Honfleur France

When people think of France, perhaps Paris immediately comes to mind. With good reason – Paris is pretty spectacular. But France is so much more than Paris… it’s Europe’s third largest country, and full of diverse regions. There’s Alsace in the east, along the German border; there’s Lyon and its rich food scene; you have Normandy and the incredible Mont-St-Michel, the abbey in the sea; the Loire Valley has more than three hundred châteaux; there’s Provence and its fields of lavender; there’s the mountainous Pyrenees border with Spain; and of course you have the sublime south of France – Nice, Cannes, St Tropez, Marseille, Cap d’Antibes, Cap Ferrat. In addition, Mont Blanc, not far from Chamonix, is the highest peak in Europe. Nearby you have Alpe d’Huez, the legendary mountain stage of the Tour de France. Beautiful small towns like Honfleur, Annecy, Colmar and Yvoire. Towns made famous by their spectacular cathedrals, like Chartres, Rouen and Amiens. Don’t even get me started on French wine and cuisine.

Monica at l'Aiguille du Midi in 1985
Here I am at l’Aiguille du Midi atop Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, in 1985

Where you go in France really depends on what you like and what is important to you.

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