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France is one of the largest countries in Europe. It has a population 60 million people and covers an area of more than 540,000 square kilometer. This country has airline connections with most cities in the world. Paris, France’s capital, is a major transportation hub with two international airports, other international airports exist in Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Nice. This country also has very good and comprehensive railway links, as well as a network of efficient motorways links, with the rest of Europe. A number of ferry routes make daily trip to Corsica (one of France off shore state) over Mediterranean Sea and more ferries serve several ports on each side of the English Channel to link up with United Kingdom. There is also a Channel Tunnel providing an alternative railway link to United Kingdom.
Each year, France receives more than 75 million visitors. The country is known as "Hexagon" because of it six-sided geographical shape. It shares border with by other European countries. These include Spain which is across the Pyrenees to the south, Switzerland and Italy just beyond the Alps; Luxembourg and Belgium to the northern side; France on the other side of Rhine and United Kingdom which lies across the English Channel.
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Largest cities of France include:
1. Paris with 2.1 million people
2. Marseille with 800,000 people
3. Lyon with 450,000 people
4. Toulouse with 400,000 people
5. Nice with 350,000 people
France has many rivers. The most famous one had to be Seine, which cut across Paris. Three other major rivers of France include Loire, Garonne and Rhone. And although France covers a large area, it is relatively easy to travel around in. The country has a well organized rail network, where high speed TGV (Trains a Grande Vitesse) link covers most of the important cities and towns. Motorways runs to all parts of France may have expensive tolls but are fast and efficient for longer distances. And there are smaller roads with comprehensive coverage that provide an interesting way to discover the country varied landscape. The road networks are well maintained and signposted.
France is most well known for wine making which dates back to Roman times. The range, quality and reputation of the fine wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone and Champagne, in particular, have made them role model of the world over.
There are 10 wine producing regions in France. These are:
- Jura and Savoie
- The Southwest
Each of these regions has it own identity base on grape varieties climate and soil. The country has its Appellation Controlee laws that guarantee a wine's origins and production methods.
Some of the Famous landmarks in France include:
- Eiffel Tower in Paris. This built in 1889 for Universal Exhibition and to commemorate the centennial of the Revolution. Initially, this 324 meter tower was meant to be a temporary addition to Paris's skyline. It was the world tallest building until 1931 when New York Empire State building was completed.
- Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Standing at 50 m, the arc is encrusted with shields and sculptures. There is a viewing platform that offers fascinating view of the city. Arc de Triomphe was meant for Napoleon and his army where his men would "go home beneath triumphal arches".
- Notre Dame in Paris. No other building in the city can represent the history of Paris more than Notre Dame. It was built on top of the site of a Roman Temple. This cathedral was commissioned by Bishop de Sully in 1159. Since then, it had witness to great events of French History including coronations Henry VI in 1422 and Napoleon Bonaparte in 1804.
- Chateau de Versailles. This palace was started by Louis XIV in 1668. It grew around Louis XIII original hunting lodge. This palace is famous for its beautiful garden, great palaces and elaborate fountains.
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