Given European history, it’s not a surprise to learn that many parts of France were owned by several different warring factions throughout the centuries. As such, it’s possible to see traces of these various cultures in seemingly odd places – from Roman ruins in Provence to the native Celtic language, Breton, spoken in Brittany. But almost nowhere else in France is a “foreign” culture so apparent as in Flemish Lille, at the very north of the country.
Monaco is definitely worth visiting if you’re on vacation on the French Riviera. It’s a glamorous destination, the former home of Princess Grace, and a beautiful part of the Mediterranean coast. But with its high-rises and hairpin roads that traverse its steep hills, it can be a bit hard to get a sense of the city as a whole. That’s why everyone should see Monaco from the sea!
From the half-timbered homes of Normandy to the bleached stone of Provence, France does have regional notable architecture. But for the most part, there is a consistent aesthetic – particularly with public buildings – that’s singularly French. And then there’s the architecture of Toulouse.
Lille can be a mystery to visitors. It looks like Belgium, sounds like a mix of Dutch and French, and even the cuisine can be hard to pin down. In the spirit of discovery and hopefully to add to your France itinerary, here are five things you didn’t know about Lille France.
Burgundy is a popular day trip destination for people visiting northern France. With verdant hills and plenty of food and drink to enjoy, there’s much to discover in this popular region that borders Paris. But while Dijon and Chablis are at the top of visitors’ lists, Auxerre remains a place that is largely untouched by the tourist hordes.
More than 1,300 years ago, Vikings sailed their longships along Europe’s waterways on voyages of exploration and discovery. Today, travelers are again exploring Europe’s rivers, and one of the most scenic rivers to sail upon is the Rhône in southern France.