France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its champagne and wines and sophisticated cuisine. (Wikipedia couldn't have put it better!). There is something for everyone.

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Cordes-sur-Ciel is a magnificent Albigensian bastide in Tarn, one of the oldest such fortified towns in Occitanie. It boasts an exceptional Gothic heritage in which all phases are represented: 13th-century Primitive, 14th-century Radiant and 15th-century Flamboyant. Founded in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse Raymond VII, it has kept all of its authentic character, to which it owes its charm. A walk in the medieval town is a real enchantment, especially as the cobbled streets are lined with craft shops and artists' galleries.

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There is so much to do and see in Paris and however much time you have to spend here, you will always need more - which is why I have been back so many times ever since my very first visit in 1993. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower, stroll down the Champs Elysées, visit the Louvre, take an excursion to the Palace of Versailles, see the many shows and exhibitions, become a child again in Disneyland Paris or wander along the banks of the Seine...sit at a road side cafe and quite simply take the time to soak in the Parisian way of life! Every trip will leave you with enduring memories.

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