Romantic France - European Tour of France

Twenty years ago, France and the European Union began to unify the euro. Here are his notes on a trip to France 20 years ago:

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La Boule is not far from Nantes, a small town on the Atlantic ocean. Almost all tourists come here for the Atlantic ocean. Whether it is swimming, surfing, boating, or children playing on the beach, basking in the sun, all want to enjoy the natural environment brought by the ocean. This is my first time to see the Atlantic Ocean, walking along the long coastline, slowly appreciate the Atlantic ocean colorful, land, sea and sky together painting scroll. Seaside resort buildings are also different in style, antique, luxury and luxury, but also ordinary people. I saw the Atlantic ocean for the first time, I saw France for the first time.


As the third largest city in France, its prosperity can be seen in the urban landscape. The Rhone and the Saone rivers pass through the city, and there are many Bridges on both rivers, some for pedestrians. Lyon has four subway lines and two tram lines, and, like Paris, you can reach almost any one of the nine arrondissements. The old town has medieval imprints, and the cathedral on top of the hill offers panoramic views of Lyon's little Basin. The amphitheater, a Roman ruins of nearly two thousand years, dwarfs modern people in the course of history. Lyon is the home of French silk and the birthplace of the world cinema. The film inventor Lumiere brothers were born and grew up here. Because it is the French who invented the film, the French film has its own characteristics, which is very different from the Hollywood galloping around the world today. The people of Lyons are more elegantly dressed than those of Nantes. Lyon is in a hilly region, and luxurious villas are often seen on the top of the hills. Lyon is something lyonians are proud of.

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Brest is in the northwestern region of France and also in the northwestern region of Bretagne. It is characterized by rain, and seagulls hover over the city. The city was small, with one main street running through it, close to the Atlantic Ocean. Just down the main street, you can see the grand castle, which has been an important military stronghold for hundreds of years. The landscape of Brest is very beautiful, with hills, meadows, cattle and sheep, streams, rivers, small villages, hill after hill, somewhat similar to Scotland. It made me think about Breton's historical connection with the Scots. The Breton people of France are originally related to the Cornish, Welsh, Scottish and Irish people of Britain. It is worth noting that the train I took back to Nantes had only one carriage.

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The first time I came to the south of France, I felt the warmth of the southern sun. Palm trees are common in the south of France, and plane trees are common in the north. There is also a triumphal arch in Montpellier, but it is much smaller than the one in Paris, but when I went there it was being repaired and the whole thing was mummified. There is a statue of Louis XIV on the Place Peroux opposite the Arc de Triomphe. I once saw a picture of this statue a hundred years ago. The theater Square is the center of the city, and I have seen the same picture from a hundred years ago, except for the addition of the tram line, there seems to be no more difference. Montpellier's old town is more intact than Lyon's, and a trip through it offers a medieval feel. Some of the old houses still have medieval hooks on the walls, which are said to have been used to tie wagons and the like. Take the city's only tram line and then switch buses to the Mediterranean coast. Thin sand, blue water, there must be a lot of people here in summer.

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Tourquain is a small town in the industrial north of France, close to Belgium, half an hour's ride by metro or tram from Lille. Several of the churches in the town were relatively new, a first for me in France. In clemenceau Park, people are walking and chatting, or sitting on benches for a while. There were children frolicking in the shade in the distance. It's a small town and a small living circle.


Lille is the center of the industrial north, the fourth largest city in France, but it actually includes many satellite towns around it. Lille is only an hour by train from Paris and is on the way from France to Belgium. There are many trains from Lille to Brussels and other parts of Belgium. As a transport hub, lille has two railway stations. Two subway and two streetcar lines connect it to the surrounding towns. Lille's downtown is marked by several pedestrian streets. The old town is a concentration of the architectural styles of the Frandell region. What is surprising is the regularity of the streets, and even more surprising is the non-repetition of the decorative features of the doors and Windows of each house. The Lille Zoo is free and you can see rare animals that are rarely seen in the country. Lille's ancient fortress is still a military base and is open to visitors only on weekends. Boulevards are many and broad, which seems to imply that visitors from all directions can come and go freely.

