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Outside the French capital lively cities, from Marseille to Mulhouse, ooze culture like a ripe brie while 22 regions dish up unique local food, wine and joie de vivre. Take along your phrase book and uncover France beyond the clichés.
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|Nice||Paris Cdg Airport||06:36||AU$ 121|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Avignon||03:09||AU$ 64|
|Lyon||Paris Cdg Airport||02:01||AU$ 48|
|Paris Cdg Airport||Marseille||03:45||AU$ 64|
|Bordeaux||Paris Cdg Airport||04:10||AU$ 60|
France has one of the most extensive and modern railway networks in Europe. The railway network is managed by SNCF, the French national railway company. SNCF literally stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français in French. More than 32,000 km of railway tracks are managed by SNCF. The group is a leading travel company in France and throughout the world. The high speed rail service in France is almost entirely operated by SNCF through its flagship trains called the TGV. Other local and regional trains are operated by the company. Regional trains are called TER. A seat reservation is mandatory for pass holders to travel on board the TGV.
In Paris and around, you have already a lot to see. Pompidou Center, Louvre museum, Versailles Castle and so one are waiting for you. From France’s capital, you can hop on a train to discover the German influence in Strasbourg, the Spanish one in Toulouse. You can also stroll in Bordeaux neo-classical streets or discover Renaissance Lyon and its “traboules”.
France is everything that you want. Board a train to Provence to be wowed by the landscape. Explore the numerous Loire Valley Castles or be touched by the Prehistoric Painted caves in Dordogne. If you like nature, enjoy canoeing along Ardèche’s river, go skiing in the Pyrenees or run to Camargue plateau to admire wild horses.
If you like high-end fashion, you’ll find beautiful shops in Paris, Bordeaux, or Cannes. Buy some foie gras in Dordogne while you visit. In the Provence region, pick up olive oil and by-products. If you like wines, Loire Valley, Burgundy and Bordeaux regions provide excellent ones.
Eat & Drink
If you’re visiting France by train, stop on Toulouse to taste the Cassoulet. In eastern region Alsace try the choucroute, or the Bouillabaisse (fish soup) with anise-flavoured Pastis if you are near Marseille.
If you’re fond of contemporary art, wander around the Abattoirs in Toulouse or around Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, or enjoy the view from the new Millau’s viaduct, an amazing bridge.
Top cities in France
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Lille, the gateway to Northern France Lille is an (...)
Lyon, the capital of French gastronomy Proud of its (...)
Nantes, enjoy french history Feel like French royalty (...)
Nice, the capital of the French Riviera Nice, capital (...)
Marseille, the capital of Provence region Marseille is (...)
Paris, the capital of France One of the world’s (...)
Strasbourg, the capital of Christmas Strasbourg is the (...)
Bordeaux, gateway to vineyards Bordeaux is located in (...)
Besançon, the fortified city Bescançon’s old town La (...)
Rennes, the gateway to Brittany Rennes is the capital (...)
Dijon, the capital of the Burgundy Dijon is a town (...)
Lourdes, the Marian city Lourdes is a small town (...)
Avignon, the city of Popes Avignon is located in the (...)
Montpellier, a pioneer of ecological urbanism (...)
Angouleme, the french comic-strip capital Stroll along (...)
Cannes rolls out the red carpet for you Sleek, sunny (...)
Mulhouse, let yourself be seduced by Alsace. Mulhouse (...)
Spring waters tumble from over 100 fountains dotted (...)
Annecy, the gateway to Lake Annecy Annecy is one of (...)
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Lille Europe railway station is one of the major (...)
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Lyon Part Dieu railway station is the primary railway (...)
Lyon Perrache railway station (Gare de Lyon-Perrache) (...)
Marseille Saint Charles is the main railway station of (...)
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Paris Gare du Nord is the busiest railway station of (...)
Paris Gare Montparnasse is one of the major railway (...)
The Reims railway station is located near the city (...)
The city of Rennes has one main railway station, (...)
Saint-Malo railway station is the train station located (...)
Strasbourg Gare Centrale is the main railway station (...)
Toulouse Matabiau railway station is the main railway (...)
Tours railway station is located in the town of Tours, (...)
Airports in France
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Chemins de fer de Provence
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