28 imagesTo discover all the nature, history, culture, heritage, tourist attractions, cuisine, and traditions of Normandy takes enormous time. Because of that, many visitors concentrate only on a few topics. Normandy's nature offers lovely countryside, forests, hedged farmland, and rustic meadows. If you are not afraid of high cliffs, you can follow Boudin, Morisot, Pissarro, and Monet, among many others, to the Alabaster coast to enjoy the picturesque light on white cliffs. For culinary searchers, Normandy has a remarkable gastronomic heritage. Seafood, salt marsh lamb, cider, calvados, Pommeau and perry, teurgoule, dairy products from Isigny, and cheeses from Pays d'Auge are among the treats store for visitors' taste buds. Finally, for war history tourists, Normandy offers WII D-Day landing beaches and museums.
36 imagesIn tourism, Paris is the top destination, with 45 million tourists annually. Paris is where fashion sits because it is the home to the world's most refined and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetic manufacturers such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, and L'Oréal. Paris is also the culinary mecca of earth and cuisine tourism, and the culture around cuisine is a significant trend in traveling. The city has a vast number of three-star Michelin restaurants. Paris contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site, the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre Museum. Paris has always been the place for art. Here painters from all over the world such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, Henry Matisse gathered. Also, expatriate novelists such as Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Henry Miller stayed here to find new inspiration and liberate themselves from the puritan atmosphere in their home countries. In Paris, at that time, people tolerated everything in sexualism. Brothels and erotic cabarets like Moulin Rouge flourished. To sum up, for a tourist, Paris is almost too much in every respect. It is also too crowded for many, but its quarters with narrow streets still have intimacy, and small restaurants with dim lights have that inviting, romantic twist. © Copyright 2016 Seppo Olkinuora. All rights reserved.
7 imagesThe Côte d'Azur or French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France. The sovereign state of Monaco is also regarded to belong to the French Riviera. The British upper class started to come here at the end of the 18th century to escape the bad British weather. Later, with the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats. The French Riviera is a renowned yachting area. Over half of the world's superyachts sail on these waters every year, and nine out of ten superyachts visit the region's coast at least once in their lifetime. On French Riviera, the sun shines over 300 days per year, and also over 100 km of coastline and lovely beaches, tens of golf courses, ski resorts, and thousands of restaurants invite tourists every year. Many celebrities have their villas here and several happenings, for example, Cannes Film Festival and Monaco F1 race, draw famous people here.