France has many beautiful cities scattered all over place, making for a beautiful scenery not to be missed while traveling. Every small town has its own characteristics. If you have been there, please follow me slowly; if you are going to France, do not forget to slow down and feel their unique charm; if you haven't been, please follow me Let me enjoy it together!
City of Giverny Garden
From Paris to Giverny, you can rent a car to drive yourself, or take a bus to garden town of Giverny, which is relatively convenient and fast.
If you decide to rent a car and drive yourself, you can take A13 to Rouan from the center of Paris to Vernon. The distance is about 75 kilometers.
You can also take SNCF train, take express train from Paris-Saint-Lazare (French: Gare de Paris-Saint-Lazare) in 8th arrondissement in northwest of Paris to Rouan or Le Havre. , to Wei Get Off in Vernon, whole trip takes about 40-80 minutes, and there are about 10 cars going back and forth every day. From Vernon, take connecting bus number 240 to Giverny, journey takes about 10-15 minutes.
Colmar - Venice of Western Europe
The small city of Colmar is located in northeastern part of France, not far from Germany. The Rhine River surrounds small town, which is why it is known as "Venice of Western Europe". The hidden location and beautiful scenery make Colmar known as a picturesque city. At crossroads of France and Germany, small town of Colmar combines slowness of Latin nation and industriousness of German nation.
Most of houses in Colmar have inherited architectural features of south-central Germany. The walls are covered with horizontal, vertical and inclined wooden planks, which are beautiful and exquisite, like a cottage in a fairy tale. And filling space in form of a puzzle with different colors can be romance of French with a rich imagination. For this, Colmar was awarded "Society of Street Art" award.
Riquewihr is a small town 15 kilometers from Colmar, although not as famous as Colmar, it is not inferior to Colmar in terms of picturesque landscapes. The cobbled streets and colorful wooden houses of this village have remained intact since 16th century, and it is called most beautiful town on white wine route in Alsace.
Annecy is a French border town near Switzerland. He leans against Alps and rests his head on Lake Annecy. The city is surrounded by green water, flowers, colorful leaves, snowy mountains and green grass. The city is peaceful, and even time seems to flow quietly, afraid to disturb this tranquility. Ile Palace, Annecy Castle and bridge of love in city were baptized and integrated into urban scene after many years of baptism. Whether you decide to take a boat ride on lake or on lake and mountains, you will be able to appreciate beauty of city from different angles. Rousseau, a French thinker, once described having spent most wonderful time of his life here. Annecy is also one of candidate cities to host 2018 Winter Olympics.
You can rent a car and drive to Annecy on your own or take train. Travel time is about 1 hour.
You can get there by car or by train. The most convenient way to get to Annecy is from Geneva. Annecy is only 40 kilometers from Geneva, about 45 minutes by car. You can also travel by train from Paris or Lyon, France.
Roussillon-City of Red Earth
Roussillon is a region at northern foot of Pyrenees in southwestern France, which is called city of red earth. It is one of villages chosen by French government as a "village of classical beauty". Its most notable feature is that there is a significant amount of "ocher" in nearby geological soil, composition of which is deposited. The ocher color has many variations such as yellow, orange, red, etc., so it creates a feature of geographical environment around Roussillon. Red exudes enthusiasm, which is clearly different from usual French small mountain towns, making people feel unique.
Gordes, a small town in south of France, is a small village built on top of a hill with flat fields below. Before entering village, I took a panoramic shot in distance, in front of village. It is said that this is one of romantic places of Provence for hero and heroine of new version of Qiong Yao's novel "Dream Again".
Gold gives people impression that stone buildings, walls, houses and churches are almost all made of stone. Its streets are all paved with stone slabs, and most of houses are almost completely preserved in 16th century and are still stronger than ever.
City of Fontaine Spring Water
Fontaine de Vaucluse, annual flow of water ranks fifth in world. Pure spring water slowly flows down from mountains, forming a small green river, along river live surrounding residents, forming a summer resort that looks like a paradise. This small town of just over 600 people is visited by tens of thousands of tourists every summer, it is a paradise for kayakers, and boats sway on green river with wind. This place is becoming most popular among the Chinese every year because there is a sea of lavender... This big piece of purple is a dream of many people.
City of Moustiers-Saint-Marie-Ceramic
Saint Mary Moustier Village is also known as Ceramic City. On tourist route to see lavender and Lake of Holy Cross. Built on a limestone slope, Ceramic City is famous for its trade in pottery, especially faience (glazed pottery), and in a sense, it can be called the French Jingdezhen.
Eze is a city on a rock by sea
Eze is built on a mountain over 400 meters high on French Riviera, between Nice and Monaco, it is a medieval city hidden in mountains. The hilltop botanical garden (Jardin d'Eze) is a beautiful place overlooking Mediterranean Sea. The city is filled with medieval European style, and all roads slowly rise up in a spiral. The houses are built of stone on both sides, overlooking sea. Each stone house in city is carefully decorated by owner, dotted with flowers and green grass.
Method of travel: 15 minutes by train in Nice, get off at old station and then take a taxi to city centre. Or take bus line 112 in Nice, it takes about 20 minutes to reach the foot of Mount Eze.
The perfume city of Grasse
Grace is center of French perfume industry and is known as "Perfume Capital of World". There are at least 40 perfume factories in city, among which Fragonard, Molinard and Galimard are most famous. Every May, next to Perfume Museum, International Rose Fair takes place. If everyone has a dream place in their heart, then for those who love perfume and collect perfume bottles, Paris is just a place of clothes and beauty, while Grasse is a dream place of women.
Method of transportation: every day you can take several trains from Nice and Cannes to perfume city of Grasse, and trip will take about 1 hour.
Get off Grasse platform, turn right and walk uphill for 20 minutes to see world famous Fragonard Perfume Museum. The museum is free to visit and when you enter museum, a floral scent of excitement but anticipation spreads.
Today is weekend, and editor will share with you these small characteristic towns over France. Although they are not as famous as towering Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, these beautiful towns still have them. have a taste! I don't know if my friends who were in France were in those small towns mentioned above? Then leave a message to editor!