Destinations (32)


island in the Indian Ocean, overseas region of France



city in Hérault, France



Rouen is the capital of the French region of Upper Normandy on the River Seine, 135 km northwest from the centre of Paris. The city has a population of 110,000 and its metropolitan area includes some 520,000 inhabitants. It is where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, but the main reason for visiting is its incredible cathedral that inspired Monet to paint over 30 canvases. Rouen was the home of the author, Gustave Flaubert.



Prefecture and commune in Occitanie, France



Subprefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France



Prefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France



Caen is the capital of the Calvados department in northern France. With a population of 115,000, it is the largest city in Lower Normandy.



Honfleur is a town surrounding a beautiful little 17th-century harbor in Calvados, Lower Normandy. It is still active as a fishing port and marina. The town has preserved many historic and traditional buildings and houses some interesting museums, churches and monuments.



capital and largest city of France


Le Havre

Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in the region of Upper Normandy in France.



commune in Bas-Rhin, France



Giverny is a small French village 80 km to the west of the capital city Paris, within the valley of the river Seine and the northern region of Upper Normandy. The village is best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Most attractions are closed for winter (November-March).


French Riviera

Located on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) has the glitz and glamour rivaled by few places on earth.


Centre-Val de Loire

Centre-Val de Loire is a large inland region of central France located to the south-west of the French capital Paris. The name reflects the fact that much of this region embraces the renowned valley of the river Loire. The region is known for its fine historical towns, its vineyards and agricultural produce and its many beautiful castles (châteaux).



Saint-Tropez is a town in the French Riviera.



Hauts-de-France is the northernmost region of France, located to the north of the French capital Paris and situated on the English Channel at the point closest to England. The region also fronts much of the French border with Belgium. The area is sadly known for its central part in the trench warfare of the First World War (1914-1918), perhaps most notoriously the Battle of the Somme, which lasted four and a half months during which more than one million men and women lost their lives. Unsurprisingly, Hauts-de-France hosts a large number of battlefields, war cemeteries and memorials. Less well-known, but still worth your time are the region's many belfries and Gothic churches, and the remnants of France's industrial heartland. Hauts-de-France was created in 2016 by merging Nord-Pas-de-Calais and Picardy.



Èze is a village in Provence, France, between Nice and Monaco.


Pays de la Loire

The Pays de la Loire is an extensive region of north-western France to the west and south-west of Paris, separated from it by the adjoining region of Centre-Val de Loire with which it shares many affinities. Both regions border on the Loire Valley and host famous châteaux. The Pays de la Loire is somewhat more diverse, however, and has a long coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, forming the northern part of the Bay of Biscay, within the area known as the Vendée.



Dieppe, is a town in Normandy on the north coast of France, approximately opposite Brighton on the English coast.



Normandy (French: Normandie, Norman: Normaundie) is a region of northern France, bordering the English Channel. Once the centre of a powerful medieval empire that controlled a significant area of continental Europe, and most of England and Wales, Normandy has an incredibly rich heritage to draw from. Many visitors come to be enchanted by historical attractions such as the triple peaks of Rouen cathedral, the Bayeux Tapestry's engrossing tale of vengeance and conquest, and the fantastical abbey atop Mont Saint-Michel. Normandy is also famed for the D-Day Allied invasion on 6 June, 1944, and the brutal inland fighting that ensued, but which eventually resulted in the liberation of France from Nazi rule.



Bayeux is a small town in northern France within Lower Normandy. Bayeux is best known for the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry that chronicles in visual form the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, in 1066.



commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, the second largest city of France



Cherbourg is a port town at the north end of the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy, France.



Annecy, in the north of the French Alps, is called "the Venice of Savoie" — a well-deserved title. The medieval town centre built around a 14th-century chateau is dissected by small canals and streams running out of Lac Annecy, which is clean, fresh and a wonderful azure colour. Annecy is the prefecture of the département of Haute-Savoie.



