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Annecy is a historic, picturesque city in the Haute-Savoie department of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alps region of France. It lies just 559,5 kilometers south-east of Paris, on the northern tip of the famous Lac D'Annecy (Lake Annecy). Thus being a mere 35 kilometers south of Geneva. Exhibiting beautiful old cobble stone streets and unique pastel coloured buildings it is no wonder why the city is most famously known as the Vielle Ville (old city).
Bruges is the largest city and subsequently the capital of the West Flanders province in the flemish region of Belgium. This historic city is considered as an UNESCO world heritage site. It is a canal-based city, like Amsterdam and thus is known as “The Venice of the North”. It city covers a total of 430 hectares with a population of 118 053. It lies just 300 kilometers north of Paris.
Champagne is a north eastern, historical region in France. Just 160 kilometers away from Paris. The region is most famous for the sparkling wine (Champagne) that is made there. It is more commonly known as the Champagne wine region for this reason. The region was founded in 1065 and constitutes of old counties that were originally from the medieval kingdom of Austrasia.
Colmar is the third largest commune in the Haut-Rhin department, of the Colmar-Ribeauville arrondissement in the Alsace region, found in north eastern France. The town is most famous for its well preserved old town or Vielle Ville effect, as well as its tasty Alsatian wine. The town of Colmar is located on the Alsatian wine route and is often considered to be the capital of the Alsatian wine.
Fontainebleau is a commune in the greater area of Paris, in the Île-de-France region. It is located just 56 kilometers south-southeast outside of central Paris and is considered to cover the largest area of land in the region, even larger than that of Paris!
Fougères is a commune in Brittany of North-Western France. It currently has a population of 20 000 people and is a historic area of France. It is most famous for its Chateau de Fougères, which has a medieval design. Fougères lies just 325 kilometers outside of Paris.
Giverny is a commune area in northern France in the Eure department, Normandy. Lying just 74 kilometers from central Paris, Giverny is easily accessible from the capital. The commune lies on the right bank of the Seine and has a quaint population of 502 people. The village is most famously known as the home of the world renowned impressionist painter, Claude Monet
Loire Valley commonly known as Vallée de la Loire, is the centre most region of France that lies just 213,3 kilometers south west of Paris. The region lies around the mid region of the Loire river, which is France's longest river. It is famous for its beautiful fairy-tale like castles (Chateaux) that line the beautiful river, as well as their gastronomic delicacies such as Tarte Tatin which are caramelized apples and their unique goat cheese.
Next to the River Thames on the south east side of Great Britain lies the wondrous city of London. As the capital of Great Britain, London has the highest population in the whole of England, and United Kingdom. The city's history reaches back to the 2nd century and today it is home to a wide diversity of people that belong to a range of cultures and speak many different languages (currently there are over 300 languages spoken in the area).
Mont Saint-Michel is a magical island situated just 1 kilometer off the coast of Manche, Normandy. It is situated in the mouth of the Couesnon river mouth and is only 100 hectares in size. It is most famous for its brilliant castle like abbey that towers over the island itself, which was first built in the 11th century. The island has a quaint population of only 44 people! Lying only 361,3 kilometers north west of Paris. Since, it has been renovated over the centuries resulting in what we know today.
Normandy is a northern region of France that lies just 220,7 kilometers north west of Paris. It has a population of 3,37 million people constituting 5% of the French population. Since 1956 Normandy had been divided into two parts, Lower Normandy (Basse Normandie) and Upper Normandy (Haute Normandie). The two parts were just recently unified in 2016. Normandy is well-known for its delicious Camembert cheese, cows and hard ciders.
The town of Versailles is one of France's most well-known historical cities. Just a mere 17 kilometers south-west of central Paris, it is located in the Yvelines départment, in the Île-de-France region. Originally founded by King Louis XIV, Versailles acted as the capital of the kingdom for almost an entire century, between the 17th and 18th century before becoming known as the iconic 'cradle of the French revolution'.
The city of Reims is found in the Grand est region of France, only 145 kilometers east-northeast of the capital, Paris. The historically prominent city has a population of 182 592 people. It was once a very important city, playing a vital role in the ceremonial habits of the monarchy. It was in Reims that many French Kings were crowned for almost a thousand years. The city is considered as being the unofficial capital of the region famous for its champagne.
Strasbourg is the brilliant capital of the Grand East region of France, whilst also subsequently being its largest city too! It lies on the border between France and Germany, and has often been named as the cultural bridge between the countries. This however has been vehemently disputed throughout history. Strasbourg has a population of 276 170 people and is situated 492 kilometers away from Paris.
Vitré is a commune of the Ile-et-Vilaine department found in Brittany, of northwestern France. Lying on the edge of Britanny's border close to Normandy. It is located on the banks of the Vilaine river. The town was most recently designated as a Ville d'Art et Histoire. Meaning it is recognized as a prominent town of art and history. This was bestowed by the Ministry of Culture due to the town's cultural richness.
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