Trip To France


France – the world’s most popular tourist destination (and that’s official, folks) – can confidently claim to offer it all, from glam beaches and storybook castles to widescreen countryside and city chic. It’s a country of dramatic juxtapositions – the modish boulevards of Paris, the timeless greenery of the Loire Valley, the wide slopes of the Alps, the lavender fields of Provence, the gourmet restaurants of Lyon, the rugged charm of Corsica – and one which, when taken as a whole, presents a near-perfect visitor package.

Paris itself is one of the globe’s truly great cities: a multi-layered realm of high fashion, historical riches and haute cuisine. But seen in a wider context, it’s just one of many world-class tourist destinations that France has to offer. “How could one describe a country which has 365 kinds of cheese?” once asked former French president Charles De Gaulle. It’s a good question.

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3 Best Autumn Destinations in Europe (Travel)


Europe can be an extraordinarily beautiful place. Where you go may be a matter of personal taste or sentiment, but there are some stunning sights during Autumn in Europe. It’s like having your own personal art gallery, and a few of the classic tales of old Europe as well. It’s a good time to go there, too. It’s off peak, and you can get full coverage travel insurance in Europe easily.

France

France in Autumn is like Monet’s palette, or an escaped Cézanne. The French countryside is justly famous for its charm, but in Autumn it really puts on a show. Moody Paris is a song, and the special, secret places and old cities are looking even more elegant than ever.

You can see why Impressionism started in France, in Autumn. The colours are incredible, and the light magical. The temperatures have gone down from the fierce French summers, and the venerable old stonework in the country seems to be posing for a new generation of artists and photographers.

Particularly beautiful are the Vosges, Lorraine, and Bordeaux, where the dazzling landscapes go to work on the senses with riots of colour.

Germany

The German Autumn is even a match for Canada and the north east United States. Bavaria really shows off, combining its mountains, rivers and forests in stunning shades. If you really want to get lost in beauty, wander around the Neuschwanstein Castle and Mespelbrunn Castle. These are real tableaux of Old Germany, the land of Beethoven and Gutenberg, and there are many places like this.

Swabia in particular is a particularly beautiful place, and the Black Forest lives up to its reputation. This is real Danube country, and as you head to Ulm, on the Bavarian border, you’ll see misty mountains and valleys, ancient ruins like Castle Hohenurach perched on a peak, and endless other feasts for the senses. If you head south to the Swiss border, you’ll arrive on the shores of Lake Constance, another wanderer’s paradise. These are just some of the sights. To see it all, use the train system and see Germany at its best.

England

England’s “green and pleasant land” starts outside London and Manchester, in all directions. Thanks to the UK’s “Green Belt” policy, much of England’s heritage is in good condition, and the minute you get off the main roads, you’re in it. This is the England that created so many fabulous historical images, from Sherwood Forest through the Thames

Valley and a thousand other places. Autumn frosts mix with incredible red and gold canopies, against the green land and endlessly changing skies.

The climate at this time of year is also an excuse for eating fabulous food, making yourself extremely comfortable, and avoiding the tourist season entirely. This isn’t just any tour. Europe in Autumn deserves to be appreciated as what it is, a work of natural art. Avoid the tourists, take advantage of cheap fares and online travel insurance, and have a ball.