3 November 2013
Breathe A Little Fresh French Air
From mouth watering food to unique fashions, France is a country with several new
experiences waiting to happen. It is such a gorgeous place filled with art, history and a vibrant
culture, but in discovering France’s past and daily life, a lot of its natural beauty is overlooked.
The physical land features of France are absolutely amazing. Most have the ability to steal your
breath away in a matter of seconds and are definitely worth hours, possibly days, of a trip one
may take to France.
One relaxing place you could explore is the Brière Regional Natural Park. It is the
second largest marshland in the country and is located in the Pays de la Loire region of France.
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The Cevennes is another one of France’s national parks located in the South of the
country. It is the only large wooded national park of France and is covered with more than one
thousand square kilometers of deciduous and coniferous forests. This park is extremely diverse
holding over twentyfour thousand different species of plants and animals for you to admire. The
Cevennes also have a network of ecomuseums to help you retrace the history of the mountain
and are known to give “an excellent introduction to discovering the vernacular hamlets, historical
monuments and trails of the area”(Parc national des Cévennes). There are also about three
hundred paths for walking, hiking, and horseback riding during the warmer part of the year, and
even skiing for the winter months. So, even if you stayed year round, you could not run out of
A natural site in France that has several physical outdoor activities to engage in is the
Verdon Gorge. It is a canyon that was formed through the process of the Verdon river eroding
the surrounding jurassic limestone away. The Verdon is a great site for hiking. There are
actually about ten hiking paths that extend over most of the canyon and could take anywhere
from two to eight hours to complete. One could also enjoy an adventurous white river rafting trip
down the Verdon river. This is a six to eight hour ride with no exits until the end of the river. But,
if the adventurous mood is not present river fishing is always another option. Although the
access to this area is a little difficult, it is an ideal place for trout flyfishing.
On a trip to France the natural sites should never be skipped over. They hold the peace,
beauty, and adventure of the country. Experiencing these places could never be replaced by the
manmade attractions on the normal tour routes.