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Burgundy: More Than Just Wine

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For centuries, Burgundy has been known as one of France’s most enticing wine regions. With a distinctively deep flavour, its red and white wines are enjoyed globally. And many visitors come to Burgundy just because of the wine. But wine is not the only thing that you can find in this fertile soil of eastern France. This region also offers a wide variety of cultural experiences, ranging from history, architecture to culinary art.

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Nantes: Encounter with a Unique Elephant

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Riding an elephant, the biggest mammal on land is perhaps the dream of every child. I was no different. As a kid, I used to like elephants and would love to ride one. But the cruel fact that elephants are abused in order to satisfy tourist’s demands really shrugged me off. Fortunately, I found a better alternative in Nantes.

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On the Beautiful Wine Route of Alsace

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With soothingly green vineyards extending as far as the eye can see, the Route des Vins d’Alsace or Alsace Wine Route is definitely one of the most picturesque drives in France. Established in 1953, this tourist route stretches over 170 kilometres from north to south, passing through some of Alsace’s most beautiful wine-growing villages.

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Strasbourg: The Crossroad of Two Cultures

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Walking a fine tightrope between France and Germany, Strasbourg is undoubtedly a cultural one-off. The capital of Alsace region looks like something out of a fairy tale, with half-timbered houses à la Grimms covered in flowers and Parisian-style mansions set in cobbled squares. Here and there, you can hear Germanic dialect in a delicatessen specialised in foie gras, and beer lovers sitting together with wine connoisseurs.

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First Arrondissement: The Heart of Paris

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Among the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, the First Arrondissement has long been the heart of Paris. When Charles V moved his court here from Île de la Cité back in 1365, the area became France’s centre of power; a place where kings and emperors adorned with opulent palaces and spectacular monuments.

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Brussels: Mélange of Architectural Style

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Home to the European Parliament, the headquarters of NATO and various international organisations, Brussels has been long known as the de facto capital of Europe. However, Belgium’s capital is more than a mere political centre. It is a city of artistic taste and architectural treasures.

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Lyon: The Unique City on the Rhône

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Since visiting Lyon, the phrase “Only in Lyon” has imprinted in my head. Lyon is indeed one of its kind and there are several things that you can only do in this wonderful city. From strolling the Vieux Lyon, visiting the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fouvière to dining at a Bouchon, each activity is an extraordinary experience.

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Dive into the World of Champagne

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Perhaps everyone knows about champagne: the barely audible fizz, the tiny sparkling bubbles, the clink of glasses and the bliss when a bottle is opened. But have you ever wondered, where does the name of this drink come from? Rolling on the chalk plains and hills of northeastern France, the Champagne region has proudly given its name to the world’s most renowned sparkling wine.

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Bayeux: A Stopover in the Town of Miracles

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On the way from Paris to Mount Saint Michael, I made a stopover at Bayeux. It’s a small town in Calvados, just 10 kilometres from the Channel coast. As the witness of two cross-Channel invasions (the Norman Conquest of England and the Operation Overlord), almost 900 years apart, Bayeux certainly plays a decisive role in Western history. But the historical value was not the only reason that drew us to this town…

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