This map of France shows the country's neighbors, surrounding bodies of water and major cities. The country 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 parts are surrounded by the English Channel.

Most first time visitors fly to Paris, a great starting point for exploring the country 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. 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.