France

Whilst many come to France for its food, wine and amazing scenery, the urban traveller makes a beeline for Paris – a city whose famed aloofness is well merited after centuries in the world’s cultural spotlight. In the shadow of the City of Light, France is home to many more great towns and cities, such as Bordeaux, Marseilles, Lyons, Cannes, Angers and Montpellier.

Paris, city of love affairs, has been enjoying a romance of its own in recent years – with bicycles. The humble two-wheeler is perceived by many to be the answer to the capital’s traffic and pollution problems, and in 2007 the city council even instigated a public bicycle rental programme…