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France is the world's #1 tourist destination with 83 million visitors each year. Tourists are staying longer and are more diverse. There has been a marked increase in Brazilians, Russians and Asians, particularly the Chinese. Its monuments are iconic, its culture rich, its cuisine revered, its countryside breathtaking and its ski slopes tops in the world. Wine tourism is on the rise with 24 million visitors to the wine regions annually.

LGBTQ community will find the welcome mat out throughout the country, particularly in Paris, Provence, the Côte d'Azur and along the coast from Marseilles to the Spanish border. Gay Pride celebrations take place in several dozen cities with many other LGBTQ activities year around.

France has been in the forefront of recognizing LGBTQ rights, beginning with the French Revolution when it became the first Western European country to decriminalize sexual acts between consenting adults. In 1985, employment and services discrimination based on lifestyle was outlawed. France became the 14th country to recognize same-sex marriage in May 2013. Same-sex couples also have the right to adopt children. Polls indicate most French support the new laws, but some protests have been staged.

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Versailles Palace and Gardens, Paris

Versailles Palace and Gardens

Paris -  Things to do

Versailles, perhaps the world's largest palace, makes a good day trip from Paris. The most convenient way of getting there by pubic transportation is the suburban RER C...
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Notre Dame, Paris

Notre Dame

Paris -  Things to do

Famous in history, literature and film, Notre Dame is on everyone's must-see list, so expect a lengthy queue during the summer months if you want to visit the interior...
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Promenade des Anglais, Nice

Promenade des Anglais

Nice -  Things to do

Promenade des Anglais is an iconic promenade along the azul waters of the Baie des Anges. That wealthy Englishmen who favored Nice for balmy vacations paid to have it...
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Île de la Cité, Paris

Île de la Cité

Paris -  Things to do

Île de la Cité is the island in the Seine where Paris was born. Its most famous landmark is Notre Dame, but the second most important is the Palais of Justice, which...
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Canal Saint-Martin, Paris

Canal Saint-Martin

Paris -  Things to do

The Canal Saint-Martin is a waterway Napoleon ordered built between the Seine and the Canal de l'Ourcq. Part of the 4.7-kilometer channel runs underground between the...
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Chartres Cathedral, Paris

Chartres Cathedral

Paris -  Things to do

The Chartres Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Gothic architecture and magnificent 12th and 13th century stained-glass windows. One of the...
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Monet's Garden (Giverny), Paris

Monet's Garden (Giverny)

Paris -  Things to do

Monet's Garden, the subject of some of the artist's most famous paintings, makes a nice day trip from Paris. It is really two gardens: a flower garden in front of the...
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3W Kafe, Paris

3W Kafe

Paris -  Bar

A cool Parisian bar with DJs and a small dance floor in the basement, 3W Kafe stands for Women With Women. Men are welcome if they come with a woman.
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Crazy Horse Cabaret, Paris

Crazy Horse Cabaret

Paris -  Show

Created by Alain Bernardin in 1951, Le Crazy Horse has become a Paris institution, known for its sultry and provocative cabaret show performed in the nude by...
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Folies Bergère, Paris

Folies Bergère

Paris -  Show

Once famous for its bawdy and bold shows, Folies Bergère is where Josephine Baker became an international sensation performing in only a skirt that looked like bananas....
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