This map of France shows the country's neighbors, surrounding bodies of water and major cities. France is surrounded by Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg and Belgium. The South of France, a famous resort destination for the rich and famous, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Northern France is surrounded by the English Channel.
Most first time visitors fly to Paris, a great starting point for exploring France and the rest of Europe. The airport is busy with flights from all over Europe, the U.S. and Asia. From Paris, you can take a high speed train to other parts of the country, including Nice and Cannes which are especially popular in the summer. Hotel Martinez Cannes offers luxury rooms and a European-style spa. There is an excellent restaurant at the hotel, or you can dine at many eateries nearby.
Paris is a destination in on itself and you can spend your whole vacation exploring this fascinating city, whether you decide to go on a tour of famous museums, gardens or palaces. The Eiffel Tower is a world-famous landmark which gives you a great view of the city. You can find a room with a view of the famous tower and enjoy its nightly display of colors.
Rent a car and explore the wine growing regions of France. Stay at a country estate such as Abbaye de la Bussiere which offers wine tasting tours and gourmet dining. It’s a good idea to combine a few days in Paris with a couple of relaxing days in the country or on the coast where you can relax in a calm setting. Other ideas include guided bike vacations through the wine country and romantic river cruises.