French department



city in Alpes-Maritimes, France



commune in Nord, France



commune in the metropolis of Lyon, France



city in Loire-Atlantique, France



commune in Haute-Garonne, France


Loire Valley

French World Heritage Site



commune in Gironde, France

Sights (150)

Eiffel Tower

tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France


Centre Pompidou

contemporary art museum in Paris, France



former administrative region and former province of France


Palace of Versailles

palace in Versailles, France and location of the Museum of the History of France



French department



French department



former administrative region in France



commune in Eure-et-Loir, France



commune in Haut-Rhin, France



Prefecture and commune in Hauts-de-France, France



commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France


Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon



Region of France



former administrative region of France



commune in Haute-Savoie, France



commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France



commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France



Prefecture and commune in Normandy, France



commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France



commune in Tarn, France



Commune in Normandy, France


La Ciotat

commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France


Musée de l'Orangerie

art gallery in Paris, France


Arc de Triomphe

Triumphal arch in Paris



mausoleum in Paris


Lake Geneva

lake in Switzerland and France


Granville, Manche

Commune in Normandy, France



commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France


Cévennes National Park

national park of France



Commune in Normandy, France



commune in Loire-Atlantique, Brittany, France


Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel (often written Mont St Michel, with other variations) is a small UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast near Avranches in the region of Lower Normandy in northern France. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town.


Les Andelys

Subprefecture and commune in Normandy, France


Mont Blanc

highest mountain in the Alps (15,780.9 feet)


Strasbourg Cathedral

Built between 1176 and 1439 and with a 142-m tower (the highest cathedral tower in France), the Gothic cathedral is undoubtedly Strasbourg's finest architectural highlight. Check out the astrometric clock inside the cathedral.




Musée Saint-Raymond

An archaeological museum with Roman artefacts from around Toulouse as well as the largest collection of Roman busts found in France. The building itself is a historic monument. Has an elevator, gift shop and free bathrooms.


European Court of Human Rights

court in Strasbourg, France, established by the European Convention on Human Rights



commune in Indre-et-Loire, France



commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France


Les Invalides

complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France




Cannes Film Festival

annual film festival held in Cannes, France



chapel located in Paris, in France


La Défense

dedicated business district outside of Paris


French destroyer Maillé-Brézé (D627)

A warship which has been moored in Nantes for many years which is open to visitors



commune in Seine-Maritime, France



commune in Loire-Atlantique, France


Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

A famed museum covering European art from the 15th to 20th century. There are myriad events open to all, including night events and festivals.


Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

The first French national museum outside of Paris. It has large permanent and temporary exhibitions. Its architecture mixes a very contemporary structure (a dark box) with an old castle, with footbridges linking the two parts of the museum.



commune in Bouches-du-Rhône, France



region and historical province of southeastern France



commune in Alpes-Maritimes, France



former commune in Lozère, France



Commune in Normandy, France


Vanoise National Park

national park of France


Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild


Basilica of Saint-Sernin, Toulouse

A red-brick church from the 11-12th Century, it may well be the largest Romanesque construction in the world - perhaps because it was an important stopover on the pilgrimage to Santiago. Huge as it is, it's the only remaining part of the former Abbey of Saint-Sernin. Notable features are the great bell-tower, the gates, the "ambulatory" passage, and the thunderous organ. In the 19th C the church was "restored" by the famous French architect Viollet-le-Duc: some of his re-imaginings of the Middle Ages are now being undone.


French Open

French Open Tennis Championships


Musée archéologique (Strasbourg)


Lille Cathedral

The construction of this cathedral started in 1854 and was eventually finished only in 1999.


Mémorial de la Shoah

French Holocaust museum


Lyon Cathedral

The cathedral is dedicated to St John the Baptist (St Jean-Baptiste) and St Stephen (St Etienne) and has the title of primatiale because the Bishop of Lyon has the honorary title of Primat des Gaules. Built between 1180 and 1480, it is mostly of Gothic style with Romanesque elements; the oldest parts are the chancel and the lateral chapels, and as one goes towards the façade, the style becomes more and more Gothic. The cathedral hosts a spectacular astronomical clock built in the 14th century but modified later. It is especially worth seeing when the bells ring, daily on the hour from 12:00-16:00. Over the main door, the rose window, known as the "Lamb rose window", is an admirable work of art depicting the life of St Stephen and St John the Baptist.


Nantes Cathedral

In its two crypts where the treasures and the history of the cathedral are displayed. Next to the Château des ducs de Bretagne.


Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon

Holds only temporary exhibitions which are often very interesting and popular.


Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

museum of marine sciences


Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

It's recommended also because of the interesting building.


Marseille Cathedral

A Byzantine-Roman cathedral at the western side of Le Panier quarter.


Toulouse Cathedral

This great ramshackle edifice is partly Gothic but mostly Dog's Breakfast - the medieval builders have made a hash of things on a sublime scale. They half-built one church, abandoned it, started building another, abandoned that, while other sections were added and added instead of starting over with a clear site. The Archbishop of Toulouse has to come to work in this Frankencathedral.


La Piscine Museum

A 20th century art museum built around a former swimming bathhouse. The main room features a swimming pool.


Château des ducs de Bretagne


Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

Built in 1872 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, patron saint of Lyon, this massive church made of white marble has been compared to an elephant with its feet up. It is a typical example of the 19th century "eclectic" style, with architectural elements recalling antique, classical and Gothic eras. The Byzantine-style interior decoration is extremely exuberant, too much so for some people. Tours of the roof and bell towers are available in the afternoons for €6.


Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Museum of the decorative arts and design located in the Louvre's northwest wing


Musée Toulouse-Lautrec

Art museum in Albi


Château d'If

fortification near Marseille, France


Notre-Dame de la Garde

The big church which overlooks the city. Old fishermen used to have their boats blessed in this church. You can still see many boat models hanging around in the church. From there it is one of the nicest view of the city. You can use the tourist train from the Vieux Port to reach the church - you can get off the train, look around and board a later train back to the port.



hill in the north of Paris, France


Opéra Nouvel

Opposite the City Hall stands the opera house. The 1826 theatre built by Chenavard and Pollet was completely redesigned by Jean Nouvel who kept only the façades and the foyer on the first floor. The building was reopened in 1993. The history of these works was epic: a lot of technical problems occurred and the final cost of the project was six times the initial estimate. Today, the glass top has become a classical landmark of the city but the interior design is criticised, for both aesthetic and functional reasons.


Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art

Modern art, outsider art, contemporary art.


Hôtel-Dieu de Lyon

The majestic Hôtel-Dieu was the oldest hospital in Lyon and is one of the largest buildings in Presqu'île. The façade along the river Rhône is over 300 m (984 ft) long. The first hospital was built in 1184-1185; it was modified several times before Soufflot designed the current building, built from 1741 to 1761. The large dome was completed in 1765. The newly built Grange Blanche hospital (today Edouard Herriot) became the main medical centre in the city in the 1930s. Hôtel-Dieu doctors were pioneers in numerous specialities, including radiology (Etienne Destot), oncology (Léon Bérard), surgery (Joseph Gensoul, Matthieu Jaboulay) and orthopedics (Louis Léopold Ollier); they contributed in making Lyon the second medical centre in the country after Paris. The building no longer fits the needs of modern medicine, therefore the hospital has been closed down in 2010. Its future is not completely clear; it should be at least partially converted into a luxury hotel and shopping mall. Hôtel-Dieu hosts the Lyon hospitals museum (Musée des Hospices civils de Lyon).


Musée des Arts décoratifs, Strasbourg


Château de Villandry



Musée d'Histoire Naturelle de Lille

A large collection of stuffed mammals, insects, fossils, etc.


Musée archéologique de Nîmes

French Museum dedicated to archeology


Musée Cantini

art museum in Marseille, France


Church of the Jacobins

Deconsecrated mother-church of the Dominicans (called Jacobins in France because their first convent was in rue St-Jacques in Paris). Built in Gothic red brick, it contains St Thomas Aquinas' relics. It's now a museum, enclosing the convent, refectory, chapel of St Antonin and Salle Capitulaire.


Musée de l’Œuvre Notre-Dame

A splendid museum of medieval religious art related to the cathedral.


Musée zoologique de la ville de Strasbourg


Musée alsacien (Strasbourg)

This museum features articles from the daily lives of Alsatian peoples from the 13th to 19th centuries: clothing, furniture, toys, tools of artisans and farmers, and religious objects used in Christian, Jewish, and even pagan rites. The exhibits are in rooms connected by wooden staircases and balconies in adjacent multistory Renaissance-era houses around a central courtyard.


