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Every cliché in the travel industry pertains to the rich diversity of France. The largest country in Western Europe, France stretches from the rugged coastline of Brittany to the ice-capped Alps, from the Alsatian banks of the Rhine to the jagged mountains of the Pyrenees bordering Spain. From the casinos of the Riviera to the lavender fields of Provence, from the Loire châteaux to the Breton beaches, this large, lush country lures both the urbane sophisticate and the adventure lover who - say, likes to fly in a balloon over Burgundy. France is one of the world's most visited tourist destinations - and with good reason. From the ...

Every cliché in the travel industry pertains to the rich diversity of France. The largest country in Western Europe, France stretches from the rugged coastline of Brittany to the ice-capped Alps, from the Alsatian banks of the Rhine to the jagged mountains of the Pyrenees bordering Spain. From the casinos of the Riviera to the lavender fields of Provence, from the Loire châteaux to the Breton beaches, this large, lush country lures both the urbane sophisticate and the adventure lover who - say, likes to fly in a balloon over Burgundy. France is one of the world's most visited tourist destinations - and with good reason. From the smoky bistros in the Marais of Paris to the couscous dives of Marseille, France is a great melting pot in all its far-flung départements. Sipping vin ordinaire in a sidewalk café in any city in France, you'll be inclined to agree with Charles de Gaulle: "What is there not to like about France? We are wonderful. Civilization begins in France."

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Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince have written many guidebooks for Frommer's, including Frommer's France and Frommer's Germany.

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  • Location: Located in Western Europe, Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall