EXPLORE THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AS A LOCAL
I have enjoyed staying in France the past month, it allowed me to rediscover places I haven't been in a very long time. If you're like me and enjoy the outdoor, hikes, fortified villages and less populated areas, I highly recommend to check the region of Lozère. It is best known for its dramatic and unspoiled scenery such as the Gorges du Tarn, one of France's most impressive natural highlights, and the numerous pretty villages to explore in the scenic surroundings. Noting the Lozère department has always been famed for its cheese... En route!
- Visit castles and fortified villages. Don't miss La-Garde-Guerin, officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Poised high above the gorges, the fortified village of La-Garde-Guerin dates from the 12th century although the houses we see today date from the 16th century - more specifically the years from 1595 to 1597 when they were all rebuilt after damage suffered during the wars of religion.
Keep driving to the north and stop in Saugues, another village quiet different but full of history and well located to start hikes and find campings.
- Walk a part of a historic hiking trail. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987 and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Go to local farmer's markets. Get fresh picked fruits, veggies and DELICIOUS cheese!
- Stay in a farm with locals and enjoy the simple and beautiful life of the countryside. Going to Lozère is a great plan if you want to escape from the touristy zones, meet authentic people and rejuvenate in a peaceful place.
So voilà, bonne aventure in France and bisous.