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Image – Beautiful Corsica. The island of Corsica is a spectacular land mass of mountainous terrain and rocky coastline, a mere four hours ferry crossing from the South of France. It is surrounded by the Ligurian, Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean Seas close to its Italian neighbour, Sardinia. Its highest mountain, Monte Cisco, rises to 2,708 metres above the town of Corte right in the heart of the island and is the best base for exploring the mountains and gorges which form the Parc Naturel Regional which runs almost the entire length of the island. The island is divided into two...

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12e Arrondissement

Image – These columns frame the Place de la Nation  at the beginning of the cours de Vincennes, Copyright Informationfrance. 12e Arrondissement Right bank, Bois de Vincennes / Gare de Lyon The 12th’s major attraction remains the Bois de Vincennes, a sprawling park on the eastern periphery of Paris. It’s been a longtime favorite of French families who enjoy its zoos and museums, its royal chateau and boating lakes, and most definitely, the Parc Floral de Paris, a celebrated flower garden whose springtime rhododendrons and autumn dahlias are among the major lures of the city. Gare de Lyon The dreary  Gare de Lyon also...

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Burgundy Franche Comte

The Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region now encorporates the previous Regions of Burgundy and the Franche Comté. The name Burgundy immediately conjures up visions of superb wines and wonderful gastronomy. Regional specialities range from the classic ‘Boeuf Bourguignon’ and ‘Escargot de Bourgogne’ to the delicious Charolais beef and ‘Jambon Persillé a l’ancienne’, delicious eaten cold accompanied by a glass of Chablis on the banks of one of the many canals or rivers that cross Burgundy, possibly followed by ‘tarte au fromage blanc sucrée’ or a little Bleu de Bresse, both typical of the Saône et Loire. The vineyards are recognised as being...

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Pays De La Loire

Famous as much for its imposing Châteaux as for the excellent wines it produces, this vastly varied region extends from the temperate coastline of southern Brittany to Le Mans in the east. Communications are good with Ryanair flights to Nantes, the TGV and excellent motorways from north to south. To the North, the Mayenne abuts Normandy and is an unspoilt rural department of agricultural land. The regional park is a refuge from the bustling urban world. The capital, Laval, has a medieval Château and imposing city walls and the department is generally rich in Romanesque architecture. The Loire Atlantique...

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Le Francois 1er

Le Francois 1er Ardres Place d’Armes, Ardres, 62610. Tel: 03 21 85 94 00 Email: Website: Closed: 31st March – 2nd April, 2nd September – 17th September, 24th December – 12th January, Monday, Wednesday dinner, Sunday dinner. Restaurant: Menu: 26€/ 49€ – Carte: 52€/71€ Info: In the heart of the historic town of Ardres Jocelyne provides a warm welcome to Le François 1er now completely renovated in an environment of wood and old stone. Gerard offers a lightweight cuisine but rich in flavours using recipes developed over 25 years employing locally harvested products from the sea or...

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