The Loire region in France was the location where aristocrats lived and the area has many castles to tour. The gardens are carefully manicured, expansive and fragrant. In the evenings it is not uncommon for many of the estates to celebrate with music, dance and fireworks displays. Orleans is the home of Jeanne d’Arc or more notably Joan of Arc. Her life and courageous efforts are honoured here. St. Tropez on the French Riviera is the place to see how the other half lives. Visitors can view million dollar yachts and romantic beaches. Cannes is the location of the annual Cannes Film Festival that attracts celebrities from all over the world. Many travelers take a side trip to Monaco and visit Monte Carlo. Another destination where the elite come to play. But only neatly dressed guests are welcome.
The Chateau of Versailles was built by Louis XIV in 40 years. This is spectacular place to see with its original architecture, furnishings and artwork on a sprawling 200 acres of lush gorgeous gardens. Lourdes is the site where the young French girl Bernadette was said to have been visited by the Virgin Mary. Many travel here annually claiming spiritual power and miracles. The Grotto and Shrine can accommodate over 20,000 people. The Pyrenees National Park has miles of trails for rock climbing, walking, hiking and enjoying nature. Paris is the home of the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge and the Science and Industry Museum. The Moulin Rouge provides nightly cabaret shows but tickets are hard to come by. The museum has interactive hands-on activities for children who are easily entertained for hours. Street markets offer a variety of home grown fruits and vegetables. Home made cheeses and bakeries with fresh bread and pastries provide quick meals on a budget.