The arc DE triomphe


Roubaix is another town in the north, wider than Tours. Roubaix is slightly wider than Tours in terms of overall feel. On the grand Square, St. Martin's stands opposite the town hall, or rather the town government. You may find something of your own interest in the museum of Arts and Crafts, which has been converted into a swimming pool. A walk along the Roubaix canal was relaxing, but the views on both sides of the canal were much worse than I expected. Here, in a small town in northern France, I was surprised to find a large percentage of Arabs. There are so many Arabs in France that I didn't know before I came to France.

Clement Ferrand

Clermont Ferrand is a combination of two centers, Clermont and Montferrand. There are no French high-speed trains connecting Paris. The Gothic cathedral is in the heart of Claremont. Strolling through the city, it's not your typical Old French town. However, there is a street green space, or a grand sculpture, in the leisure time here is a very good choice for walking. Clermont-ferrand has no subway or tram, as is common in France. It is located on the central plateau, so no matter where you are in the city, you can see the mountains not far away. Compared with the picturesque mountains I had just seen in Switzerland, this place seemed unremarkable.

Betty nerd

Bettina is a small town near Lille, but it is not in the Northern province, it is in the Pas-de-Calais province. It is very close to other surrounding cities and towns. Bettina is so small that the clock tower in its central square is almost the only attraction in town, and the ground floor is home to the Bettina Tourist Office. It's small, but Paris does have a high-speed train that connects it directly. At the main entrance is a bust of the late French President Francois Mitterrand.


In Paris,

Anyone with a little education knows the most famous sights in Paris. There are too many people described in Paris, there are so many guidelines about Paris, Paris has reason to have too much pride, the French absolute center, one of the most important cities in Europe and even the world, Paris huge historical and cultural heritage, the subway in Paris, tolerant and open in Paris, Paris coffee, represented by the French spirit beauty in Paris, Paris... There is no doubt that Paris must have the largest number of tourists in the world every year. When Chinese people talk about France, the first word that pops up is romance. Why is that? Because not only Chinese people, but also many people in the world admire the French lifestyle -- Dolce Vita, Italian word, which can be understood as comfortable, warm, sweet and interesting life. Because the French know how to live, and too many of them are still forced to struggle to make ends meet. What is romance in Paris and France? It is the pursuit of great love, the maintenance of family affection, the enjoyment of the joy of work, the memory of a happy vacation, the optimism of life, and the beautiful vision of the future... There is a sense of pride in being in Paris, a sense of pride in what Paris is all about. The Seine is very famous, but to me it is an ordinary river, famous because it runs through Paris. Paris is synonymous with French charm. If you want to taste and appreciate Paris slowly, I have only one suggestion: Vous montez sur Paris, go to Paris by yourself.


Nantes is the largest city in the great west of France. It was once the capital of Brittany, the birthplace of modern French civilization, and is now the capital of the Loire Atlantic region. To speak of Nantes, one has to speak of bretani. Brittany has such deep links with the United Kingdom that in French Britain could be called Greater Brittany. Every year, Breton holds a festival in which Breton people from all over the world, as well as other groups related to the Breton people, come to perform their traditional specialties: dancing and bagpipes. Dancing and bagpipes are not just for Scotland and Ireland. The Loire, the largest river in France, flows here to the sea. But Nantes is still 45 minutes by car from the Atlantic Ocean. This is the home of science fiction writer Jules Verne, who may have faced the Atlantic ocean before writing around the World in 80 Days and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Nantes has a pleasant climate, warm in winter and cool in summer, which makes it livable. The city is beautiful, with the Duke of Brittany castle in the heart of the city, the business district, the green area, and the promenade along the Ertel River, which makes people feel like they are living. Nantes' three tram lines are the longest of any city in France. Here, I felt the French people's civilization and etiquette for the first time; I was trying to understand another country and another city for the first time; I lived and studied in another country for the first time. Nantes to Paris typically takes two hours and ten minutes by high-speed train, a journey I have taken repeatedly in France.