Not everything is a cliché in this popular travel destination.
France is a nation of many wonders – but some of them will leave you wondering whether the Gallic way of life is what you thought it was.
As you pedal close to picture-perfect coasts, climb to reach ancient stone villages and work up an appetite for figs, olives and grapes, the glitz of Europe's Rivieras take on a new, simpler beauty.
"Chalk cathedrals" spread like a subterranean metropolis beneath France's Champagne region.
From an eagle's eye perspective it looks a bit like a James Bond villain's lair masquerading as a top-secret science lab.
There is an art to ordering wine in France as Chef Gabriel Gate explains.
A marvel of 17th-century construction now provides a delightful watery path for cyclists to follow.
A portal into absolute charm, France is an ultimate European experience for lovers of food, wine, culture and sophistication. Take a step back and enjoy the warm hospitality of the south; experience the world's beautiful wine country in Bordeaux; get the Mediterranean vibe flowing in Marseille; swim on pebbled beaches in Nice; and enter the "gateway to the European Cascades" in Chamonix.