FRANCE - THE COUNTRY OF HAPPY LIFE
France is the third biggest country of Europe. 20% of its population is concentrated in Paris and suburbs. France also has a huge number of immigrants from Northern Africa - Muslims and Jews. They add some special color to the life of such big cities like Paris, Marseilles or Montpellier. At last time there are terrible tensions between these communities (as an echo of Middle Eastern War).
Everywhere you go you meet nice and friendly people, knowing the secret of being happy. The great French kitchen is one of the secrets. Making love is another. The wine is the third. Of course, there are more.
As the expression of this "knowledge" and at the expense of the French nation, French kings had built wonderful castles of Paris, Versailles, Fontainebleau and Loire. Visiting these places is a "must" for every tourist.
During the centuries, France also was a cultural capital of the world. Its especially deep stamp was left during the impressionist epoch. To enjoy of these paintings, you have to visit, at least, Musees d'Orsay, d'Orangerie, Marmottan and Beaubour in Paris. Seeing the wonderful paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Pissaro, Gaugin and else - is another "must".
Apart of breathing the air of palaces and museums, you can stroll around the wide Grandes Boulevards of Paris, visit charming tiny streets of Marais or Latin Quarter, shop at Boulevard de Haussmann or in haute couturiers' boutiques of rue St Honore and around Champs-Elysees. The vibrant nightlife of Paris is also world known.
Try to loose yourself in romantic medieval streets of Normandy, Bretagne, Burgundy, Provence and etc. The magnificent Abbey of Mont St Michel placed at the mid of Normandic bay is still waiting for you.
Hiking in the Pyrenees far from noisy center or doing ski in Alps is another great option. A peak of your trip can be a visit of the vineyards of Burgundy together with its quiet charming boating canals.
The lovers of sun and sea can choose visiting Provence, where you'll find everything you need: sea beach, great food and wine, love and casino.
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