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Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a city in south-west France that is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city. It can be visited comfortably as a day trip. Carcassonne is divided into two main parts:
The Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress settlement with a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years. Picturesque fortifications (over 3 km of walls with 52 towers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was partly shot here) were reconstructed by Viollet-le-Duc in 19th century (like with most monuments reconstructed in that time authenticity was not the main objective). It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The town center, known as the ville basse (literally ‘lower city’), where the other sights and hotels are located.

There is much to see in this somewhat neglected region of France. Get into the hills and visit little villages like Minerve. Try using the Michelin maps but forsake the red roads and take to the little white roads. You will be rewarded by seeing lovely little places that tour buses never visit. Medieval jousting displays are held twice a day between the two walls. Whilst this may sound like a typical tourist activity, this is actually a very impressive and entertaining display of horsemanship and combative competition. This is something you should definitely check out.

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region of France and is most widely known for hosting a number of important European institutions. It is also famous for its beautiful historical center - the Grande Île - which was the first city center to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is a popular tourist destination primarily thanks to the beautifully preserved and pedestrian friendly city center, which can be explored on foot or bicycle in a few days. Don’t forget that Strasbourg’s appeal now brings tourists to the city throughout the year, with large tour groups especially frequent during the summer months and during the annual winter market. Staying for a few days will allow you to see the city when it’s calmest, first thing in the morning and during the evening. You will surely enjoy it here if you choose to visit.

You must see Cathédrale Notre Dame - built between 1176 and 1439 and with a 142 meter tower (the highest cathedral tower in France), the cathedral is undoubtedly Strasbourg’s finest architectural highlight. Just nearby on place du Château is the Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre Dame - a splendid museum of medieval religious art related to the cathedral. Places you should also consider visiting are:
Palais des Rohan, a French style palace, built after the acquisition of the town by the French (1681). Home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.
Musée Alsacien, the museum that features articles from the daily lives of Alsatian peoples from the 13th to 19th centuries: clothing, furniture, toys, tools of artisans and farmers, and religious objects used in Christian, Jewish, and even pagan rites. The exhibits are in rooms connected by wooden staircases and balconies in adjacent multistory Renaissance-era houses around a central courtyard.

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Nice, France

Little to the world, but with huge heart, hidden in the sights of France, Nice is a very beautiful city that has been compered with Paris Lyon Marseille and Toulouse. If you ever get a chance to visit this place, use it and discover how it feels to be astonished and satisfied by the beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy the long beach walks on golden colored sand, get lost in a bunch of little streets, or meet new people. Do whatever you like because this destination exudes life. So come along and have fun.

The city is called Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille. The area of today’s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in Europe. One of the archaeological sites, Terra Amata, displays evidence of a very early use of fire. Which means that you can discover some unique cultures from different people. Nice experiences in Mediterranean climate. The summer/holiday season lasts for 6 months, from May to October, although in April and November sometimes there are temperatures above 20 °C.

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Colmar, France

Visiting Colmar is like visiting a whole other world. Colmar is a commune in Alsace in north-eastern France. All of Colmar’s attractions are concentrated in its old town. For a medieval city, it is surprisingly big, but you can nonetheless get around on foot with no difficulty. Please note that there is no luggage storage in the train station, nor anywhere else in town according to the Colmar Tourist Bureau.

Wandering about Colmar’s old streets is the best way to explore it. There are many great sights like Maison des Tetes (House of the Heads) which is a Renaissance building decorated with faces, and the Pfister House, a marvellous old wooden house, one of the oldest in Colmar, than you have St. Martin Church which is a large church entirely made of pink stone and you have a choice to go to Unterlinden Museum which is the most interesting museum in Colmar, situated in a medieval convent near the tourist information center. You should also visit Bartholdi Museum which is dedicated to the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, who was native to Colmar.

It is highly recommended to buy clothes and shoes in Colmar. The variety is satisfactory and the prices are lower than in neighbouring Germany, Switzerland and even Strasbourg.

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Paragliding over Annecy, France

Paragliding is an extreme air sport in which you are overflying a certain location and experiencing various feelings along with beautiful views from the sky. On this location you are overflying a mountain, a lake, a town and a civilization. There are a lot of apartments, villas and hotels, that offer you a luxurious stay in Annecy. While enjoying your stay, you can have your own little expedition, visit some Annecy sights such as: The Palais de l’Isle, also called the “old prison”; The Château d’Annecy (Annecy Castle); The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre; The rue Sainte-Claire; The church of Saint-Maurice; The European Gardens; The Pont des Amours; The Impérial Palace, but lets get back to paragliding.

Every day you can see a bunch of colorful paraglides in the quaint lakeside mountain town of Annecy. That is because this is one of the world’s most populous destination for paragliding. Lake Annecy in the French Alps is the second largest lake in France, and offers you a stunning jump over the beautiful landscapes. For a jump you will need to have certain qualifications:
- You must not be afraid of height.
- You must have normal weight (Men: from 80 to 120, Women: From 60 to 90).
- You need to be informed, trained and prepared for the jump.
- You need to be handsome or pretty (just kidding :) ).

Here you can see a beautiful 360° panorama and below you can see some great images along with a video.
Have fun.
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Saint Tropez, France

Another perfect destination for your summer vacation. Located in southeastern France, Saint Tropez can provide you incredible fun. It is known as the playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires, and it is most-enduringly known as the place where the iconic Brigitte Bardot was “discovered” and for its role in the liberation of southern France during World War II.

Tropezien beaches are located along the coast in the Baie de Pampelonne, also known by the residents as Grania, which lies south of Saint-Tropez and east of Ramatuelle. Pampelonne offers a collection of beaches along its five-kilometer shore. Each beach is around thirty meters wide with its own beach hut and private or public tanning area. Many of the beaches offer windsurfing, sailing and canoeing equipment for rent, while others offer motorized water sports, such as power boats, jet bikes and water skiing, scuba diving.

Saint-Tropez is well known for the Hôtel Byblos (and Les Caves du Roy), a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, whose inauguration with Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs in 1967 was an international event. Each year, at the end of September, a regatta is held in the bay of Saint-Tropez (Les Voiles de St. Tropez). This is a draw for many yachts, some up to 50 meters in length. This is on my bucket list, what about yours?
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