2. Giverny, Eure. Monet chose to live here for a reason.
3. Versailles, Île-de-France. The excess that brought down the French monarchy can now be enjoyed by everyone.
4. Chartres Cathedral, Eure-et-Loir. Chartres blue is a color unlike any other in the world and the mismatched spires are pretty cool too.
5. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. Renoir chose to paint in the French Riviera for the last twenty years of his life because it is warm and gorgeous.
Moustiers faience pottery is also gorgeous
The nearby Verdon Gorge has a beautiful turquoise color
6. Abbey de Sénanque, Provence. Cistercian Monks grow lavender here
Lavender fields cover the high plateaux in the Sault area, at the base of Mont Ventoux. It also grows in the Apt area, in the Luberon and in the Valréas Enclave. Nobody does lavender quite like France!
7. Livarot, Normandy. For the CHEESE, if not the beautiful scenery. The pungent Livarot is considered one of the great cheeses of Normandy; it is nicknamed “colonel” as the bands of raffia evoke a colonel’s uniform.
You must say thank you to the cows for the cheese
8. Bayeux, Normandy. Because the Bayeux tapestry is probably the most important pictorial image of the 11th century, since it’s the essentially the only record of the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England. You can see the tapestry at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.
The town is pretty, too.
9. Vaux-le-Vicomte Gardens, Maincy, Île de France. It’s incredibly gorgeous (the same architects who designed the Chateaux designed Versailles) and regularly open to the public.
11. Millau Viaduct Bridge, Millau. The tallest bridge in the world, a feat of engineering. See more pictures of it here.
12. Chamarande, Essone. Lush grounds and yeah, there’s a castle here, too.
13. Saint Cecil Cathedral, Albi. The most important religious building in Albi and is claimed to be the largest brick building in the world.
15. Pontrieux, Brittany. Quaint old-world charm perfection. And a flower boat.
16. Honfleur Normany. Beautiful seaside and seafood.
17. Rennes, Brittany. Rennes is the capital of Brittany and has awesome 3D art like this.
18. Marseilles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. It’s the second largest city in France after Paris and has one thing Paris does not: beaches. The sand they put on the Seine to make a “beach” does NOT count.
19. Lyon, Rhône-Alpes. Probably the coolest city in France after Paris.
The Basilique de Fourvière from Saone
Fontaine des Terreaux by Bartholdi
20. Kayersberg and Colmar, Alsace. Charming, well-preserved old towns don’t get much better than these. The first photo is of Kaysersberg, which is on the Route Du Vin, and the second is of Colmar.
21. Notre Dame de Reims Cathedral, Reims. The Kings of France were once crowned here. The structure is fittingly majestic.
22. Mont Aiguille, Isère. The mountain is one of the Seven Wonders of Dauphiné.