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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.
It is filled with many natural water formations. From canals, to lagoons, to reed beds, it is all there. So, the best way to get the experience of traveling through the Briere Regional Natural
Park is on a flat bottomed boat tour. If you are a bird watching enthusiast this boat tour would truly satisfy you. The Briere Regional Park is home to over fifty different bird species. It is actually considered “A mecca for tourists who come to observe its birdlife and explore its canals and islands by boat”(Au Soir D’ete).
If bird watching in a wetland is not your cup of tea, then you should try hiking through the
Cevennes. 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 entertaining activities.
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.

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