Les Regions au Sud de France

Rhone Alpes: Matt F
Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur: Nick M.
Corse: Matt H


Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur


The Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur covers over 31400 km. It contains a population of about 4,452,000 people.

The great thing about this region is how it has the beaches to the south and the Alps to the north. The French Riviera is one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. The beachside resorts offer music and entertainment. Also, the climate stays relatively warm during the winter, since the cold winds are blocked by the Alps.
cannes villa rental south of france
cannes villa rental south of france

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Throughout the region, there is a variety of sports that one can play or do. Some of them include; swimming, hiking, mountain bike riding, trail walking, mountain climbing, and sailing.

Marseille has one of the most important harbors on the Mediterranean. It is also one of the biggest ports in France. Marseille is the second largest city in France. Basilique Notre Dame de la Garde is one of the major attractions of this region. I also found interesting that French law forbids taking any data related to race or religious group. Major imports include petroleum, wine, fruits, olive oil, hides and skins, and tropical agricultural products. Major exports are wines, liqueurs, processed foods, cement, and metal products. Marseille is also France's center of oil refinement. Two other major cities of the region are Cannes and Nice.
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Marseille, Port

La region s'appelle Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. La region et au sud de la France. Le capital de Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur est Marseille. Il y a les Alpes, le Mer Medoteramee, and fermes. Les attractions touristiques sont la plages, le Riviera Francais. Les activities sont le ski, planche a voile, faire de velo, et nager. Le specialities de mon region ils sont le terre de festivals.


Rhone Alps

Geography- Its major geographical features are the Alps Mountains and the Rhone river. 80% of the population density is located in Lyon. The flat marshlands of the Dombes lie to the north. The Bresse plain also lies in the north and they serve as a rich farmland. The east is made up of mostly snow capped peaks. Along the shore of Lac Leman there are two of the most impressive nature reserves in France. In the south Castles and old towns line cover the landscape. The Beaujolais vineyards that run along the Rhone River provide France with some of its best tasting wine.
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Sports- The Alps mountains are host to millions of skiers every year. The main mountain is Espace Killy. It covers over 300km. It has a variety of runs and ski lifts, the breakdown is: 20 Green runs, 60 Blue runs, 35 Red runs, 16 Black runs, 44km of cross country skiing, two snow parks, two glaciers, 90 total ski lifts,10 free ski lifts. You can even network your way into Italy. The Col de Galibier stage of the Tour de France is 18 kilometers long and has a vertical difference 1200 meters is located inside the Rhone-Alps region. Simple water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, and tubing can be enjoyed along the Ardeche. There are several water sports schools along the bank. The mountains surrounding the river are great sources of recreational rock climbing and mountain biking.

Ma region sappelle le Rhone-Alps. Le Rhone Alps est dans la sud de France. Le capitale est Lyon. Le geographie a chaines de montagnes et les fleuves. Le Lyon a beaucoup des attractions comme Sainte Marie de La Tourette, Cathédrale Saint-Jean, et le Notre-Dame de Fourvière. Le region a beaucoup des activites dehors comme randonnée, peche, et VTT. Le Rhone Alps a grande Beaujolais vignobles. En Lyon il y a Fête des Lumières en Decembre 8.

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Hary and Phil Le Tour
Hary and Phil Le Tour

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History

    • In 6th century BC, the Celts started to populate the Rhône-Alpes. They were no match for famous ruler Hannibal of Carthage or later on the Romans.
    • Early settlers used the rivers to create large aqueducts to transport water around their small cities.
    • The Middle Ages saw two large ruling families.
    • The Counts of Savoie were the guardians of the higher Alps and the “Dauphins” ruled over Dauphiné, which was in the lower lying area. The Dauphins eventually sold their last piece of land to the king in 1349. The title of Dauphin was reserved for the heir of the French King.
    • The Wars of Religion in the 16th century destroyed many of the cities.
    • In 1628 the region started to economically prosper.
    • In 1860 the region was voted by the plebiscite to become in union with France.
    • During WWII Lyon was a center of resistance.

Industry- The main industry of the Rhone Alps is tourism. Tourism attracts many people year round and this causes a major hotel industry. The Rhone Alps are responsible for 12% of the French hotel business capacity with over 1,900 hotels.




Corse
Industry- In Corse tourism plays a big role and the major towns for tourism are Port Veccio, Bonifacio, and Calvi. The islands pleasant climate beautiful mountains and breathtaking coastlines play a part in that big tourism role. The food industry is lead by products like olives, fruit, and grapes. The repair industry is very big along with the transportation. Some other industries are fishing, winemaking, and food processing. Main exports are granite, marble, cork, cheese, wine, olive oil and citrus fruit. They have a need to import fuel, machinery and need better farming methods.

La region s'appelle Corse. La region et au sud de la France. Le capital de Corse est Ajaccio. Dans le Corse il y a plus que 200 plages. Certain du principal touriste attractions sont le principal villes aiment Corte, Basta et Sartene. Des autres interessant fait dans mon region est il y a 1,000km du littoral. Il y a les faits du mon region.

Geography- Ajaccio is the capital in Corse but the other major towns include Corte, Sartene, and Basta. Corse is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and it has more than 200 beaches. It also has 1,000km of coastline and the island of Corse is separated by the Strait of Bonifacio. Its highest peak is Monte Cinto at 2706m and it has twenty other summits of more than 2000m.

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Town of Montemaggiore in Corsica which is verymountainous


Town of Montemaggiore in Corsica which is very mountainous

Cuisine- In Corse they have sort of a different style of food than us in America. They have Corsican honey which is supposed to be really good and a variety of meat. Some of the meats include Prizuttu (raw ham), Salamu (dry sausage), Figatellu (liver sausage. The cheeses include Brin d’Amour, Niolo, Brocciu, goat cheese, and Fleur du Maquis. They get wines from all over France and their main wine is Patrimonio. That is the many types of Corsican cuisine.

History- The history of Corse begins when the Greeks in 565 B.C. It was under Carthaginian influence until 237 B.C. then taken over by Roman Republic. The Vandals had control until 430 and the Byzantine Empire had control from there until 522. It was under various influences until Genoa controlled it in 1282. Then in 1768 France took control of the country by buying it. Some important people are Pasquate Paoli a Corsican general and patriot who fought for Corse independence. Also an interesting fact is that Napoleon Bonaparte was born there.


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