France needs no elaboration. The cuisine, wine, history, culture, museums, art, and even the technology of this heart of Europe is well known. History still lives, and French pride shows in the persistence of wine classifications, protection of rural settings and historical sites. Paris is the center, but all regions of France justify the visitor’s time and attention.

Normandy is visited frequently for its memorial to the World War II Normandy landings. Next door, Brittany has spectacular coastal headlands, quaint villages and exquisite cheese. Bordeaux is of course the home of Bordeaux wines. Provence, is also famous for its wines, as well as summer holiday experiences.