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Despite stereotypes to the contrary, nothing stays the same in France. Yes, people do debate the merits of one cassoulet recipe over another, while nursing a two-hour coffee, just like they did 50 years ago; Paris still has the power to wow no matter how many times you visit; ducks continue to run a kilometre when they see a menu in the Dordogne; Lyon’s traboules and Lille’s estaminets continue to offer an intriguing glimpse of yesteryear; Brittany’s Pink Granite coast remains spectacularly rose; the Auvergne is still verdant and wondrous; and the Mediterranean ocean is always dazzlingly blue…
And yet, despite all those reassuringly, authentically French elements, l’Hexagone is a country that’s in a state of perpetual development when it comes to welcoming visitors – and why shouldn’t it be? After all, France is among the world’s most visited destinations and it’s the epitome of a country that’s geared up for tourism…
Which is where we come in, with French Holiday Inspirations 2016. Let us guide you to the very best holidays in France with our brand new guide, featuring 180 pages of high quality and inspiring editorial and imagery. Love to get out in the French fresh air? We have activities such as boating, cycling and golf covered. There’s plenty for culture vultures and city breakers, too, plus lots of great ideas for family breaks including theme parks, zoos and attractions. We whet the appetite of foodies and wine lovers, provide a guide to markets and festivals and also get off the beaten track with guides to driving, railway holidays and visit some of France’s most beautiful villages. And if you want to get creative, there are loads of ideas for photography, art, ‘me time’ escapes and tempting snapshots of some of France’s most unusual accommodation. Whatever you love about France, there’s a fabulous French holiday made for you!
This new edition has been fully revised and updated. You’ll find countless new ideas to inspire you within these pages – from hotels and museum openings to food festivals and water parks in the Alps; new cycle routes and restaurants to uniquely Gallic events and thrilling rides at theme parks… the options are so rich and varied.
Finalement, wherever you go in France during 2016, have a great time!