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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, major points of interest in Paris include the Palace of Versailles and Notre Dame Cathedral.
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.
Language in France
French is the official and also the most popular language in the country. Occitan, Breton, Catalan, and Basque are other common dialects spoken in France. English, Spanish, and German are other foreign languages popular in the country.
Main Food in France
Up north, butter is used to cook traditional dishes while olive oil is the main ingredient in food down south. Cassoulet, Choucroute, Quiche, and Tapenade are some of the flavorsome local dishes in France. A meal is mostly served in three courses: starter, main, and dessert. France’s finest products are wines such as Champagne and Bordeaux along with a variety of cheeses like Camembert and Roquefort. Food and wine are two most important things in the French Cuisine. Do try out Soupe à l'oignon, Cassoulet, Chocolate Soufflé and Ratatouille when you visit France; Ratatouille is the signature dish of peasants of the country. The gourmet food such as Croissants, Jambon and Brie cheese must be tried as well. But if you are there, do not forget to take a sip of gourmet beverages such as Cognac and Champagne.
Romantic Places in France
Beaches along the sun-soaked French Riviera and islands such as Corsica are popular places for a perfect honeymoon in France. 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.
Shopping Tour in France
Boulevard Saint Germain and Rue Du Bac are well-known streets to hunt for clothes and souvenirs in Paris. From luxury brands to street vendors, these boulevards in Paris are known for the ultimate shopping experience. The seafront market in Cannes, Rue Saint Catherine in Bordeaux, and Rue de la République in Lyon are also popular spots for shopping in France.
Historical Places in France
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.
Top Museums 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.
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.
Reasons to Visit France
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.
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, Palais des Papes, Champs-Elysées, the Tuileries Garden, and Montmartre.
Last year alone, France attracted over 84 million tourists and discover what France has to offer. 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.
Festivals in France
Bastille Day commemorates the National Day of France on July 14 with the oldest military parade in Europe. Cannes Film Festival is a major event during the summer season in France. Tour de France is an iconic cycling competition which goes on for three weeks. Cyclists from all over the world pedal their way through beautiful countryside in Brittany. Mardi Gras is celebrated during the end of the winter season with fireworks displays and colorful parades and music concerts.
Cities in France
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Palace of Versailles in Paris
The Palace of Versailles in Paris is the royal house built by King Louis XIV and his successors until the French Revolution. One of the famous tourist attractions in Paris, it has been a part of World Heritage Locations for a span of 30 years. The Palace demonstrates the highest pinnacle of the French art from the 19th ce...
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- Ancient architecture
Place de la Concorde in Paris
Place de la Concorde is one of the famous public squares in Paris and the largest square in France. Located at the eastern corner of Champs Champs-Élysées in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, Place de la Concorde has witnessed royal exhibitions in the past especially during the French Revolution. King Louis XVI was execut...
- Historic sightseeing
Pont Alexandre III in Paris
The Pont Alexandre III is considered as the most extravagant, grandiose, ornate bridge in Paris, built over the Seine River. It is not only one of the famous tourist attractions in Paris but also one of the most charming river-crossing bridges in the world. Also classified as a French Monument historique, the flamboyant dec...
Sacre-Coeur in Paris
Sacre Coeur in Paris is a famous landmark, situated at the pinnacle of the famous butte Montmartre, which is the highest point after the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It is a mini Roman Catholic Church also famous by names like Sacre Coeur Basilica or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. It is dedicated to both the sacred he...
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Saint-Chapelle in Paris
The Sainte Chapelle is a royal holy chapel in the Gothic Rayonnant style located in the heart of Paris on theÎle de laCité, within the medieval Palais de la Cité, which was the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century. Today, the chapel is a popular venue for classical music events featuring the works of gian...
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Things To Do In France
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Walk Across the Covered Passages of Paris
In the 19th and 18th century, Paris in the areas which are around Grands Boulevards were built with glass roofed shopping galleries which are called the covered passages. They are the forerunners to the concept of malls today which provided a shopping experience in the shelter from rain. Dine, shop and also spend some roman...
- Historical Sites
Shopping in the Flea Markets of Paris
Les Puces Flea market in the city of Paris is the biggest Flea market in the whole world. The market has a great collection of antique and vintage treasures. Prepare yourself for an amazing shopping experience, the true Parisian culture and some amazing vintage stuff you may not find anywhere else. Les Puces is the flea ma...
Boating in Paris
Boating in Paris is the romantic way of touring the city and it is one such activity that one must get engaged in when visiting the city. When one floats along the Seine River, beautiful monuments can be viewed like Eiffel tower. There are many companies that provide boating services for travelers to enjoy the beauty of the...
Shopping in Paris
Shopping is one of the most exciting activities to keep visitors engaged in the streets of Paris, and it is the best way to imbibe the taste of the Parisian culture. There are so many places for shopping in Paris where tourists can buy a range of things of their choice.
Boulevard Saint Germain, Bon Marché and Rue Du Bac
Take a Stroll in the Royal Gardens in Paris
The Royal gardens and the long arcades of Palais Royal are a great place one can choose to stroll through. This place has witnessed the important moments of French history. It was built by Cardinal Richelieu along with the lavish palace. It was given to the Duke Louis Philippe dOrleans by the end of 18th century.
How to Reach 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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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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