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Gallic Road Trips

The diverse countryside of France is unrivalled in Europe. Ranging from the grey beaches of Dunkirk on the Channel coast, steeped in history; to the rugged mountains ranges of the Alps, overlooked by Mont Blanc itself; or what about the sunkissed regions of the Cote d'Azur on the iconic Riviera; France truly has it all.

Yet this description does not account for the people of France themselves, who provide each of France's twenty-two regions with its own vibrancy and proud cultural heritage. This independent spirit is embodied in the French concept of terroir, reserving particular respect for food produced in specific regions or in a particular manner, hence the continued exclusivity of the Champagne region's right to produce its famous drink!

So, whether it is the unique local foods, the urban chic of the Parisians or the l'aissez faire cool of the inhabitants of the Riviera; each region of France has something different to offer.

Gallic Road Trips
French Road Trips

With such a varied landscape to explore, both in terms of the people and the natural environment, the obvious way for tourists to get around is by hiring a car, just make sure that your car insurance covers you for driving abroad.  If not, you can get a quote on holiday cover from your own insurance company or from a specialist company.

Although France has an excellent high-speed railway system, the autonomy afforded by a car is ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy opportunities as disparate as stopping off at a local farmers' market, to watching the surf roll in on the wild Atlantic coastline. Furthermore, the presence of many toll roads ensures that the quality of French roads is amongst the best in Europe.

When considering a trip to France, no visit is complete without a taste of the nation's capital city, Paris, often described as "the city of love", along with its Parisian architecture ranging from the grand Gothic cathedral of Notre Dame, to the contemporary, and controversial, "pyramid" at the entrance to the Louvre museum.

In terms of a practical start to a holiday one may also find large car hire companies and it is noteworthy that the French road system spreads outward from Paris.

And one journey, the Paris-Riviera route is one which allows for the assimilation of local French culture and a range of opportunities along the way; from encountering the fields of the Champagne region, to experiencing the breath-taking natural beauty of the Loire valley as it flows from its source in the mountainous regions of the Massif Central. Once beyond the mountains the brilliant blue of the Mediterranean and the coastal cities of Marseilles, Toulon and Nice await. Interspersed amongst the cities are delightful towns such as Cannes, the host of the world-renowned film festival. Such a route provides a delightful end to the road trip; yet the beauty of such travel is the scope for exploration and individual choice in one's holiday in this rich and varied nation, you can be sure of a truly memorable time.

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