Scattered throughout the entire country, thousands of picturesque chateaux and fortified towns with a rich history are waiting to be explored. France has more castles than a person can see in a lifetime! Impressive and beautiful forts have stories to tell, sometimes older than we can imagine. These architectural marvels often have beautiful sculpted gardens and can easily be a highlight of any trip to France. Sometimes you do not have to venture too far from Paris to see a beautiful chateau, such as Fontainebleau, Vaux-le-Vicomte or Versailles. But then there is the Loire Valley with a dozen of stunning palaces, towering up at the horizon, and more, and more, and more.