Good morning guys! Today I’m changing it up a little, and posting something that I haven’t in a while, a guest post! When Marie got in contact with me asking if she could write for the blog, I was super excited to have her on board!
If you’ve been following Mile in My Glasses for a while, you’ll know that I used to have quite a focus on travel writing – and I revolved around travel tips and ideas (before falling in love with writing about outfits and other facets of my life, too!). This post is a bit of a throwback to those days, so I’m super excited to share this.
Beautiful Medieval Towns You Should Visit in France
When it comes to an unforgettable holiday in Europe, France is definitely one of the best locations to visit. The country’s rich history and culture together with incredible architecture will make you fall in love with France. Forget about Paris for a while and take the time to explore the country’s gorgeous medieval towns. That way, you’ll get to know what makes the beautiful heart of France tick.
The Burgundy Region
The Burgundy Region in France won’t leave you disappointed. Breathtaking green hills and medieval villages of this area are some of the most gorgeous sights in Europe. Dijon is the capital of this area and a definite must-see. Its amazing architecture shows traces of Renaissance, the Middle Ages as well as the Gallo-Roman and Celtic eras. What’s more, if you want to taste the iconic French wines, this is the place to be since its vineyards are also UNESCO World Heritage sites. That being said, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Beaune and Clos de Vougeot as well.
Clos de Vougeot, Source
The Champagne Region
The vineyards of the Champagne Region are also listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites. As the name suggests, this is the place where you’ll be able to taste the finest champagne. Apart from this bubbly white wine, you’ll also get to enjoy the warm welcome of the locals as well as the homey nature of the Champagne villages. However, even if the villages are as dreamy as they could be, true adventure awaits at Reims and the town of Château-Thierry.
The Loire Valley
Want to experience some glamour and stylishness of the old France? Then, by all means, don’t skip the Loire Valley on your journey. There are no words that can describe the experience you can expect in this part of France. Every town of Loire Valley will take you to an exceptional medieval journey. Glorious fortresses, picturesque towers and cupolas, magnificent chateaux and fruitful villages and vineyards will make your stay truly special and unique. Therefore, take the time to visit Tours and Orleans, as well as Ambiose, Chinon and Loches. Apart from the amazing wines, you should definitely try some of the Loire Valley cheese.
If you wish to experience the Mediterranean climate in France, include Provence in your itinerary. This is one of the both locals’ and tourists’ favorite holiday spots as well. Provence covers a big area from the Mediterranean Sea to the French Alps, French Riviera included. Beautiful beaches, as well as colorful countryside and green hills, make this a perfect place to relax and enjoy life to the fullest. You can explore the ancient Roman aqueduct, the city of Avignon, Gordes, Uzès, Lourmarin, Roussillon, and many other places as you enjoy the local cuisine.
The Canal du Midi
If you want to spice up your visit to France, you shouldn’t miss the Canal du Midi. You can tour the Canal du Midi as a part of your France barging with Rosa cruise since this is one of the oldest European canals that’s actually still fully functional. As you’re cruising the canal, you’ll get a chance to see beautiful trees, gorgeous bridges as well as towpaths. However, this tour is truly exceptional thanks to the excursions. Carcassonne, Narbonne, Lagrasse and the hilltop town of Minerve are waiting for you on this trip.
Become a part of your own fairy tale by visiting Alsace. Due to the vicinity of Germany and Switzerland, this area boasts the mix of German and French architecture, culture and even cuisine. This makes Alsace that more special and unique. The villages and towns look as if a picture book has come to life. Just take a stroll through Strasbourg, Colmar, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé, Eguisheim, Dambach-la-Ville and many others to start believing in magic. Together with cathedrals and castles, as well as an idyllic countryside, Alsace will definitely be a sight to remember.
Make sure that your camera is ready for your journey to France so that you can capture the beauties of this country as you delve into the medieval side of the country’s charm. Who knows – the pictures may inspire you to go on another trip later on.