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France is not the kind of place you can fully explore in a weekend. In fact you could spend weeks exploring this beautiful country and only see a fraction of what it has to offer. France includes everything from wooded valleys and canyons to beaches and bays, ice-topped mountains and limestone hills.  Every region in this country has its own style, architecture, food and even dialect. Paris, the capital, is where most travelers head first or where they spend their whole vacation, and that has to be one of the most beautiful, romantic cities on the planet.

Where to Visit

Deciding where to visit in France depends mainly on what you hope to see and do. For example, wine buffs will be quite at home in Bordeaux or in the Champagne region, sampling the local produce of course, while the Loire Valley area boasts several stunning chateaux, or castles.  The Corsican beaches are picturesque and wonderful, while the Brittany and Normandy have historical significance. The Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, is a picturesque area with up to 300 days of sunshine a year. Its capital, Nice, is well worth a visit, and the whole area is rich in diversity, offering sea, mountains and gorgeous landscapes everywhere you look.

What to See and Do

Because of the size of the country, you can tailor your trip to your exact specification, which might mean cities, rivers, gastronomy, wine-tasting, chateaux, cathedrals, museums and galleries, or simply a combination of these. There is plenty of scope for activities too, such as sailing, skiing, hiking, biking, and canoeing, and if you are into movies, music, shopping and clubbing, the cities provide all of those as well. As for eating and drinking, France is one of the most famous countries in the world for its cuisine, so it is fair to say you will not be disappointed in the gastronomy!

When to Visit

Most French people take their vacation in France between the middle of July and the end of August, and pretty much everything except the tourism industry closes down during that period. The roads are hectic during the end of July and most of August, so you might prefer to choose the springtime or fall for your visit.

The climate of Paris is fractionally warmer than that of New York but head south of the Loire and you will notice it becoming warmer. The center and east regions of the country are further from the coasts, so expect hotter summers and colder winders.

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