My lunch today incorporates four different types of cheese. That should be the only reason you need to travel to the Auvergne region in France. But if you really need a few more, I can help you out.

I may be biased, but in my opinion the Auvergne region should be on every traveler’s list. But don’t just take my word for it. Lonely Planet voted it the sixth best region in the world to visit in 2016. Auvergne even beat Hawaii out of sixth place.

If your only experience in France was the Eiffel Tower, or spending time in the Latin Quarter in Paris, you should consider taking a three­-and-­a-­half hour train from bustling Paris to the more charming town of Clermont-­Ferrand. The city is accessible via train or bus from Paris, Lyon, and other major French cities.

In the few months I’ve been living in France (see this blog post for more info), Clermont-Ferrand, a city of a little more than 141,000 people, has been my home base. Despite its small size, there are always things to do or see. In the slideshow above, a brief tour of the sights you should check out in Clermont-­Ferrand and the surrounding area.

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