France in Photos: a picture is worth a 1000 words

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Luxembourg Gardens, PARIS – photo: Angela Tiffin

The phrase, “a picture is worth a thousand words” was made famous by American newspaper editor, Arthur Brisbane, back in 1911.  What he actually said was, “Use a picture.  It’s worth a thousand words.”  Instead of writing about the top 10 places to visit in France, here the photos speak for themselves and will make you want to visit France yourself.

PARIS

From the Eiffel Tower - photo: Angela Tiffin

From the Eiffel Tower – PARIS photo: Angela Tiffin – click on photo

Paris is the only place where walking around aimlessly is the best destination.  Everywhere is a potential feast for the eyes and an education in history.

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République PARIS – photo: Angela Tiffin

Paris is still one of the art capitals of the world and street art is everywhere, not just in Paris.  Street artists come from all over the world to paint murals and post art–some sanctioned and some not.

Bellville, Paris - photo, Angela Tiffin

Belleville, PARIS – photo, Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Belleville Park – PARIS photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Belleville – PARIS photo: Angela Tiffin

Parc de Belleville is a great place to see great views of Paris and escape the crowds of tourists in Paris’s other well know parks.

Bellville Park - photo: Angela Tiffin

Bellville Park – PARIS – photo: Angela Tiffin

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photo: Angela Tiffin

Galerie Vivienne PARIS – photo: Angela Tiffin

Staircase No. 13 is still there.  It led to what was once the home of Eugene François Vidocq- convict turned chief-of-police in the 19th century.

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Republique PARIS – photo Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Seine PARIS – photo: Angela Tiffin

Louvre - photo: Angela Tiffin

Louvre – PARIS photo: Angela Tiffin

VERSAILLES

The last home of the King and Queen of France, it’s one of the most popular destinations for a reason.  The French court knew how to do excess.   If you know the history of the Revolution and the intrigues of the court of Louis the XVI and Marie Antoinette it will make your visit a lot more interesting then just looking at a massive palace.

Hall of Mirrors - photo:  Angela Tiffin

Hall of Mirrors – VERSAILLES – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo:  Angela Tiffin

VERSAILLES – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo:  Angela Tiffin

Gardens VERSAILLES – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

VERSAILLES – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

VERSAILLES – photo: Angela Tiffin

GRENOBLE

At the foot of the French Alps the city feels more like Switzerland than France.  The first references to Grenoble date back as early as 43 BC and remnants of Roman walls still exist.  A system of cable cars, referred to as “Les Bulles” (the bubbles), were built in 1934 to take visitors up to the Bastille fortifications.  The Bastille was originally created in the Middle Ages and then added onto throughout the ages.

photo: Angela Tiffin

Funicular to the Bastille GRENOBLE – photo: Angela Tiffin

The Bastille has excellent views of the city and the Isère River.

photo: Angela Tiffin

View from the Bastille – GRENOBLE photo: Angela Tiffin

PROVENCE

Provence has been part of France for 500 years but primitive stone tools that were discovered here prove it was inhabited over a million year ago.

sunflower fields - photo: Angela Tiffin

Sunflower fields PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

Driving through France is the best way to see it because you can stop in unplanned destinations, like this picturesque little cafe.

photo: Angela Tiffin

PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

Lavender season is spectacular but sunflower season is just as nice.  Les Gorges du Verdun and Lac St. Croix some of the most stunning views you will ever see.

photo: Angela Tiffin

LES GORGES DU VERDUN – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

LES GORGES DU VERDUN – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

LAC ST. CROIX photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

LAC ST. CROIX – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

Thorenc is a wild life reserve where you can spend the night in an ecolodge and list to wild animals under the stars as you fall asleep.

Thorenc - photo: Angela Tiffin

Thorenc PROVENCE – photo: Angela Tiffin

If you travel to Nice you might as well go the extra mile and visit Monaco.  They have similar characteristics but Monaco is not for the financially faint of heart.

photo: Angela Tiffin

MONACO – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Pont du Gard – GARD – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

BOURGOGNE – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Clos Bellefond – vineyard in Santenay BOURGOGNE – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Voie Verte from Chagny BOURGOGNE – photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

BOURGOGNE photo: Angela Tiffin

Stop in Chablis for lunch and a wine tasting.  Chablis in the U.S. are twice the price.

photo: Angela Tiffin

Chablis BOURGOGNE photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

BOURGOGNE photo: Angela Tiffin

photo: Angela Tiffin

Chagny BOURGOGNE – photo: Angela Tiffin

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