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France and romance go together like a good meal and good wine. France is renowned for its gastronomy, history, culture and fashion. The country boasts numerous well-known tourist attractions including Côte d'Azur (the French Riviera), the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the Alps, the Castles of Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy (Mont Saint Michel), the small villages in wine country and of course the romantic city of Paris. Honeymooners have seemingly endless options in France.

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France is a cultural center led by its art, food, wine and timeless style. Newlyweds could spend their entire trip in a city like Paris with its museums and attractions, but France offers many opportunities. Your experience can range from sipping coffee in an open-air cafe to sipping wine on a river barge. For hopeless Americans, you can even visit Disneyland and order a beer with your Big Mac. Because France is centrally located in Europe, it makes surrounding countries very easy to access.
Geography/Environment
France is about the size of California. The English Channel lies to the north-west and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Spain is across the Pyrenees to the south. The Mediterranean Seas to the south-east and Switzerland and Italy are over the Alps to the east. France's north-eastern border is shared with Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. The French Alps include Mont Blanc, named after the pen, which at 4800m (15,750ft) is Europe's highest peak. The Mediterranean beaches tend to be pebbly and rocky, but there is some sand.
Activities
France has a lot to offer with its geography and climate; this gives you a lot of outdoor options. Hiking, mountain biking and cycling are popular activities in France which is famous for the road race, the Tour de France. Skiing is also popular with some of Europe's best and most expensive resorts in the Alps, with cheaper options in the Pyrenees. Other activities include enjoying the water in the Atlantic coast, the Channel coast of Normandy, the Mediterranean, as well as in Lake Geneva. The list just keeps on going with rock climbing, horseback riding, surfing, rafting, and hang-gliding. If you'd rather just sit around, you can impress your hosts by learning the French language or your spouse by learning the French cuisine.
Climate and Weather
France is best in spring. Remember the movie, "April in Paris." Actually, the weather isn't bad throughout the year with a temperate climate, including mild winters. Paris' average annual temperature is 52ºF (12ºC), but it can drop below zero in January and can climb to 95ºF (35ºC) in August. The southern coastal plains are subject to a pleasant Mediterranean climate: spring and autumn downpours are sudden but brief and summer is virtually without rain.

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France Reviews
France
by Cynthia Amin last updated on 10/05/2010
If you opt to fly over "the pond," London is the traditional starting-off point, so do make the most of it! We recommend Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the Tate Museum or Westminster Abbey, followed by a hearty pub lunch in the Theatre District...
The Eiffel Tower Kiss
by Dana Thompsen last updated on 04/22/2010
If you have ever considered what might be one of the most romantic moments, chances are you've thought about sharing a kiss atop the Eiffel Tower. I know I have! That special moment happened for me about 5 years ago, and it's one that I will...
Paris, The City of Lights
by Joanne Gardner last updated on 10/21/2008
Think romance, think Paris. If you are considering a European honeymoon, Paris usually hits the top of the list. Paris has it all - food, the Eiffel Tower, boat rides on the Seine, food, the Mona Lisa and the rest of the Louvre, Champs Elysees, food...