- By lisa
- On Nov 20, 2018
- Travel Tips
If you like gardens and want to see something of the countryside, try the top attractions in France as below.
Start with Aix-en-Provence
Aix is the place to sit on a sunny terrace and watch the world go by. It’s full of pavement cafes, bars and restaurants, a city to chill out in and enjoy the life of the Mediterranean.
Amiens in Picardy
Eat in the old Quartier St Leu area on the canalside, or take a boat trip out to the market gardens of the nearby marshy Hortillanges area. And if you’re in Amiens you might plan your trip around some of the events, like the two extensive flea markets in the Spring and Fall, or the largest Christmas market in the north of France.
Angers in the Loire Valley
Angers is an old town, with many of the museums housed in splendid buildings like the Hospital of St-Jean, founded in 1174, and the mighty château. A little more recent is the Cointreau distillery, making that sweet liqueur. If it’s food and drink that interests you, Angers is the place with Loire Valley river fish on many menus as well as its famous Le Mans beef dishes. Don’t miss the daily market of fruit and veg that expands on Saturdays to take in the flea market in the surrounding streets.
Lyon in the Rhone Valley
When I first visited Lyon, the capital of the Rhone-Alpes region, I couldn’t understand why so many people pass it by. It’s France’s second city after Paris and well deserves the position.
On the banks of the Rhône and the Saône, Lyon has a great history, founded on its position on vital European trade routes. It was an important Roman city, with amphitheaters which play host to Les Nuits de Fourvières, a festival full of imaginative surprises.