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.
It's a once in a lifetime experience - but just don't expect to enjoy it.
One of France's most historic hotels has undergone a $48 million refurbishment.
The all-important harvest is nigh at at Chateau Laplagnotte-Bellevue in Bordeaux.
Keep it quiet, don't eat on the street and smile but stand your ground.
One is classically pretty, the other a World Heritage-listed example of post-war concrete-chic.
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.