Cap Frehel, Côtes d'Armor

Cap Frehel, Côtes d'Armor

photo by Jean-Marie Hullot (wikimedia commons)

France off the beaten path

photo by Wolfgang Staudt (Flickr Creative Commons)Camargue Photo by Wolfgang Staudt (Flickr Creative Commons)

France may not be a very big country in terms of the landmass but it certainly makes up for this in terms of the sheer diversity of the landforms seen across the country. There are two ways to witness the splendor of this country, you could ether play it safe and go to those tourist attractions that receive visitors by the millions each year, or you could get adventurous, go to the nearest France motorhome hire business, get yourself a motor home and drive out to experience some of the wondrous offerings of the country that are off the beaten track.

France may not be a very big country in terms of the landmass but it certainly makes up for this in terms of the sheer diversity of the landforms seen across the country. There are two ways to witness the splendor of this country, you could ether play it safe and go to those tourist attractions that receive visitors by the millions each year, or you could get adventurous, go to the nearest campervan hire business, get yourself a motor home and drive out to experience some of the wondrous offerings of the country that are off the beaten track.

Ile de Seine: The town is Brittany is not actually an island despite its name; the area is connected to the mainland by a reek of rock. The quaint, picturesque town that s a mere 2 kms long and is situated on the western ledge of the region. One of the USPs of the area is the fact that the region is completely untouched by the devastation of the modern age; cars and bikes are not allowed in the town; making the place look like it is stuck in a time warp with all its natural splendor intact.

Camargue - Camargue in the French Riviera is home to thousands of birds along with the famed flamingos. Almost 400 species of birds inhabit the area with the better part of the ground set aside as a nature reserve. The area around the Bouches Du Rhones (mouth of the Rhones) is full of marsh land and brine lagoons all of which present the perfect habitat for a wide variety of flora and fauna. Along the way are several small beaches that are a world apart from the tourist infested popular coastal areas of the country. You can have the coastal plain entirely to yourself on many of these beaches.

Montfaucon: The village of Montfaucon is situated 15 kms from Verdun. The new town is built below the old runs; yet a symbol of France’s pride and struggle during the WW II remains perched 200 feet above the runs. A replica of the statue of liberty rests on top of the doric column. The monument commemorates the ties forged between France and the United States after the latter lent a help hand to France to eventually defeat the German forces.

Dieulefit: This is a small pottery village in the province of Drome; the village dates back to several centuries and even today boasts of some of the most impeccable and exquisite pottery. The few small stores on the main street sell everything from mouthwatering French bread to some of the most eclectic art pieces that you will ever see.

Saint-Jean de Luz: The charming village s perched close to the Pyrenees range only a stones throw away from the Spanish border. The Aquitaine town is in the famed Basque region and everything about the place reflects this from its architecture with distinct Moorish influences to its culinary delights. Although the town is small; you will not want for the markets and shops found in the bigger cities; but be ready to battle your way into a parking spot.

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