So vividly brought to life on the canvasses of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh and a thousand more, France's perpetual beauty sings out at every turn. But it's not just the world class galleries of the Musée d'Orsay or the Louvre where the country's artistic genius may be appreciated. With a gastronomy recognised by UNESCO as a cultural treasure, French haute cuisine is to be lingered over at such culinary 'galleries' as Pierre Gagnaire and Le Jules Verne whilst its fashion houses represent the most cutting edge of French creativity and style.
It is perhaps the capital that stands out as France's most iconic jewel. If Paris were a woman, she would be chic and elegant, attired in Chanel, Yves St Laurent or Dior. She'd be fun and flirty, at the same time cool and aloof. Other cities would envy her and aspire to her beauty and style. She'd be your first love, she'd steal your heart and you'd return to her time after time.