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Famous for its wines and cheeses, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. Visitors are attracted by historic cities, a beautiful countryside, the castles of the Loire Valley, and Brittany and Normandy. In addition, France offers an agreeable climate, some excellent beaches on the French Riviera, the Atlantic coast and the island of Corsica, wide possibilities for winter sports, most notably in the Alps and the Pyrenees, and a rich culture with food and wines that are among the most celebrated in the world. Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions in France.
Heading to France to see the chateaux in the Loire Valley and wanting to be prepared for your visit? This video talks about transportation around the Loire Valley, how to decide which chateaux to visit and other general travel tips for getting the most out of your French visit to The Loire Valley. Filmed at the Chateau Chenanceu in the Loire Valley, France Copyright Mark Wolters 2018 The Best & The Worst of Visiting the Loire Valley https://youtu.be/L3SRsPqL3-U A France Itinerary for a First Time Visitor to France https://youtu.be/702EFli9OW8 10 Things That SHOCK Tourists about France https://youtu.be/qoX798oUsf8 What to Know Before You Visit France https://youtu.be/U1lGKQ_Bnd4 Grab Wolters World Merchandise & Travel Gear at http://www.woltersworld.com/shop Our Gear: Sony Alpha 6000: Our favorite camera for vlogging. One of the best selling cameras of all time and its not too expensive. https://amzn.to/2N0BStX Osprey Meridian Carry-on Size Travel Backpack: This is THE backpack that all of the Wolters World family use. It fits in the overhead compartment, gives you a great day pack and has an awesome warranty. We always travel with one. https://amzn.to/2NEyhTC Duafire Travel Adapter: helps you plug into most countries plugs around the world. https://amzn.to/2ujfUdR Travel Strip: One plug for your normal device, four USB plugs as well, it saves a lot of trouble and outlets when you travel. https://amzn.to/2NEuu8S Backup Battery Pack: Essential for travelers wanting to have a backup batter charge for their phones, cameras, and devices. https://amzn.to/2NFpT67 Hey There Fellow Travelers! Thank you for watching our honest travel vlogs from all over this wonderful world. If you would like to get in contact with us please follow us & send us a message via our social media channels below. Also, if you like our travel videos please feel free to share them with other fellow travelers. Follow Us At http://www.facebook.com/woltersworld http://www.twitter.com/woltersworld http://www.instagram.com/woltersworld http://www.youtube.com/woltersworld http://www.woltersworld.com
The world's most famous collection of palaces is in the Loire Valley outside of Paris in France. You’ll find the city of Tours is a very good home base for staying a few days, and from here you can easily explore the Loire Valley, and visit the many illustrious Château that are in the region. Most of the major attractions are within 30 to 40 minutes away from Tours – it's very convenient either by train or by private Tours company. A big attraction of Tours are the large number of hotels available in a wide range of prices, and lots of restaurants – and the train station is right in the center of town, so it's real convenient for getting around. Tours is easy to reach from Paris by train. You can take the high-speed TGV from Montparnasse Station and it just takes an hour and 12 minutes with no change of train necessary, so that's very convenient. And the train station is right in the middle of town when you arrive in Tour, so everything is just in front of you.In the tangle of narrow streets branching off from the Place Plumereau, one finds many examples of fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth century houses, including a few with wooden fronts ornamented with roughly carved statuettes. http://tourvideos.com/
Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | In Paris, amidst all of its grandeur, the little joys of life are still embraced. In this first of two episodes on Paris, we'll cruise the Seine River, visit Napoleon's tomb, and take in the Louvre. Then we'll feel the pulse of Paris — shopping in village-like neighborhoods, attending church in a grand pipe organ loft, and celebrating the mother of all revolutions with a big, patriotic Bastille Day bang. © 2012 Rick Steves' Europe
