France has long been synonymous with romance, culture, and all things epicurean for as long as one can remember. From romatic strolls along the Seine, quiet reflections of the magnificent works of art within the Louvre, lazy afternoons sipping cafe-au-lait and enjoying a croissant while taking in all the sights and sounds in Place de la Concorde, breathtaking views from the Eiffel Tower, Paris is the epitome of all things French. The charming city of Arles is renowned for its Roman remains, houses with striking red barrel-tiled roofs, and shady, twisting narrow alleys. Biarritz is known for fine beaches and world-class surfing. Cannes has a museum and many pretty galleries. The harbor, the bay, the hill west of the port called Le Suquet, the beachside promenade, the beaches and the people tanning themselves provide natural beauty. Chamonix lies in one of the most spectacular valleys of the French Alps. The largest and most lavish chateaux is Château de Chambord. St. Malo, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Emerald Coast, is famed for its walled city and beaches. Toulouse has grand churches, fine art and handsome 16th-century mansions.