When you think of France, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  If you are like me, you immediately picture the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa. But there is so much to discover!   France is one of the largest countries in Europe and is definitely very diverse.

Whether you are a foodie, love art and history, or enjoy sampling and learning about wine – France has a city or two for you. On my last trip to France, I spent a week on a river cruise and a week cycling. There are 13 regions in France – here is a little bit about 3 of my favorites.

When you hear someone mention the Provence region, do you immediately think of lavender?  If not, you will after a visit to this picturesque area.  Arles and Avignon were two of my favorite cities in Provence. Arles is famous for inspiring Van Gogh, and Avignon is a beautiful walled city and home of Pont D’Avignon-The bridge is famous the world over due to the lovely children’s song “Sur le pont d’Avignon“.  They are both on the Rhone river so a river cruise is a great way to visit the area. It’s also very easy to access by train.

The Burgundy region is beautiful rolling green hills, vineyards, and mustard fields. Did you know that in Burgundy there are only two types of grapes – Pinot Noir and Chardonnay? A must-do if you love mustard as I do is a visit to the Fallot mustard mill for a tour and an opportunity to make your own mustard.  There are dozens and dozens of small wineries in the region – most can be visited only by appointment so plan ahead. In the beautiful city of Beaune, there are seven 1 Michelin Star restaurants but you can get outstanding food at almost any little café you stop by.

Normandy is best known as the site of the D-Day landings in WWII.  The Normandy American Cemetery, the Memorial Museum of Omaha Beach, and the Abbey of Mont-St-Michel are just a few of the sites you can visit here.  You should definitely have a guide to make the most of the experience. Also in the region is Giverny, once the home of Claude Monet. If you are a fan of Monet, the Museum of Impressionism is a must-see.

As the world starts to open again, I am reminded of just how much there is to see. When you are ready to travel again, Premiere Travel Planners would love to help you create lasting memories. As always, we offer complimentary phone consultations.  Let us know where you are thinking of going and we will be sure to match you with the proper professional in our office. Get in touch with us today.