Most visitors to France will go to Paris or the south coast. However, the Bordeaux region is just as attractive for a leisurely holiday.
Left largely untouched by the second world war, Bordeaux has buildings which are outstanding architecturally. Due to its proximity to the sea, its relatively mild weather is ideal for wine cultivation.
There are many cave complexes on the Dordogne Valley prehistoric humans lived in fairly elaborate communities.
On the way back to Paris, you can visit Rouen, where Joan of Arc was martyred. Rouen cathedral spire was the tallest structure in the world till late 19th century.