when Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. Now the village has the second greatest number of hotels in France! Millions come here every year to see the ‘Cave of Apparitions’.
Whether you are a devout believer or not, it will be a moving experience for you. There are 17 pools in the grotto, which are alleged to contain healing waters.
Allow yourself a day to soak up the atmosphere and perhaps take a dip in one of the pools.
This is the highest mountain range, lying across Europe and stretching about 750 miles. It covers eight countries. There are over 100 peaks which are higher than 13,000 feet.
You will find wildlife such as Ibis at altitudes of about 11,000 feet, and plants such as the well-known Edelweiss in both low and high elevations.
The Alps are world renowned for skiing, although they are also known for cheesemaking, farming and woodwork in various regions.
Take your skies, and spend a few days in the amazing mountains!
This museum is housed in what used to be a railway station. You will find mostly French art dating between 1848 and 1914. Look out for artists such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, Van Gogh, Manet, and Sisley to name but a handful.
This is one of the largest art museums in Europe so be prepared to spend a full day there.
Also known as the ‘Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg’, this is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture.
Between 1647 and 1874 it was the tallest building in the world. Now it holds 6th place.
Sandstone from the Vosges was used to build it, and it is this that gives the cathedral the well-known pink shade.
This is now open as a museum, and is very popular. You will find it 12 miles southwest of Paris. The palace, also known simply as ‘Versailles’ is a symbol of ‘absolute monarchy of the Ancient Regime.’ Louis XIV moved his court there back in 1682.
While the main building is still intact, many things were destroyed through the years. The gardens and chateau are well worth visiting.
The palace has been a world heritage site for some years now.
Plan on spending a half day here; allow a little longer if you want to explore the gardens.