The Isle de France is not really an island, but called such because it is bound by rivers with funny names, like Epte, Aisne, and Ourcq, plus a handful of canals. This region is home to some of the most popular french cities, such as Paris , Versailles, Fontainebleau, and Giverny.
The region of Normandy will forever be linked to the 1944 D-Day invasion and is one of the most famous regions in France. Some people consider their visit to the D-Day beaches as the most emotionally worthwhile part of their trip to France. Normandy also boasts such cities as Mont-St-Michel, Le Havre, and Rouen.
The Champagne Region is home to the popular and historical city of Reims. Every French monarch since A.D. 496 was crowned at this historical site, and much of French history revolves around it. Joan of Arc was burned at the stake thanks partly to her efforts to break through enemy lines at Riems.
Alsac-Lorraine lies between Germany and the forests of the Vosges. Joan of Arc was born in this region, and the capital of Strasbourg hosts a busy cosmopolitan.
In one of the most popular French regions, the resorts of the French Alps rival those of neighboring Switzerland and contain some incredible scenery: snow capped peaks, glaciers, and alpine lakes. The region boasts Chamonix, the world-famous ski resort facing Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain. The French Alps is also home to cities such as Annecy and Grenoble.
The Rhone Valley is home to French city of Lyon, or France’s “second city.” This region is thoroughly French, and is dedicated to preserving the food and cultural traditions that have produced some of the most famous chefs in history…
Along The Atlantic Coast lies one of the most famous cities in France, the large wine distributing city of Bordeaux. It also boasts towns pivotal in French history such as La Rochelle…
The Basque Country lies along the Pyrenees mountains, and hosts thriving cities such as Biarritz. The pilgrimage city of Lourdes also lies in this region, overflowing with Catholic history.
The Languedoc-Roussillon Region is home to thriving cities such as Toulouse and Montpellier. Although it may not be as “chic” as Provence, it is also less frenetic and much more affordable.
Provence is one of France’s most fabled regions. It flanks the Alps and the Italian border at the eastern end and incorporates a host of sites the rich and famous have long frequented. Premier destinations are French cities Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, and Marseille.
Finally, the Cote d’Azur or The French Riviera evokes glamour and excitement. With cities such as Cannes, St-Tropez, Nice, and Monaco, the Cote d’Azur is one of the most thriving French regions offering not only fun in the sun resorts, but much, much more.