For years, you've been sold on the grandeur, romance, and charm of France's biggest city. Paris has been a gleaming capital of literature and film for the last century, capturing the hearts of young idealists everywhere. We mean, it is fabuleux, but after a visit or two you wonder, "Is this all there is?!"

Thankfully, France doesn't have one city. No, it has delicious hilltop towns that will make you weep, sweeping coasts with the most turquoise water you've ever seen, and cultural institutions that rival the Louvre.

Here are 10 places to go that aren't the city of love and light.

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