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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.
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).
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).
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.
municipality in West Flanders, Belgium
commune in Nord, France
French World Heritage Site
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.
municipality in the province of Antwerp, Belgium
capital and largest city of the United Kingdom
region in Limburg, the Netherlands
city in Switzerland and capital of its canton
contemporary art museum in Paris, France
island in the river Seine, Paris, France
French Holocaust museum
chapel located in Paris, in France
mausoleum in Paris
urban park in Paris, France
Museum of the decorative arts and design located in the Louvre's northwest wing
hill in the north of Paris, France
art gallery in Paris, France
complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France
tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France
Triumphal arch in Paris
French Open Tennis Championships
dedicated business district outside of Paris
palace in Versailles, France and location of the Museum of the History of France
Prefecture and commune in Hauts-de-France, France
Region of France
commune in Eure-et-Loir, France
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