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Auvergne, France

Anchoring the center of France is the Massif Central, a rugged plateau of ancient granite and hardened lava, punctuated by volcanic peaks and deep river gorges. This is the land of the Auvergne, a region of natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, located midway between Paris and the Mediterranean sea. Believed to be inhabited since prehistoric times, regional artifacts suggest that the Celts lived here as early as 400 BC. Today, the Auvergne boasts some of France's most beautiful Romanesque churches, medieval castles, and Renaissance era palaces. The first cathedral to be built in present day Clermont-Ferrand was erected by Saint Namace in 450 AD, and rebuilt in the Gothic style beginning in the thirteenth century. In the medieval town of...

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Alsace is the easternmost region of France. Located some 275 miles from Paris. The region is flanked on the west by the Vosges mountains and the Rhine river on the east. Alsace once was a region of Germany and became a permanent part of France during the reign of Louis XIV. Although, the region was annexed by Germany twice in modern times (1870-1918 and 1940-1945). Tourists find Alsace to be a magical place, with half-timbered houses, which feature gabled roofs, chimneys and beautiful floral arrangements. The mountain area of the upper Vosges is noted as one of the world's best hiking locations. Chefs in Alsace created one of Europe's great original dishes: choucroute. Choucroute is fluffy sauerkraut served with sausages, smoked ham,...

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Welcome to Normandy!

The Normandy region of France combines a 360-mile dramatic coastline, including the dramatically evocative World War II landing beaches, with a verdant interior of lush farmland, bustling market towns, and historic landmarks such as the cities of Caen, Bayeux and Rouen. Gastronomic delights abound, from fine cheeses to cider and Calvados. (Normandy map) We offer four ways to visit Normandy American Normandy D-Day Tour from ParisD-Day Tour with Overnight in Bayeux and Mont St. MichelCustom and Private Normandy D-Day ToursMont Saint Michel day trip A few quick facts about Normandy: That pat of butter on your plate in a Paris restaurant is almost certainly from Normandy. The port of Le Havre is France’s largest international shipping port, though in the 19th century, European...

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