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5 Places You Should Visit When on Holiday in France.

Emma Hartley
 


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France is a high contender for holiday destinations. Mainly due to it's wide diversity in terrain and climate, many come here on winter holidays for the snow and Ski, others want to get a perice of the action in one of it's cities and other look for that warm summer holiday beach spot. France like many other countries has it's unusual sights and history.

Joseph-Ferdinand Cheval

Ideal Palace Back in 1879, a 45 year old postman in South East France was doing his daily rounds and tripped up over a stone which he picked up and took home because he liked the look of it.

Bit by bit over a number years his addiction to taking stones home which he had found in the day got worse and he started going out with a wheelbarrow to collect them.

He and his wife then spent 33 years in constructing one of the oldest monuments in France known to be the “Ideal Palace" which still has over 100,000 visitors a year coming to see their work of art.

The Grand Canyon of Verdon

The Verdon gorge situated in the South-east of France is known as the little Grand Canyon due to its similarities with that of the Grand Canyon in Colorado River, United States.

The Grand Canyon of Verdon stretches over 25 kilometers long and is around 700 mters in depth. Named after it's turquoise-green colour the gorge's most scenic part is between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
Many tourists visit this part of France each year, mainly due to it's close proximity to the French Riviera.

Château de Chenonceau

Situated on the river Cher, it is famously known for it's magnificant arches. People such as the Mary, Queen of Scots, child bride of François II spent time here until her husband's death.

During the Summer months people from all over the World come to visit. The dramatic tree lined path to the front door is the most used entrance but if you are looking for a more intimate entrance head through the gardens out under Diane de Poitiers.

Take a look inside the grand building and endless array of arresting tapestries, floors, paintings, ceilings and furniture which are on show.

The Island of Mont St-Michel

Also know as the “Mount in Peril from the Sea", Pilgrims in medieval times drowned or were sucked under by quicksand while trying to cross the bay to the eighty metre high rocky outcrop. The abbey dates back to the eight century and in later time a church was developed on the peek.

New buildings have since been constructed onto the island to produce Romanesque and Gothic buildings clambering to the pinnacle of the graceful church which has formed the most recognizable silhouette in France after the Eiffel Tower.

The Alignments at Carnac

France's own Stone Henge is one of the largest collections in the World. Rows of around 3000 menhirs and standing stones that stretch for over 4km to the north of the village.

Local tradition claims that the reason they stand in such perfectly straight lines is that they are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin or Saint Cornelius.

It is the most important prehistoric site in Europe, long predating Knossos, the Pyramids, Stonehenge or the great Egyptian temples of the same name at Karnak. Enjoy a nice walk around the stones which are just sat inland from the sea and the near by modern seaside resort Brittany .

These are just some of Frances most spectacular scenery and places to visit the next time you look to book your holiday rentals in France .

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