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Journey Across France





France is a big country by comparison to England, over twice the area. It is very diverse and has many varied landscapes and extremes of weather. Snow capped mountains in the Massive Central, Grenoble and the Pyrenees mountains, give way to lush, green fields. The south of France is notably drier and hotter, there is a marked difference primarily resulting from climate between a city like Bordeaux, Toulouse or Carcasonne to Paris, Lille or Calais. Within the south of France the lifestyle appears slower, more 'laid back', individuals have the time to stand and speak, or perhaps share a coffee before carrying on with their daily lives. Primarily grown in this region are fruit and vegetables, for example, oranges, figs, kiwis and naturally grapes, flourish within the warm southern climate.

The Atlantic coast has always been recognized for its rough seas, and is a favorite with surfers, sailors and fishermen alike. From south of Bordeaux to the tip of Normandy there are lots of very quaint fishing villages which have grown to be tourist hot spots. English visitors usually get pleasure from visiting Britanny and Normandy, which may be similar to a French 'Cornwall' from the perspective of climate and landscape... The one trouble in fact is the weather. It can be glorious sunshine, but similarly it may be chilly and torrential rain, one of many disadvantages of booking a vacation in the north of France.

Dordogne within the south west of France has often been a favourite destination of the British vacationer, in truth many have come to remain and enjoy the lengthy hot summers and relaxed manner of life. Such a marked distinction from the 9 to five existence we regularly find ourselves trapped in.

Dordogne has a lot to offer the British holidaymaker, a flavour of the french 'facon de vivre', the goumet cuisine, the wine, stunning countryside for long enjoyable walks, and of course these long scorching summer days that we often wish so much for when in England.

Renting or purchasing a property in Dordogne is surprisingly inexpensive. Local flights by the budget airways can provide fares from one to twenty 5 pounds should you keep an eye out for special offers. The tunnel has helped to reduce automotive journies by upto 2 hours, and your destination can easily be reached in a day's travelling, although many people desire to stop off and enjoy the hospitality of a lodge on the way.

The Dordone is full of lakes and to some extent a fisherman's paradise, folks eager on fishing journey from all over Europe to benefit from the thrill of landing a sixty pound Carp... not everyone's 'cup of tea' it must be said. The area is well-known for its controversial pate 'Foie Gras', an excellent smooth and expensive pate that is produced from the diseased liver of geese or ducks. Additionally this is the area of the 'Truffle', the fungi that are found underneath the soil near certain species of trees. Truffles are very expensive in France and their location is always a highly guarded secret.

About Author David Tatham :

David Tatham has travelled extensively throughout France and lived in the country for many years. He has a wealth of information and knowledge on the culture, the cuisine and the wine. His website can be viewed at <a href="http://www.perigeux.com/" target="_blank">http://www.perigeux.com</a> and if you are thinking of visiting, we would highly recommend the<a href="http://www.perigeux.com" target="_blank"> Dordogne</a> area of SouthWest France.


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Article Added on Saturday, November 19, 2011
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