Aurillac, France

Aurillac is a town in the region of Auvergne in south-central France. The town is on the river Jordanne. It covers 29 sq km (11 sq mi) and has a population of 29,000 people (2012 estimate). How to go to Aurillac The nearest major city to Aurillac is Clermont-Ferrand. From there, take the A75 (E11) expressway heading […]


Île-de-France is the region of France encompassing the metropolitan area of Paris. The name literally means the “isle of France”. It is the wealthiest, most densely populated of the 26 administrative regions of the country. Île-de-France covers 12,012 sq km (4,637 sq mi) and has a population of 11.7 million people (2011 estimate). As such, […]

Lourdes, France

Lourdes (map) is a small market town that has become a famous Catholic pilgrimage site. It is located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department, in the Midi-Pyrénées region, in southwestern France, near the border with Spain. More on Lourdes Lourdes owes its celebrity to the visions of the Virgin Mary that came to a 14-year-old girl, Bernadette […]

Alsace, France

The city of Strasbourg is the regional capital of Alsace. It is the political, economic and cultural capital of Alsace, as well as being its biggest city. It is also the seat of many important organizations and bodies. Alsace is divided into two departments, Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. These are further subdivided into 13 departmental arrondissements […]

Riom, France

Riom is a town in the district of Puy-de-Dôme, in Auvergne, France. It covers 32 sq km (12 sq mi) and has a population of 19,000 people (2012 estimate). The history of Rion goes back to the time of Gaul. During Roman occupation, it was known as Ricomagus. The Church of Saint Amabilis is said to have been […]