Nîmes Cathedral


Île de la Cité

island in the river Seine, Paris, France


Annecy Cathedral

cathedral located in Haute-Savoie, in France


Notre-Dame de la Daurade

This church was founded in the 5th century but demolished in the 18th; the present building dates from the 19th C. The church is closed for restoration until 2019. You can look in, but everything's covered in shrouds and scaffolding.


Opéra de Lille

Built in 1923.


Jardin du Luxembourg

urban park in Paris, France


Passage Pommeraye

A shopping mall built in the 19th century.


La Condamine

is the second oldest district in Monaco, after Monaco-Ville. Here you can stop and marvel at the many luxurious yachts and cruise ships which usually adorn the docks in the marina. La Condamine is a thriving business district where you can visit the 43.73263357.41953021 Condamine Market and the 43.7332677.4200121 Rue Princesse Caroline pedestrian street. With enjoyable landscaped areas and modern buildings, La Condamine is surely worth a visit.


Musée historique de Strasbourg

Museum of Strasbourg's history.


Grande Casse



Maison Carrée


Fondation Maeght


Opéra de Monte-Carlo

The Monaco Opera House or "Salle Garnier" was built by the famous architect Charles Garnier. The auditorium of the opera house is decorated in red and gold and has frescoes and sculptures all around the auditorium. Looking up to the ceiling of the auditorium, the visitor will be blown away by the superb paintings. The opera house is flamboyant but at the same time very beautiful. There have been some of the most superior international performances of ballet, opera and concerts held in the opera house for more than a century; consider taking in a show during your visit... but expect to pay top dollar!


Georges Labit Museum

Asian arts and Egyptian antiquities museum in an exotic and Mediterranean garden built in 1893.


Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls

This Roman theatre is the place where the first Christian martyrs of Gaul were killed. Documents say that it was the largest theatre in Gaul at that time, but nobody knows exactly how far it extends under the neighbouring buildings, nor what remains from the Roman era after centuries of construction. After the closing of the old Fine Arts school (the grey building overlooking the theatre), a debate was initiated about what should be done with this exceptional archaeological site. The theatre can be seen from the street but is not open to the public for safety reasons.


Parc de la Tête d'or

Completed in 1862, this 105-hectare (260-acre) English-style garden is one of the largest and arguably one of the most beautiful urban parks in France. It is a popular place for families as well as joggers. The highlights of the park include the large greenhouses, the botanical garden, the rose garden and the "African plain" in which animals wander in a natural-style environment, perfect for children.


Tomi Ungerer Museum


Musée Fabre

municipal museum of Montpellier Urban Community


Palace of Europe

built in 1977 by Henry Bernard.



Commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France


Monte-Carlo Masters

This tournament is held end of April each year at the Monte Carlo Country Club just outside of Monaco in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Rafael Nadal is the record holder.


Cotentin Peninsula



Pont Neuf, Toulouse

Like the Parisian Pont-Neuf, the name means "New Bridge" - though it's by far the oldest bridge across the Garonne river. Construction dragged on from 1544 to 1626. The arches aren't symmetrical - they were supposed to represent the face and haunches of a lion, but you'll need a lot of imagination to visualise that.The water-tower ("chateau d'eau") at its west end hosts photography exhibitions.


Prince's Palace of Monaco

The Palais Princier is in old Monaco-Ville and is worth a visit. There are self-paced, audio-guided tours of the palace. The palace also offers a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Port and Monte-Carlo. Everyday at 11:55 AM, in front of the Palace's main entrance visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony performed by the "Carabiniers". “Carabiniers” are not only in charge of the princes’ security but they offer him a guard of honor and on special occasions, are his escorts. The “Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince” has a military band (Fanfare), which performs at public concerts, official occasions, sports events and international military music festivals.


Citadel of Lille

A masterpiece of 17th century defensive military architecture, built in the reign of Louis XIV and designed by Vauban, the famous French military architect. In the same area is a zoo (free of charge) and a lovely park.


Palais Rohan, Strasbourg

French-style palace, built after the acquisition of the town by the French (1681). Home to the Museum of Fine Arts, the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Applied Arts.


La Vieille Charité

is a wonderful old monument, a former charitable housing for poor, now hosting museums and exhibitions.


