Discovering France's prettiest streets
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From the foothills of the Vosges mountains, to a medieval town in the south, to a village on the Spanish border, France has many beautiful streets full of history. We take you to discover three of them.
Located at the foot of the Vosges foothills, the walled French village of Riquewihr stands frozen in time. All along its main street are colourful half-timbered houses, dating back to the Middle Ages. These typically Alsatian buildings with their traditional signage take us centuries back in time.
We next head further south, where the medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel is perched majestically over the River Tarn. To take a closer look at its buildings, you need to climb Raymond VII street, one of the steepest streets in France. Walking up this street is a stroll through Occitan heritage, with its traditional bagpipes.
For our last stopover, we head to the Basque country, just a stone's throw from the Spanish border. The small Basque village of Ainhoa is built around a single street called "la karika". It's lined with splendid half-timbered houses. Built between the sea and the mountains, the village is steeped in history and tradition.
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