Voyager c’est decouvrie que tout le monde se trompe sur les autres pays – Aldous Huxley

( To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries – Aldous Huxley )

One cannot judge a book by its cover. A book has so much more in its pages, in its every line and in between the lines as well, which together make for a complete reading experience. So goes with a country. One cannot realize the true nature, the character of a country based on some flashy postcards, catchy fridge magnets or by visiting just a handful of tourist attractions. A lot lies in the hubbub of its towns and cities, in the quietude of villages and the countryside, in the gushing rivers that nourish it, in the macho mountains that stand tall with pride, in the green cover of the forests, in the skies that keep changing their mood, in historic remains that speak silently about ages gone by, in the aromas wafting through the alleys, in the museums & monuments that bask in the glory of past and last yet most important, in the people who call it their home!

I believe that it is this urge to savour the true flavours of France that millions of international tourists beeline making it the most favoured destination in the world.

But why France?

Whether you love art or adventure, outdoor or indoor, history or science & technology, mountains or seas, name it and you have it here to explore and enjoy.

France is a 365 days a year destination.


France had its fair share of glory and gloom right from the palaeolithic age. The caves at Lascaux which are about 18,000 to 20,000 years old stand the testimony of it. Traversing through the annals of history from that period till date, one can see the fine prints of the impressions, in chronological order, made by the Gauls (the Celtic Tribe), The Romans, the rise and fall of decentralized feudal kingdoms, dynastic conflicts, religious civil wars, inadequate but absolute monarchy of the classical age under Louis XIV, French revolution, reign of shrewd-ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, subsequent tryst to establish the complete democratic nation and finally the two world wars. All these experiences precipitated and distilled through the centuries, have culminated in the unique and fine French culture, traditions that we know of today.

Add to this, the bounty of nature! France wakes up to the susurration of the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea on four of its sides every day. The Alps, the Pyrenees, the Jura, The Massif Central, and the Corsica ranges hand France an iconic handsome look.  The Loir, Rhone, Dordogne, Seine, and Garonne burble the region to not just give the sonorous company but to flourish it as well.  About 27 national forests gift it a ‘sui generis’ fingerprint of biodiversity. Its geographical position graces it with cool winters and mild summers in the North and mild winters and hot summers in the South.

All these compelling factors combine to give you a delectable platter of destinations, that is “Ageless and Alive”, to suit the need of the hour and your appetite for exploration whether spring, summer, autumn or winter.

So what’s “L’Hexagone”? (the hexagon)

Check the shape of France on the face of the world map and you will know the answer!

Let’s begin our expedition, “Explore L’Hexagone”.

Vous etes pret?

(Are you ready?)

This post is the part of #blogchattera2z challenge 2022

Click here for posts so far in the “Exploring l’Hexagone” series


Namratha Varadharajan · March 31, 2022 at 9:04 pm

Helloooo Anagha! How have you been? You have such a unique theme going on this year. Do you live in France now? Would love to know more..

    Anagha Yatin · March 31, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Hello Namaratha. It’s so good to get in touch with you after a long while. Thanks for dropping by and showing interest in my theme for the challenge. I relocated to Lyon, France two years back.

Shalini · March 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm

Okay, I am going to have a ball reading your posts this April. I love traveling and France has been on my bucketlist since I was a child. So, yay you!

    Anagha Yatin · March 31, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks, Shalini for visiting me and showing interest in my theme. Look forward to showing you the France that is beyond the cliche. Happy A to Z to you too.

Meena · April 1, 2022 at 3:15 am

Loved it anagha! Looking forward to reading more about France. Fascinating country.

    Anagha Yatin · April 1, 2022 at 7:11 am

    I agree Meena. It’s a fascinating country. Thanks for visiting.

Ruchi · April 1, 2022 at 4:42 am

Very nice written about France🇫🇷🇫🇷

    Anagha Yatin · April 1, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Thanks, Ruchi. I await to welcome you here at Lyon!

Sandhya Bhattaram · April 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm

Nice post! Looking forward to reading more about France. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 1, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks, Sandhya for visiting and appreciating.

Aesha Shah · April 1, 2022 at 3:13 pm

I want to visit France and it is on my bucket list. Looking forward to your posts, Anagha.

    Anagha Yatin · April 1, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    May your wish come true Aesha. Thanks for visiting.

Swarnali Nath · April 1, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Wow so this is the connection with hexagon! Wonderful to know a lot about France. Looking forward to read more about your place Anagha! And I guess I will be able to learn French to some great extent too 😊

    Anagha Yatin · April 1, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you so much Swarnali. I hope I will be able to live up to your expectations.

Rashi Roy · April 1, 2022 at 5:47 pm

Isn’t it amazing to explore new places? You get to know so much more and the facts are so interesting. Lovely theme and a wonderful start to your A-Z. Looking forward to read more.

    Anagha Yatin · April 1, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Exploring is always wonderful! Thanks Rashi for visiting and sharing your thought.

Sonia Dogra · April 1, 2022 at 8:46 pm

I seem to have some association with hexagons. Been reading about them over the last few days. France has always mesmerized me. But I’m yet to visit Europe. You gave us some wonderful reasons to be there. More than mere tourist attractions. Thanks for the impromptu poem. Read great.

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Such a coincidence! Extrapolating it, I would say, that your wish to visit Europe and France will come true soon.
    About the impromptu poem… it’s thanks to you actually! 🙂

Yogesh Joshi · April 2, 2022 at 2:27 am

Hi Anagha,
Exciting read. It seems that France, a bastion of art and literature is bringing out or rather, further refining the artist in you. All the best.

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2022 at 9:57 am

    Thank you so much Yogesh for this lovely compliment. Thanks for visiting and for wishes.

Pradeep · April 2, 2022 at 7:29 pm

Hello Anagha, glad to connect back with you again in an April. 🙂
I remember the short stories you wrote as part of the challenge earlier.
Are your posts going to be on France? I am going to really like it.
Because France is a country I like a lot, right from my school days!
France is unique in many respects!
Looking forward to your posts.

A Rustic Mind · April 4, 2022 at 9:36 pm

Never knew about the hexagon shape of France. Interesting to read such facts about a neighboring country. Looking forward to reading more. 😀

Rupa Hariharan · April 7, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Very well written Anagha…. waiting to come over and enjoy with u and ur family

    Anagha Yatin · April 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    And I am dying to have you all here and enjoying with us Rupa. Thanks for visiting.

Archana · April 12, 2022 at 3:44 pm

Hi! Reconnecting on yet another AtoZ. I loved your earlier fiction series and i am sure this one will be the same if not better! 😃 France is on my travel list. Hopefully I can come there sooner than later! Best wishes and Happy AtoZ!

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