Pyrenees Mountains

Forming a natural border between France and Spain, the Pyrenees Mountains span an area of 305 miles across southwest Europe, separating the Iberian Peninsula from continental Europe. Around two thirds of the range falls within France. The French Pyrenees encompasses the following departments: Pyrénées-Orientales, Aude, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. On the other side of …

Château de Chambord

Chambord’s chateau is the most recognized and magnificent of all of the castles in France. Located in the town of Chambord in the beautiful Loire Valley, Château de Chambord is a popular tourist attraction, with crowds drawn by its stunning blend of medieval and classical Italian architecture which was characteristic of French Renaissance style.  Its …

Puy-de-Dôme

Both the name of a department in central France and a famous dormant volcano within it, Puy-de-Dôme lies within the Auvergne region. The Massif Central mountain range is located in the department of Puy-de-Dôme and includes the 25 mile-long Chaîne des Puys chain of dormant volcanoes. The chain includes 48 cinder cones, 15 water-filled craters …