French Provences

While Paris is one of, if not, the most beautiful cities in the world, the French provinces are not to be missed. The provinces offer an unbelievable variety of landscapes and experiences from the urban Île-de-France to rural mountain regions like the Alps and the Midi Pyrenees. On these pages we describe some of our favorite regions and France and suggest places to visit in the country side. But first, some orientation.

France was historically split into 22 provinces or regions: Alsace, Aquitaine, Auvergne, Basse-Normandie, Bourgogne, Bretagne, Centre, Champagne-Ardenne, Corse, Franche-Comte, Haute-Normandie, Ile-de-France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin, Lorraine, Midi-Pyrenees, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Picardie, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes (this includes the Island of Corsica). The various provinces provided rich contrasts in language, culture, architecture, cuisine, ancient history and traditional dress, some of which persists today.

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