The people of France are spoilt because their country is absurdly endowed with beautiful places and indulgent pleasures.
Italy may have had the Renaissance, but France followed closely on her heels with its own age of enlightenment that saw magnificent chateaux built along the Loire and the birth of modern haute cuisine. Her wines are legendary from effervescent Champagne bubbles to the robust reds of Bordeaux.
No matter in which direction you head you will discover that La Belle France has so much to offer whether it be a city break to one of her classic cities, a skiing holiday to an alpine resort, retracing the events of the Normandy landings in Northern France, idling on a river barge down the Rhone or along the Canal du Midi, a glamorous fortnight on the Riviera or a restful break in the heart of Provence.
Paris is simply the most cultured and romantic city in the world, exerting its magnetic appeal to its array of world-famous attractions. Delve into the art collections of the Louvre, discover the treasures of Versailles and splash out in the fashion house boutiques.
The French Riviera
The playground of the rich and beautiful stretches from glitzy Monaco to the famous hideaways of St Tropez. Cruise the Croisette in Cannes, dine in one of the many Michelin-starred restaurant of Mougins and achieve the perfect tan on Pampelone Beach.
Visit in late spring to seas of scented lavender and the allure of Provence is vividly obvious, but this region is all about peaceful living, fine wines and long, languid lunches and starry starry nights.