7 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Explore in France

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Montpellier is the 8th largest city in France, but is not as often frequented by international tourists as places like Paris and Nice. Although Montpellier is a larger city, it retains many of the charming elements of much smaller Medieval towns, including beautiful town squares, ancient architecture, and wooded hills and trails surrounding the city. Some sights that are a must when visiting Montpellier include the 14th century St Pierre Cathedral, and the oldest botanical garden in France, founded in 1593.

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Franche-Comté is a province in Eastern France that is famous for its architecturally fascinating Medieval cities, like Besançon and Montbéliard, as well as its delicious cheese, that has been made using the same methods for centuries. There are many types of cheese from this region that travel all over the world to satisfy cheese lovers; famous varieties include funky Bleu de Gex, and sweet and creamy Comté. Traditional methods ensure that only cattle grazing in this region can be used to make these types of cheeses, keeping the quality high.

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Le Puy-en-Velay

Located in South-Central France, right near the Loire River, Le Puy-en-Velay is a scenic town that is famous for its Medieval architecture and terracotta-red roofs that are visible from the overlook over the city. The famous statue Notre-Dame de France (made from 23 Russian cannons that were captured during the Siege of Sevastopol) sits on the hill above the town center. Le Puy-en-Velay is also famous for its Le Puy lentils, which are prized for their unique flavor, and used in many traditional goose and sausage dishes.



Most Interesting Small Towns to Visit in the United States

If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

Most Interesting International Fast Food Chains We Wish Would Come to the USA

To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.

Travel Destinations to Consider in 2019

Whether you’re looking to escape the cold winter weather or boiling summer heat or experience a different culture, there are endless potential travel destinations for you to choose from. But making the right decision may be challenging. Here are some of the top destinations throughout the world that you may want to consider visiting during 2019.