Vieux Nîmes museum

ethnographic museum in Nîmes (Gard, Languedoc, France)


Stadium de Toulouse

football stadium


Palais Longchamp

It houses the city's Musée des beaux-arts and Natural history museum. The surrounding park (the Parc Longchamp) is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France. The Boulevard Longchamp connects it with the city centre.


Place Bellecour

The largest clear square in Europe. In the centre stands the equestrian statue of Louis XIV ("under the horse's tail" is a usual meeting point for locals). Apart from this, it is rather empty, windy and not so pleasant. A renovation project is under way. Between the southeast corner of Place Bellecour and the river Rhône is Place Antonin Poncet. There was a hospital there (Hôpital de la Charité), built in 1622 and demolished in 1934. The only remain is the bell tower (Clocher de la Charité) built in 1667.


Musée Matisse (Nice)

art museum in Nice, France


Île Barbe

This charming island on the river Saône is the only inhabited island in Lyon. In the 5th century, one of the first monasteries in Gaul was founded there. It became a powerful Benedictine abbey (from the 9th century) but was finally ruined in 1526 by Protestants, during the religious wars. Of the three churches that existed on the island, only the Romanesque Notre-Dame remains. The island also has other old buildings in a quiet and green environment. The suspension bridge was built in 1827.


Hôtel de Ville, Lyon

The city hall, built in the 17th century, has a very beautiful façade on Place des Terreaux. The most notable feature of this façade is the sculpture representing King Henri IV on horseback (in the middle of the upper part). Unfortunately, it is impossible to visit the building except during the "Heritage days" (Journées du patrimoine) in mid-September.


Église Saint-Paul

A very nice church, with mixed Romanesque and Gothic styles. The oldest parts are from the 10th century.


French Alps

home to the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc, this is quintessential ski country.


Hôtel d'Assézat

Great mansion house built in the 16th C in Renaissance style for a rich merchant. It now houses the Fondation Bemberg, the personal art collection of Georges Bemberg (1915-2011).


Capitole de Toulouse

Magnificent red-brick building in Neoclassical style, lording it over the pedestrianised main square Place du Capitole. It houses City Hall (with a grandiose "Salle des Illustres") and the city's main theatre.


Cité de l'espace

Scientific theme park with interactive exhibits on space travel and replica spacecraft. Most suited to 5-14 year olds.


Kammerzell House

The intricately carved half-timbered frames decorating the upper floors date from 1589.


Metallic tower of Fourvière

Next to the basilica stands a smaller (86 m, 282 ft) replica of the Eiffel Tower, completed in 1894. Its construction was supported by anticlerical people in order to have a non-religious building as the highest point in Lyon, which it actually is with an altitude of 372 m (1272 ft) at the top. It now serves as a radio and TV antenna and is closed to the public.


Place des Terreaux

This large square was completely redesigned in the 1990s by the artist Daniel Buren. On the East side stands the City Hall. On the North side, you will find the fountain sculpted by Bartholdi, the 'father' of the Statue of Liberty; this fountain was moved from the West side when the square was renovated. It now faces Palais St Pierre, which hosts the Museum of Fine Arts.


Château de Gaillon

The Château de Gaillon is a renaissance castle located in Gaillon, Normandy region of France.


Tour Magne

tower in Nîmes, France


Temple of Diana (Nîmes)


Jules Verne Museum


Saint Irenaeus Church, Lyon

The oldest church in Lyon, and one of the oldest in France. The site is built on a Gallo-Roman necropolis which was in use for centuries, until the Middle Ages. Some sarcophagi from the 5th or 6th century are visible in the courtyard. The crypt dates back to the 9th century and was renovated in the 19th century. Early Christian remains (from the 4th-6th centuries) are kept inside. The church was rebuilt in the 19th century in a neo-classical style with a Byzantine influence. An arch from the 5th century remains. Behind the church, the calvary built in 1687 is also a great viewpoint.


