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Visiting Paris - Visit Sites Connoisseurs Do

By George Josserme

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Once you decide to walk away from all that Paris encompasses, there are sites that enrich and edify.

They do to the mind
and to the sole of those
who are more refined.

"France is the most civilised country in the world, but the French do not care who knows it."

-- John Gunther

American writer
and journalist.
1901 - 1970

WHEN THEY VISIT PARIS, connoisseur visitors know where to get started: Ile de Saint Louis. It is part of visiting Paris to break away from what the City of Love encompasses, and connoisseur visitors know where to go. Bring up your chair, and discover where their places of predilection are at.

» Chamonix is the jewel of the French Alps. She is gracefully located in a valley next to the imposing and majestic Mont Blanc, and settled at the highest altitude in France. Her beauty and imposing surroundings makes Chamonix highly valued by mountain fans and prized by snow enthusiasts from across the world who populate her 14 ski resorts. They eagerly want to do cross-country and ski-touring, snowboarding, ice climbing, and paragliding; but Chamonix is not about snow and ice only.

In summer time, you may ride a bicycle and experience scenes that stimulate and renew your relationship with Mother Nature and stunning views that keep breathless people with sensibility. You may also wish to experience exhilaration doing white water sports. No matter which of those experiences you are willing to pursue, they will remain engraved in your heart and memory forever.

» Champagne is approximately 100 miles east of Paris. It is a region known for its sparkling white wine where the "brothers! come quickly! i am drinking stars!" originated at when Monk Don Perignon drunk the wine with bubbles he just discovered. Champagne and other wine-regions produce an estimated 320 million bottles of wine and champagne the majority of which are sold throughout the world.

» Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur stretches from the French Alps to the Mediterranean Sea. She has 310 to 330 days of sunshine which makes the French Coast the warmest part in France. Provence is where one of French cuisines originates, and where some exquisite wines from valleys Côtes de Provence and Côtes du Rhône in the same region go so well with that food.

In addition, Côte d'Azur is home to Perfume Country; and the city of Grasse is at the heart of it all. She is strategically located with short distances to Cannes, Nice, and Antibes. There are reasons to celebrate beauty in 70 miles of scenic views of towns and beaches.

Everything one can do, see, visit, and savor can be found in Côte d'Azur. Your eyes are filled, your body rejuvenates and revitalizes, and your soul is lifted as you engulf yourself in the same palette of colors and sweet smells that fascinated visitors like Napoleon, Brigitte Bardot, Pablo Picasso, Catherine de Medicis, and Elton John. Even Queen Victoria spent entire summers in Perfume Country.

Once you decide to walk away from all that Paris encompasses, there are sites that enrich and edify the mind and sole of those who are more refined. You now know where celebrities in the past have come to pamper themselves in and today's connoisseurs travelers remain coming back again and again.

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