France has some of the most beautiful and incredible castles and chateaux in the WORLD; Here are 12 Most Amazing Chateaux in France ! Subscribe to American Eye http://goo.gl/GBphkv 12. Azay-le-Rideau 11. Chenonceau 10. Château d'Ussé 9. Château de Blois 8. De Sully Sur Loire 7. Le Château de Langeais 6. Chateau Villandry 5. Château des Ducs de Bretagne Despite the name, this chateau is not situated in the province of Bretagne or (Brittany in English) but in the heart of the city of Nantes, in western France, in the Loire-Atlantique department. However it was apart of Bretagne up until 1941. It served as the residence for the Dukes of Brittany and is entirely surrounded by a moat. In 1466 it was reconstructed with. This chateaux serves as a museum to visitors of Nantes currently whichs hosts a variety of different exhibits. Originally built as a military fortress, that role disappeared in the late 16th century. The most notable historical event that took places here was the signing of the Edict of Nantes, which gave protestants newly found rights at a time when France was primarily Catholic. 4. Château de Chantilly Finally we venture off from the the renaissance style Loire River valley chateaux and in to the town of Chantilly, located Northeast of Paris. This chateau is comprised of two main part s, the Petit Chateau built in the 16th century and the Grand Chateau which was destroyed d uring the French Revolution but later repaired in the 1870’s. What you mostly need to know abo ut this chateau is that it’s the current location of the Musée Condé which houses the 2nd largest collection of paintings in France only after the Louvre. This includes works by Raphael, Fra Angelico, Nicholas Poussin. 3. Fountainebleau Located Southwest of Paris, the Fontainebleau is certainly one of largest chateaux and palaces in France. Its origins date back to the 1100’s and used by French Royalty from Louis VII to Napoleon III. Completely surrounded by forests and artificial lakes, it was a favorite hunting lodge of Royalty. The medieval castle that stood at this location was given a serious upgrade by the architect, Gilles Le Breton once again by Francois I. King Henry the IV made additional upgrades to the palace, devoting much time to the parks and gardens around the chateau. This lavish palace even served as a prison to Pope Pius after Napoleon had conquered the papal states. It continued to serve as the residence for Napoleon and Napoleon’s relatives, and their bedrooms were quite decorated! Many leaders of France have had their own bedroom here but one of the most impressive is that of Queen-Mother Anne of Austria, that we see here. The history of this amazing chateau continues even 2nd world war where it was used as a headquarters for Nato until 1966. 2. Chambord The most well-known and debatably the most amazing chateau in the Loire River Valley is the Château de Chambord. It displays distinct French renaissance architecture and when construction began 1519, it was built specifically to act as the hunting lodge of Francois I. Francois spared no expense in having this one completed, and some believe that Leonardo Da Vinci was even involved in the design. The primary architect was Domenico da Cortona from Italy, who also helped design the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The northwestern facade of this iconic building is quite imposing and it displays nearly perfect symmetry. This could certainly be most impressive building constructed under the impactful rule of Francois I. 1.Versailles The most well-known and popular chateau to visit in France is often considered to be the chateau of Versailles, located in the Ile-de-France region, situated 12 miles southwest of Paris. This was also originally built as a royal hunting lodge and it’s a prime example of royalty in France indulging before the French revolution. Construction began with king Louis the XIII it quickly became the new seat of French Royalty and the home of King Louis XIV. The h all of mirrors is renown for it’s elegance and numerous chandeliers. Here we see the opulent queens apartment that you can tell is pretty fancy! The sophisticated gardens of Versailles are unmatched in France and complete with orangeries. It’s been the location of many important treaties that would change history and is estimated to be worth 50 billion dollars, but it’s not for sale!
The architectural heritage in the valley's historic towns is notable, especially its châteaux, such as the Château de Montsoreau, Château d'Amboise, Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, Château de Chambord, Château de Chinon, Château du Rivau, Château d'Ussé, Château de Villandry and Chenonceau. The châteaux, numbering more than three hundred, represent a nation of builders starting with the necessary castle fortifications in the 10th century to the splendour of those built half a millennium later.
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