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The planning stage

How to Plan Your Trip to France
The 101 Departments of France
Choosing the Best Time to Visit France

Holidays and Celebrations in France

France Travel: How to Get Around the Country

10 Cool Paris Hotels: A Zany Guide To Unique Hotels In Paris

Tipping In France: What You Need To Know
Pickpockets In Paris: How To Avoid Getting Robbed
France's List of Lists: Tourism Labels and Designations You Need to Know
The Best Books About France You'll Ever Read

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The regions of France

List of Regions and Departments of Metropolitan France (and the stories about them you'll find on this site)


Ain (01)

Allier (03) 

Ardèche (07)

Cantal (15) 

Drôme (26)

Isère (38)

Loire (42)

Haute-Loire (43)

Puy-de-Dôme (63)

Rhône (69)

Savoie (73)

Haute-Savoie (74)


Côte-d'Or (21)

Doubs (25)

Jura (39)

Nièvre (58)

Haute-Saône (70)

Saône-et-Loire (71)

Yonne (89)

Territoire de Belfort (90)


Côtes-d'Armor (22)

Finistère (29)

Ille-et-Vilaine (35)

Morbihan (56)


Cher (18) 

Eure-et-Loir (28)

Indre (36)

Indre-et-Loire (37)

Loir-et-Cher (41)

Loiret (45)


Corse-du-Sud (2A) 

Haute-Corse (2B)


Ardennes (08)

Aube (10)

Marne (51)

Haute-Marne (52)

Meurthe-et-Moselle (54)

Meuse (55)

Moselle (57)

Bas-Rhin (67)

Haut-Rhin (68)

Vosges (88)


Aisne (02)

Nord (59) 

Oise (60)

Pas-de-Calais (62)

Somme (80)


Paris (75) 

Seine-et-Marne (77) 

Yvelines (78)

Essonne (91)

Hauts-de-Seine (92) 

Seine-Saint-Denis (93)

Val-de-Marne (94)

Val-d'Oise (95)


Calvados (14)

Eure (27)

Manche (50)

Orne (61)

Seine-Maritime (76)


Charente (16)

Charente-Maritime (17)

Corrèze (19) 

Creuse (23)

Dordogne (24) 

Gironde (33)

Landes (40) 

Lot-et-Garonne (47) 

Pyrénées-Atlantiques (64)

Deux-Sèvres (79)

Vienne (86)

Haute-Vienne (87)


Ariège (09)

Aude (11)

Aveyron (12)

Gard (30)

Haute-Garonne (31)

Gers (32)

Hérault (34)

Lot (46)

Lozère (48)

Hautes-Pyrénées (65)

Pyrénées-Orientales (66)

Tarn (81) 

Tarn-et-Garonne (82


Loire-Atlantique (44)

Maine-et-Loire (49)

Mayenne (53)

Sarthe (72)

Vendée (85)


Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04)

Hautes-Alpes (05)

Alpes-Maritimes (06)

Bouches-du-Rhône (13) 

Var (83)

Vaucluse (84)

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Best French destinations

The Best of Everything in France
France's Most Stunning Cities (with an urban buzz)
The 3 Most Beautiful Cities In France (That Aren't Paris!)
12 Unexpected Places the French Know - but you might not
9 Sensational French Road Trips to Discover France by Car
The Most Magnificent Prehistoric Caves of France
15 Magical Ancient Roman Ruins in France
Most Beautiful Villages of France
Famous Landmarks In France And Some Of Their Startling Backstories
Why We Love Our Flea Markets
11 Surprising Christmas Markets in France
Tragic Abandoned Places of France

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Ze French

Stereotypes and Myths About the French
Interesting Facts About the French

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French culture and history

The Culture and Civilization of France: Our Backstory
Meet Vercingetorix, The Chieftain Whose Gallic Warriors Beat Caesar
A Day in the Life of Louis XIV, Sun King
Napoleon Bonaparte: The Man The French Love To Hate
Was France's Belle Epoque Really That Belle?
Surprising Small Museums In Paris (And In The Rest Of France)
Lyon Light Festival: The Exhilarating Fête Des Lumières

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French cuisine, drinks and culinary travel

Are These the Most Popular French Foods?
A Typical Breakfast In France (A REAL Traditional French Breakfast)
Apero Time: Why Is The Aperitif In France Such A Big Deal?
"Let Them Eat Baguette", Said Marie-Antoinette, Never.
How to Assemble the Perfect French Alpine Cheese Board
France's Biggest Foodie Secret: The Wedge That Took Over The World
25+ Irresistible French Pastry, Desserts And Sweets: An Insider's Guide
Not All Bottled Water Is Equal, Says This Water Tasting Specialist
The Food and Wine Brotherhoods of France
15 Weird French Foods You Might Have to Be French to Appreciate
What Is Escargot? The Curious Story Of Snails In France
What Do French People Eat for Christmas?
14 Obscure French Drinks You Can Try On Your Next Visit
10 Delicious French Riviera Food Dishes To Taste In Nice, France

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Routes and itineraries in France

Planning The Ultimate France Itinerary: A Step-By-Step Guide
How To Tour The Basque Country Of France In A Week (Or Less)
5-Day Lake Geneva And French Alps Road Trip Itinerary
How to Organize a Day Trip to the Loire Valley from Paris
How to Plan a 10-Day South of France Road Trip

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Le shopping

The Art Of Shopping In France Like An Artiste
Sensational French Christmas Gifts I Found For You Online In 2022
Offbeat France shop

Made in France

Made In France: Creations, Crafts And Creativit
7 Surprising Basque Products That Are Still Made By Hand
The Rapidly Disappearing Enamels Of Bresse
Is This The Last Glove-Maker Of Grenoble?

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Everything else

Loire Pronunciation and Other Loire-Related Peculiarities

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