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 […]

Chamalieres, France

Chamalières is a town in the district of Puy-de-Dôme, in Auvergne, France. The town covers just 4 sq km (1.5 sq mi) and has a population of 18,300 people (2012 estimate). Human habitation in Chamalières goes back to the 1st century AD, based on discovery of Gallo-Roman artifacts from that period. How to go to […]

Paris, France

Paris is the capital and largest city in France. It is a bustling metropolis on the River Seine. The city itself has a population of 2.2 million, while the metropolitan area, called Paris aire urbaine, having a population of 11.8 million. The River Seine slides Paris into two halves, north and south. They are known […]