“In France, cooking is a serious art form, and a national sport” – Julia Child
France is steeped in a rich culture that embraces the finer things life has to offer – world-class wines, classic cuisine, architecture, history, art, museums, fashion, manicured gardens and parks and romance around every corner. It’s chic, elegant, charming.
Who wouldn’t love to visit a country that invented champagne and boasts over 36o cheeses? And where kissing on both cheeks, lingering at an outdoor cafe and queing daily at the Boulangerie for a warm baguette, are all de rigueur?
So much to do. So little time. Let’s get started.
Imagine strolling along the cobblestone streets along the River Seine, pausing on a bridge to watch a sunset, or visiting one of Paris’s many free museums.
Of course, you’ll need to visit the Eiffel Tower.
You’ll gather provisions at your neighborhood open-air market and enjoy a picnic lunch alongside Parisians in the Luxembourg Gardens, savoring the intoxicating aroma of freshly-baked baguettes and croissants wafting from boulangeries. Make it organic if that’s your pleasure.
Art and antique lovers will find treasures at the flea markets or this secret spot in the Marais.
Join the locals at one of the open-air markets. Vsiting cheese shops, wine bars, and having a picnic in one of Paris’s famous parks or gardens is an unforgettable day.
And when you feel like you’ve seen it all, there are always more things to discover and ideas for getting off-the-beaten-path.
Looking for day trips outisde the city – don’t forget the grand chateaux, many are within a short drive or train ride.
If you’re an active traveler, the Loire Valley is a perfect destination for cyclists. You can pop in for wine tastings along the way,
Head to Normandy for unspoilt natural beauty and white cliffs on the Atlantic coast without any of the crowds. Be prepared to indulge in Camembert and Calvados!
In nearby Brittany, you’ll get a slice of Celtic culture, castles and charming fishing villages served up with a side of all the cider and crêpes you can stomach!
Or maybe you’d enjoy the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera. But if you crave a quieter experience, try these smaller villages instead.
If the sea is a bit to rough, try the calmer waters of a lake vacation or relax and be pampered at one of these spa towns.
Dreaming of lavender fields, olive groves and storybook villages with tiny cobblestone pathways? You’ll want to check out Provence. History buffs will also find Roman ruins scattered about.
What about a vacation filled with just exploring walled cities?
Or you could head to the “other” South of France – the Languedoc. Known for its affordable wines, beautiful villages and the Canal du Midi, which makes a perfect location for a barge vacation.
Speaking of wine, if you’re a wine lover, you’ll want to taste your way through these wine regions in France.
As you can see, France offers something for every traveler. The only question is, which destination will you pick first?
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