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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!
Here you will be able to see amazing rock formations all around you. It is a great area for youngsters and climbers alike, with ascents from gentle to challenging.
Make sure that your walk finishes at the Palace of Fontainebleau, where you will find that the Mona Lisa once hung in a bathroom!
There is a delightful village nearby called Barbizon, where artists painted in the more natural style of Constable.
Allow yourself a full day to explore this area. There are small cafes in the village where you can eat and drink.
This is a spa town renowned for the health-giving properties of the waters. The town has been there since the middle ages, but only recently has it become a tourist attraction.
The architecture is in the classic Belle Époque style, and locals say that Sir Lancelot de Lac used to live there.
There are tours every day to nearby sites where the legend of Arthur abounds.
Plan to spend a full day – or perhaps two- here as there is plenty to see.
These are very popular and always busy, unless you go on an organised tour. In that case, you will enter before individuals, so this is worth doing. Also, with a tour you will be able to ask all the questions you like.
There are fascinating underground passages lined with thousands of former Parisians. The catacombs were first excavated in the 18th century when cemeteries were overcrowded. Bones and bodies were brought there to store until a later date. Do not be surprised if you see stacks of human remains at every turn in the passages!
While adults may find this fascinating, it may not be a good idea for young children!
A point to remember is that no animals are allowed and the tour is not suitable for people with respiratory problems.
Allow yourself a half day to do this tour.
This is better known as the Opera national de Paris. You will find that the hall regularly hosts opera, ballet, and chamber music events.
It is possible to purchase your tickets online for these events.
These are the highest dunes in Europe. You will be stunned at the panoramic views of the ocean on one side, with forests and Arcachon Bay on the other.
The dunes are 109 meters high and stretch 2.7km along. The whole area is a natural living space which is protected land.
If you intend to climb up to the top, and then make sure you have good shoes as the dunes get hot in the summer.
Plan to spend a half a day there.