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.
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August 25, 2014
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!
August 18, 2014
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.
August 11, 2014
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.
August 4, 2014
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.
July 21, 2014
The unique architecture and laid-back southwestern vibe of Toulouse are big draws for visitors, but the Pink City also has a vibrant arts scene that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here is the art lover’s guide to Toulouse.