With so many beautiful, historical and interesting places to visit in France, it can be quite challenging to figure out what to see first! But here are just a few regions in France where you can begin your journey of this breathtaking country.
The Dordogne Region
This stunning region in France is known for the variety of village towns and castles which dot along the entire area. In the northern part of the Dordogne region, the Dordogne River beautifully accents the many towns and villages. For those looking for picturesque backgrounds to use as backdrops for your photographs, try taking a peak at the lovely town of Brantome. The Abbey in Brantome is a must see; it dates back to the 8th century. The antique staircase and the monk's dormitory still can all be seen today, as well as some older parts of the Abbey, such as the bell tower, which dates back to the 11th century. But for those that wish to peruse around the market place while in the northern part of the Dordogne region, be sure to make a stop at the towns of Excideuil and Riberac to taste the finest produce and specialities of what the region has to offer. But for those foodies out there, be sure to sample the finest foie gras in the region at Thiviers. While in Thiviers, be sure to visit the nearby church, which dates back to the 12th century, as it is here where some remnants of the medieval times can be seen.
It is in the southern region of Dordogne where many medieval and prehistoric ruins can still be seen today. The village of Les Eyzies is located in the centre of the region and is home to the National Prehistory Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of prehistoric remains and artefacts. Throughout the village are many spectacular caves, such as the cave at Font de Gaume. It is here where visitors can see some of the oldest cave paintings in the world!
For those looking for that unbelievable scenic view of the Dordogne region, be sure to head to the hilltop towns of Domme. Head to the top of Domme to capture amazing photos of the Dordogne River and its beautiful and bountiful countryside. While in Domme, be sure to visit the Domme Caves, where you can view illuminated rock formations.
As you can see, just in the Dordogne region of France, there is a lovely combination of beauty, sophistication and history all waiting to be discovered by visitors.
Amanda Cooper is a contributing writer for Wedding Favours Kingdom, which carries a large selection of wedding accessories, party favours and personalised wedding favours. Amanda is a writer for other wedding and travel-related websites. When Amanda is not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time cooking gourmet meals in her kitchen.