AIGUES- MORTE is a tiny town in Provence with shining white fortification walls. Once it was the port where many Crusaders left Europe for the Holy Land. It boasts a  church used by Crusader and an ancient lighthouse.
AMBOISE (photos) (Slideshow) in the Loire Valley has a chateau/palace perched high above
 the river. There are other Renaissance buildings, including the Clos Luce where Leonardo
di Vinci spent the last years of his life.
AMIENS (photos) (Slideshow) is a large city in the Somme valley that was badly damaged in both world wars. But it boasts a wonderful cathedral which is the main tourist attraction.
ARLES (photos (Slideshow) is one of the more famous cities in Provence. It has a walkable center with medieval walls and buildings, Roman ruins and places made famous in the paintings of the artist Vincent van Gogh.
AVIGNON (photos)(Slideshow) in Provence, is a large modern city, which has a spectacular medieval walled city and is the location of the Palace of the Popes (when the Pope was in Avignon not Rome) and the remains of a medieval bridge.
LES BAUX, near Avignon, was formerly a Roman fortress carved into a stone hillside and considered one of the most beautiful villages in France.
BAYEUX (photos)(Slideshow) in Normandy has multiple attractions. It is the home to the famous 900 year old Bayeux Tapestry a beautiful cathedral and a World War II museum.
BERTANGLES (photos)(Slideshow) is a tiny town in Picardy near Amiens where Baron Von Richtoven was shot down in WWI.
CAHORS (photos)(Slideshow) in the Dordogne has a medieval town, a three-tower 13th century bridge, a pre-Gothic Cathedral and lots of charm. It is close to the pre-historic cave drawings at Peche Merle.
CARCASSONNE (photos)(Slideshow) in Langedoc has a truly spectacular walled medieval city on a hill with a huge castle and ramparts.
CHANTILLY (photos)(Slideshow) not far north of Paris, has a spectacular chateau and an even more spectacular stables complex, built to accommodate the reincarnated nobelman who expected to be a horse in his next life!
LE CHAMBON-SUR-LIGNON a town in southern France whose citizens saved hundreds of Jews during World War II.
CHARTRES (photos)(Slideshowa little southwest of Paris, has a medieval section of old buildings and a huge, spectacular Cathedral most famous for its enormous, beautiful rose window.
COLMAR (photos)(Slideshow) is in Alsace-Lorraine, an area which has been claimed in the past by both Germany and France. As a result its architecture is a mixture. It has a wonderful museum and an ancient church.
DIJON (photos)(Slideshow) is a very large, modern city, but even here there is architectural beauty – and lots of mustard.
DINAN (photos)(Slideshow) in Brittany has a medieval area that is beautiful and steep.
GIVERNY(Slideshow) just northwest of Paris, is the site of the home and garden of the artist Claude Monet.
HONFLEUR (photos)(Slideshow) on the north coast east of Normandy is known for its port area and its Norman church that looks a lot like a boat.
LANGRES (photos)(Slideshow), a small town completely circled by an ancient fortified wall you can walk around to see spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. The wall has towers and gates, one of which is Gallo-Roman dating from 20 BC.
LILLE (photos)(Slideshow) is a large city and has several interesting old areas, a Cathedral, lots of markets and a good art museum.
LYON (photos)(Slideshow) is a large city in the southwest with a wonderful market area along the Rhone river and a spectacular cathedral on a highly visible hill overlooking the city and a Roman museum next to a Roman odeon.
MARTEL (photos)(Slideshow) in the west central part of France is a small city with 14th century buildings and interesting historical links.
METZ (photos)(Slideshow) in the Lorraine in the east of France, has a Gallo-Roman,
 German and French heritage. It has a beautiful cathedral, a very comfortable city center with pedestrian streets, and sidewalk cafes, and a fascinating history museum that has a fine Gallo-Roman collection.
NANCY (photos) (Slideshow) also in the Lorraine just south of Metz, is a gem of classical French and art nouveau architecture, with stunning plazas, an art museum with a broad collection that includes many late 19th and early 20th century impressionist paintings, another museum devoted to art nouveau, a botanical garden and a covered city food market.
OMAHA BEACH (photos)(Slideshow) in Normandy is the site of the American landing at Normandy in WWII and now is the site of the American Cemetery owned by the U.S.A. The cemetery has over 9,000 grave sites of US forces killed in the area.
ORADOUR-sur-GLANE (photos)(Slideshow) in the southeast once was a small town. Six days after D-Day, the German Waffen SS killed all the inhabitants and torched the town. It is now a National Monument.
PARIS (photos)(Slideshow) needs no introduction. Beautiful, vibrant, full of history and museums and neighborhoods that everyone in the world knows.
PECH MERLE (photos)(Slideshow), near CAHORS is the site of beautiful Neanderthal cave paintings.
PERIGUEUX (photos)(Slideshow) in the southwest is the foie gras capitol of France and has a medieval town, Roman ruins including a museum built over a Roman villa, and a great marketplace.
PERONNE (photos)(Slideshow) is a small town in the Somme that was the headquarters of the Germans in WWI.
RENNES (Photos)(Slideshow) in Brittany, a university town with many half-timbered houses from medieval times.
ROUEN (Photos)(Slideshow) northwest of Paris has a number of tourist attractions, and is famous as the place where Jeanne D’Arc was burned.
SENLIS (Photos)(Slideshow) a cathedral town just east of Chantilly.  It also has the Saint Maurice Priory which was a Royal Palace on a site that has been occupied since Roman times.
ST. MALO (Photos)(Slideshow) is a walled city in Brittany that still functions as a beachside town. It was heavily damaged during many wars but the city has always rebuilt in the old style, complete with walk-around ramparts.
STE. MERE EGLISE (Photos)(Slideshow) is the the first town liberated in the Normandy invasion. In the movie “The Longest Day” the actor Red Buttons played a paratrooper who gets hung up on its church's steeple. The celebration of D-Day in this town as well as its wonderful museum make it an outstanding place to visit.
ST. PAUL DE VENCE (Photos)(Slideshow) in the south is an exquisite little town which doesn’t allow cars to enter. Streets remain as they were centuries ago – and the stores are worth looking at.
STRASBOURG (Photos)(Slideshow) in Alsace is a historic city with Roman, German and French roots and a very gothic huge Cathedral.
TOULOUSE (Photos)(Slideshow) is a huge industrial city, but has some wonderful ancient buildings, a great art museum and an interesting airplane museum
TROYES (Photos)(Slideshow) a charming town once a center of the cloth trade
in France, with many half-timbered buildings, and many churches, including a cathedral, and several museums, including one that has a unique collection of 17th through 19th century tools, and another about the pioneering development of knitting machines that produce circular, i.e., cylindrical cloth used in bonnets, skirts, sweaters and hosiery.
CLAIRIERE de L'ARMISTICE  is a clearing in the woods where the Amistice was signed in 1918 after Germany capitulated to Marshal Foch, and again in 1940 when France capitulated to Hitler, both in the same railroad car.  A replica of the car is in a museum there.
LOCHES  in the  southwest has a ver old and quite primitive chateau.  the Dauphin (heir to the throne) Charles VII lived in it and was paid a visit by Joan of Arc requesting that he accept the throne of France.  Who could refuse?
PONT DU GARD, near Nime and Montpelier is the huge remnant of a Roman aquaduct that carried water to all of Gaul.
ROCAMADOUR is a spectacularly beautiful vertical town in the southwest near Cahors that was built directly into the side of a mountain.
LASCAUX  is the location of a cave in which people created impressionistic paintings of animals 25,000 years ago.
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