Église Saint-Maurice, Annecy

church located in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France


Jardin Exotique de Monaco

The Jardin Exotique is one of the many gardens Monaco has to offer. It is also one of Monaco’s finest tourist attractions. Several thousand rare plants from around the world are presented in a walking tour that is quite memorable for the views as well as the flora and plants. Due to the rise in altitude, not only are there many displays of desert plants but there are a handful of subtropical flora displays as well. There is also a grotto (cave) that has scheduled guided tours. The tour starts at the beginning of every hour and lasts for around 25 minutes. In the cave, you will have to climb the stairs equivalent to around a 6 storied building. You need to take bus number 2 to reach this Garden. You can take this bus either from the train station or from the Oceanographic Museum.


Verdon Gorge

a beautiful turquoise-green river canyon, great for kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing or just driving around the limestone cliffs.


Auguste gate

Roman city gate


Cité Internationale

This business and residential area in an important urban project for Lyon. Designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano (also known for Beaubourg modern art centre in Paris and part of the Potsdamer Platz area in Berlin), it comprises a convention centre, hotels and luxury apartments just between the Rhône and Parc de la Tête d'Or.


Place Sathonay

A charming neighbourhood square planted with old plane trees. Just sit at a terrace, watch the locals playing pétanque and enjoy the mood.


Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg

Built in 1999 by Architecture Studio. The parliament tends to meet in Brussels more and the arrangement with the parliament moving shop between Brussels and Strasbourg several times a year has been criticized as wasteful of money by EU skeptics and penny-pinchers.


Rue du Bœuf

Parallel to Rue St Jean, this street is much more quiet and just as beautiful. It also has a number of restaurants, more expensive than in rue St Jean but, on average, much more worth the money.


Château d'Annecy

castle in Annecy, France


Porte de France

city gate in Nîmes, France


Place des Jacobins

The state of this square is typical of the "automobile-friendly" urban planning of the 1960s: it is covered with tarmac, too much so given the reasonable traffic around it. A renovation project is under way, which should give the square a greener aspect. The main interest is the central fountain (1885) by architect Gaspard André and sculptor Degeorges. The four statues portray Lyon-born artists: painter Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864), engraver Gérard Audran (1640-1703), sculptor Guillaume Coustou (1677-1746) and architect Philibert Delorme (1510-1570).


Old Port of Marseille

Watching fishermen selling their stock by auction is a must. Arriving into Marseille in the Vieux-Port on a summer evening is something you will never forget. You can watch this show by going to Frioul islands or Chateau d'If and going back late in the afternoon. there is also a nice view on the harbour from the Palais du Pharo (Pharo Palace). The famous Canebière avenue goes straight down the harbour. However the Canebière is not that interesting despite its reputation.


Moselle Valley

geographical region in Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg



narrow, steep-walled inlet on the Mediterranean coast


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Italy (Italian: Italia), officially the Italian Republic (Repubblica italiana), is a country in Southern Europe, occupying the Italian Peninsula and the Po Valley south of the Alps. Once the core of the mighty Roman Empire, and the cradle of the Renaissance, it is also home to the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, including high art and monuments.



The Principality of Monaco (French: Principauté de Monaco) is a city-state which lies between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the east and west, with the Italian Riviera only a few kilometres further to the east.



Brazil (Portuguese: Brasil) is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. Brazil is an incredibly diverse country, in people, culture, and landscapes—from the famous summer carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Olinda, and Recife to the wild power of nature in the Amazon and Iguaçu Falls. You'll find bustling cities, laid-back beaches, and traditional lifestyles, often right next to each other. Brazilian culture, which varies substantially across the country, comes from an international mix of European colonizers, African and Asian communities (notably in Salvador and São Paulo, respectively), and indigenous influence throughout the country.



Suriname (pronounced "surinam") is a small republic on the northeast coast of South America. It prides itself on its thoroughly multi-ethnic culture, a colourful blend of indigenous Indian traditions and those of its former Dutch colonisers and the African, Javanese and Hindustan workers they once brought with them. It's a country with a fabulous and largely untouched Amazon inland, slowly discovering its chances as an ecotourism destination. International visitors are steadily following Dutch travellers who have long been drawn to this friendly, tropical country to explore its spectacular nature, captivating cultural heritage and meet its ever smiling people.


United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the United Kingdom or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising most of the British Isles. It is a political union of four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, each of which has something unique and exciting to offer the traveller while remaining undeniably British.



Venezuela is a country in South America. Having a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south, and is situated on the major sea and air routes linking North and South America. Off the Venezuelan coast are the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago.

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