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A different view of France


In my earlier life as a wine merchant specialising in French Regional Wines, one of the most interesting and useful posters we had on display was a relief map of France. This was fascinating and helped to explain the geography of France and its wine regions – esepcially the influence of rivers and mountains – much more clearly than the otherwise invaluable Michelin maps.

Now a new book “France from the Air” has some wonderful images of France from a different perspective than we usually capture.

When seen from the air, the appearance of France changes radically, revealing astonishing curves and harmonious lines. These images reveal the varied faces of France, with the colourful mosaic of its fields, with steeples and church towers scattered with gray slate and red brick roofs, with handsome coasts worn by the sea. In “France from the Air”, you will recognise some of the most famous of French landmarks: the Pont du Gard, Notre Dame, Loire Valley castles, and the Bordeaux vineyards, but you will also explore the less known forest of Compiegnes, the Vanoise National Park, and the villages of Brittany and Normandy.”

Amazon UK stocks IGN Satellite Relief Map of France or direct from IGN (the French Ornance Survey)

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  • Just looking at the map here – fascinating. Alsace hiding behind the mountains, the Languedoc licking around the Med coast, the Loire – how big a region is that! and then Bordeaux.. and Burgundy – positively mountainous!

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