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France Travel Guide
France Tourism is highlighted by stunning cities like Paris and Nice, art museums like The Louvre, and sun-soaked beaches along the French Riviera. Known as the City of Love, Paris attracts thousands of travelers and honeymooners to its tree-lined boulevards and open-air cafes. Besides the iconic Eiffel Tower, points of interest in Paris include the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Moulin Rouge, and Montmartre. France is considered a hub of avant-garde fashion and shopping. Provence region is famous for beautiful countryside and outdoor thrills. The vineyards in Bordeaux produce some of the finest wines in Europe. The region of Burgundy is dotted with picturesque villages, lakes, and medieval monuments. In 2012, the country has recorded 83 million footfalls of tourists, making France world’s number one tourist destination.
History is definitely a part of tourism in France. Many beautiful ancient buildings that carry a long history brighten this city for all to see. The Notre Dame is one such structure. Towers that represents the 13th-century Cathedral with flying buttresses and gargoyles, make the Hugo novel come alive. If you adore the story of Notre Dame, you must visit this breathtaking venue and bring home wonderful memories of it. The Arc de Triomphe was built to commemorate victories of Napoleon. This Arc comes with an observation deck that you can climb up and get a beautiful view of the city. Located at Charles de Gaulle, you can take pictures of it to bring back home.
Musee d’Orsay is another amazing place which makes its way into the must-visit list. It is a museum located at Seine’s Left Bank. It has a collection of Arts and Artifacts made between 19th & 20th century. This famous place which is now a museum, was actually a former railway station, housing European art collections. If you are a lover of vintage collections and impressionist images, this is a place for you to be.
Paris in France is the City of Lights. It has been given a name of the ‘City of Romance’ too. You don’t need to be in love to visit this beautiful city, but being here will surely make you miss your would-be or better half. So, come to the city with a few days in hand to walk through the cobbled streets, explore the art galleries, attend the fashion shows, and tour around the historical structures. A complete France travel guide will tell you about everything.
One of the world’s famous architectural buildings is Eiffel Tower. Located at the Champ de Mars in France, this building was apparently named after the Engineer who built it and named Gustave Eiffel. His company designed and built this amazing one of a kind tower. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited location in Paris both by the locals as well as international tourists coming from all over the world. This building is the second tallest man-made structure in France.
France has a lot to say about the Louvre Museum too, which is located at Rue de Rivoli. It is a known historical palace in France, which is known for its amazing art collections. It has approximately 38,000 collections, including the exhibits dating to pre-historic era, the 1st century and the famous painting of Mona Lisa, created by Roman Sculpture Da Vinci. Now a museum, it was a fortress made by Phillip II in the 12th Century.
Most of the tourist locations in France are easily reachable whether you choose to walk, take a taxi or even use the local train services. Tourism in France has always been a form of attractions that want to bring people from every part of the world to land here. Although this is a city of fashion shows, art galleries, and museums. There are many historical places as well like Palaces of Versailles, Château de Chambord, Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, Palais des Papes, Champs-Elysées, the Tuileries Garden, Le Marais, Montmartre and the Pantheon.
Last year alone, France attracted over 84 million tourists and discover what France has to offer. Both daytime and nighttime, weekdays or weekends, it is a country that never sleeps. Lights, sights, and sounds make every visitor come back again and again. Although the weather of France is temperate year-round, the best time to visit France is April through June and September-November. Summer is the perfect time to hit the beaches on a trip to south of France. Cannes Film Festival is a major event during this season in France.
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There are 478 airports in France, which are connected with the rest of the world by several top rated airlines. The busiest of all the airports is the Paris Charles de Gaulle. Air Baltic, Air France, and many other intercontinental flights operate from France. Being the largest airport of the country, Paris Charles de Gaulle has 3 terminals; terminal 1 is the oldest of all. On the fourth floor of Terminal 1, there are a huge number of duty free stores. You must buy some stuff back home. Other busiest airports of France are Paris Orly and Cote d'Azur.
Trains are the best way to explore towns and cities within the country. The TGV - Train à Grande Vitesse is the world famous and high speed train which makes your trip amazingly quick. It is an attractive alternative of travel as compared to the air. In here, TER and InterCité trains connect various cities and link all French stations of main towns.
For comfortable journey within the country, you can take buses of service providers like GoEuro, OuiBus, EuroLines and Alsa. The tickets can be easily booked with GoEuro. If you wish you an even directly purchase the ticket. The buses also connect to popular tourist places like Disneyland, Eiffel Tower, museums, etc. Apart from buses, metro is also an ideal way to move around the city. You can make use of Visitors A La Carte Card, an international visitor’s card, to detour various cities of France. You can obtain one from any metro station and bus terminal booths.
In France, you would also find tourists roaming on bicycles because travelers find it very convenient here. You can easily park your bicycle anywhere and check out any tourist destination you want. The other modes of transport available are Waterways and trams.
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FAQ's of France
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For exploring the country properly you might need close to 6 months or so. But for visiting most important landmarks, try to spend at least 7 to 10 days in France.
The Eurail or private buses are the best bet for traveling within France. If you have an international driver’s license, then you can get a car on hire for self driving.
Make sure to buy chocolates, perfume and any fashion accessory when in France. Don’t forget to buy wine.
Although most French people do know and understand English, they are notorious for pretending to not understand it. Learn a few basic phrases of French so that they know you are trying, so that they will too.
The Schengen visa that is valid for the entire European Union is also valid for France.
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