Thursday, February 28, 2013
Stroll around the most beautiful villages of France with France-Voyage.com
Amongst the 36 700 communes of France, there are many appealing villages. Boasting fascinatingly varied architecture and scenery, they all have a strong sense of identity, and each one has a charm all of its own. Their heritage seems to have been spared by the passing of time, reflecting the history and ancestral activities of their inhabitants. What could be more natural than enjoying a walk in one of these villages, strolling peacefully around the maze formed by its streets.
From Provence to Alsace, from Normandy to the Basque Country, the France-Voyage.com guide presents the most picturesque villages and hidden treasures of France's heritage: the thackstone roofs of La Garde-Guérin, the wild appeal of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, the hilltop sanctuaries of Rocamadour, the little fishing port of Barfleur, the rose bushes of Gerberoy, the colourful half-timbered houses of Riquewihr, the high cliff of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, the Gothic abbey church of Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye, the paved side streets of Les Baux-de-Provence, the dizzying natural setting of Baume-les-Messieurs, and many more... The list of sights to see is almost endless!
These getaways are an opportunity to get back to basics. As we soak in the atmosphere of these villages, we feel closer to nature and dream nostalgically of life on a more human scale. Each visit has its fair share of enchanting images: an old dormer window, a flower-covered bridge, a sculpted gate, a stone fountain, a wrought iron sign, a rampart turret, a sundial, a bench overlooking the surrounding landscape, and many other little surprises. In its panorama of the most beautiful villages, France-Voyage.com plays the role of an enthusiastic guide, leading you on a delightful walk through these little rural gems full of exceptional heritage, to see a France shaped by a long, fascinating history.