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France is a vibrant country, rich in culture and heritage. Whether it's beaches, countryside, nightlife, wineries, or cuisine, you can find all of it and much more across the country. If you want a metropolitan feel, you can find it in France. If you yearn to hide away from the hustle bustle of city life and just escape, France is also your answer.
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Planning a trip to Paris this fall? If you've visited before, your first trip to the City of Love may have been a whirlwind tour that went something like this -- Eiffel Tower, check. Notre Dame, check. Louvre, check. As much as these 'first-time' experiences are quintessential, there is so much more to Paris.
For a quintessential Provençal experience -- one filled with wine tastings, exploring quiet villages with old, stone homes and cobblestoned lanes, cycling by poppy fields, having lunch overlooking green landscapes and relaxing at a spa housed in a centuries old convent -- rent a car for a few days from Marseille.
This particular race has some additional qualities you won't find in Boston, New York, or even your local Canadian marathon. There are as many wine stations as there are water ones, French bread stuffed with foie gras, and of course the really defining part of the marathon... it's done in costume.