Separated from Provence and the rest of France by a mountain range, the city’s Greek, Roman and north African history is still close to the surface.
In Sète, the famous lanced competition takes place on a wooden boat, with a platform that extends 3m above the water and a 2.8m lance as a weapon.
The continent’s rich history of scientific discovery and wondrous natural sights are sure to inspire all kinds of brainiacs, from physics buffs to fossil hunters.
The left bank is the centre of Paris's bohemian culture, art scene, and chic shops.
In 1375, villagers of the Franco-Spanish borderlands along the Pyrenees mountains settled their differences with a treaty and magnanimous feast. That pact is still celebrated today
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