The best sights to see in France

It’s no surprise that France has long been a popular destination for British Expats. With its culture, history and weather it makes an ideal place to start a new life. France has many impressive places to visit and the following list will highlight just a few of the best and most famous locales.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel tower is Frances most famous landmark by far and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. Situated in the heart of Paris it stands high and proud over the surrounding cityscape and the view from the top is something to behold. The tower was built by the engineer Gustav Eiffel in 1889 for the exhibition of Paris. Over 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel tower since its construction.

Mont St Michele

Mount St Michele is a small rocky island 1km off the coast of Normandy. It is home to a spectacular Benedictine abbey complete with steepled church. According to legend, the archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. But Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel’s instruction until Michael burned a hole in the bishop’s skull with his finger. That did the trick and construction of the church was finished shortly afterwards.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The mighty cathedral of Notre Dame took almost 300 years to build and is one of the most impressive buildings found in Europe today. If you love history then a visit to this impressive landmark is a must.

Versailles

The palace of Versailles was built by King Louis XIV in 1710 but had been under construction in one form or another for 40 years before that. Louis intended the palace to be the court and capital of France. The palace itself is massive with the Western face being almost 2000 feet across. The palace is also home to some famous works of art created by the most famous artists in history. The gardens of the palace are also a must see and stretch to cover over 200 acres of land.

The French Alps

The Alps are home to some spectacular landscapes, its snow capped mountains cannot fail to impress. The Alps are home to some fantastic ski resorts and attract thousands of skiers every year. They are just as popular in the summer as the winter and when the ice and snow melts; beautiful craggy hills and lush meadows are unveiled creating an ideal destination for walking, biking and climbing environment.

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