As popular a destination as France is, its eastern cities don’t get a lot of tourist love. Sure, Strasbourg, in the north, is thriving at Christmastime; Nice, in the extreme southeast, is the quintessential Riviera hot spot. But for many visitors, the vast space between those two cities would be a big question mark on a map. But for those intrepid travelers who venture into this area of France, there are treasures to be discovered — and none more satisfying than the city of Lyon.
Situated in Northern France, Lille is a lesser-known hub for train travel, particularly to nearby countries, as well as destinations within France. Not to mentioned, it’s worth visiting Lille for it’s wealth of museums, culture, and beautiful architecture, plus it’s proximity to the WWI battle fields. While Paris is an obvious transportation hub, traveling from Lille will allow you to avoid the insanity that can be travel to, from and within Paris.
While Paris may be the obvious top-choice for visitors in France, Toulouse, in the southwestern Midi-Pyrenees region, offers tons to see and do – and it’s a great base from which to further explore this beautiful part of France. Here are the things you should absolutely not miss when visiting the Pink City, Toulouse.