France in the south of Europe is the most visited tourist destination worldwide. Paris, the Côte d'Azur, the Atlantic coast, the French Alps, the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy and Provence are just a hand of familiar places.
The country is also known for its cuisine (including wine and cheese), history, culture, architecture, fashion and design.
France also has a strong geographical diversity. The north and west of the country consist mainly of lowland, while the south and east largely consist of highland and mountains.
The high plateaus and mountains have geologically "old" and "new" history. In the northeast are the Ardennes and the Vosges, in the west the Armorican Massif and in the south the Massif Central, the "older" mountains. The Jura and the Alps in the east, and the Pyrenees in the south, are "young" mountains which also form a natural border with the neighbouring countries.
Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.