Your travel guide to France! While France is not the cheapest destination in Europe, it might still be the prettiest. France is a popular tourist, family and backpacking destination, and once I visited France I knew why… France is filled with beautiful cities such as Paris and Lyon, has blue beaches at the Côte d’Azur and snow covered mountain tops in the Alps. It seams the country has something to offer for everyone, be it art-lovers, food-lovers, nature-lovers, city-lovers or beach-lovers. Find more information and my favorite things to do in France down below, and maybe I can convince you to put France on the top of your list!
Paris – I don’t think this city will even need an introduction because, in the end, who doesn’t know Paris? Paris… the city of light and, of course, the city of love. Paris is not a city you want to do in 2 nights, there is just too much to see and experience, especially if you are an art lover. Wander through the small streets in Montmartre or enjoy a picnic along the Seine… it really is hard not to fall in love with the city of love.
Nice – With its blue beaches Nice is one of the largest touristic cities on the Côte d’Azur (avoiding the summer could be smart here), and if you are looking for a quite beach you are definitely in the wrong place but the sight is still impeccable. Stroll through the city and enjoy the delicious French cuisine at one of the many restaurants or go higher up to one of the viewpoints up hill! From Nice you can easily visit other cities laying on the Côte d’Azur or even do a small trip to Monaco!
See the Eiffel Tower: The 324m tall tower is basically impossible to miss when you are in Paris. However, it will not be as impressive until you are actually standing right next to eat and can awe at the tower from up close. The Eiffel tower has three different levels, the highest observation deck being at 276m, has a majestic view over the city of Paris. Waiting lines are long, sometimes even hours, so it might be advised to go early and try to avoid the largest crowds.
Eat your heart out: I am not sure the French cuisine really needs an introduction, but for the ones who are not quite familiar with it, here you go: get breakfast or lunch at a local bakery (boulangerie) and indulge yourself with croissants, baguettes, pain au chocolate or get a delicious “escargot” at Du Pain et des Idees in Paris. Looking for a snack? How about macarons, éclairs or a tasty nutella filled crêpe! However, these options are all quite sweet… I personally prefer a more savory lunch after a sweet breakfast; my favorite savory lunches are baguettes filled with French cheese such as brie or camembert. Dinner in France can differ per region but in the end some of my favorites include Margret de Canard (duck breast), Gratin Dauphinois and Quiche Lorraine.
Enjoy the Côte d’Azur: While cities such as Paris, Lille and Lyon have loads to offer, a trip to the Côte d’Azur could be a perfect getaway. The beaches are perfectly blue (although often quite busy in the high season), and can easily be reached from cities such as Nice. Besides laying on the beach, being on the Côte d’Azur could be a perfect reason for a day trip to Monaco!
Art, art, art: The capital is filled with museums, and perhaps the most famous being one The Louvre. Expect long queues to this museum, and once you are in, well expect to be amazed how large the museum actually is… The Louvre is home to the famous Mona Lisa, but nonetheless offers way more than just this painting alone. But the city is home to many more museums such as Centre Pompidou (modern art) and Musée d’Orsay, mainly known for its large impressionism collection. Conclusion: if you are into arts the capital of France is a must visit if you are in the area.
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