The North of France consists of the flatlands around the town of Lille and the English Channel. This area will remind visitors in many ways of Belgium and the Netherlands. The Grand' Place in Lille for example is a lot like the one in Brussels.
The West of France is facing towards the Atlantic Coast. In the north Normandy & Brittany have rolling hills, sandy beaches and quiet little harbour towns. Normandy & Brittany have a more rugged coast and many neolithic sites. It has quite a distinct atmosphere from the rest of the country; you can still sense the Celtic origin of the region in its inhabitants.
The eastern part of France consists of the Alsace, Lorraine, Franche Comté and Burgundy regions. The landscape has rolling hills and many beautiful cities, such as Metz, Strasbourg, Nancy and Dijon. This region produces many famous wines, including magnificent pinot noirs and chardonnays valued the world over, as well as the famous "Yellow wine" from the Jura mountain vineyard.
The Centre of France is in many ways the most quietest part of France. But the great treasure of this region is the Loire valley , with many great castles and beautiful towns. Chartres with its famous cathedral and Tours rates among the most beautiful French cities.
Tourist Attractions in Paris
The Tower Eiffel is commonly known as The Iron lady and is a must for every visitor to Paris; one couldn't possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower due to its tall structure (one can see its top from all over Paris) and popularity. It’s the most impressive construction, the France symbol in the world that represents the magic of light and inspires dreams every evening. The Eiffel tower was build and designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the science and engineering achievements of its age; it was involved in some controversial reactions from some writers, painters, sculptors and other artists, who considered the Eiffel tower as a monstrous building, however it’s now widely accepted by locals and recognized by whole world.
The Louvre, the biggest museum worldwide is located on the bank of the Seine River. There are not the words to describe the Louvre and its significance cannot be understated, an amazing museum hosted by an impressive building; from its beginnings as a royal fortress to the public institution we see today. Today the museum features more than 6000 European paintings dating from the 13th century to the19th century. Its largest collection is of prints and drawings with an inventory of 130000. Other collections include Islamic art, Oriental Antiquities, Egyptian Antiquities, and Greek Antiquities with pieces that date back as far as the seventh millenium B.C. Reflects centuries of change in the political and social environment and is a symbol of art, considered as a mecca for artists and art lovers alike.
Disneyland Paris, often called Euro Disney is the fourth location for a Disney theme park and has now emerged as Paris most visited attraction; surely a travel to France is not only about the museum and gallery routine and if you’re traveling with kids or a Disney-aholic you must consider this great alternative and what makes it more appealing is that is easy to go from Paris by car or public transportation like metro or a bus tour, also if you want to stay you can book a hotel near or in the Disneyland Hotel; Euro Disney includes not one but two theme parks, in fact, and seven hotels.
Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris, in English) is one of the most important Cathedrals in France and one of the most popular Cathedrals in the world. It reflects the born of Gothic Architecture style by being one of the first Cathedrals built under this style. Its conception comes from a social need, a need of a new symbol for a new social and political power and by1160 the church of Saint Stephen (where Notre Dame Cathedral is now located) was looked upon as obsolete since it could not really display the prestige of a fast growing urban society.
France's total land area, with its overseas departments and territories (excluding Adélie Land), is 674,843 km2 (260,558 sq mi), 0.45% of the total land area on Earth. However, France possesses the second-largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11,035,000 km2 (4,260,637 sq mi), approximately 8% of the total surface of all the EEZs of the world, just behind the United States (11,351,000 km2/4,382,646 sq mi) and ahead of Australia (8,232,000 km2/3,178,393 sq mi). The north and northwest have a temperate climate, while a combination of maritime influences, latitude and altitude produce a varied climate in the rest of Metropolitan France.