France gave us croissants, champagne and, er, frogs’ legs. It swept us off our feet with seductive lights in Paris, great wines around Bordeaux and sparkling sun-soaked beaches along the French Riviera. It’s one of the most visited countries in the world and yet I’ll guarantee there are places you’ve never heard about.
Paris makes for a world class break but fast train and plane connections also open up other parts of France. Try the Alps for ski-ing, Bordeaux for wine tasting, Lyons for food and the French Riviera for some classic, chic sun.
Enjoy the delights and romance of Paris, the sights of Versailles and the seafood of Normandy, the uniqueness of Mont-St-Michel and embrace French history at The D-Day Beaches.
Visit several French regions. Embrace the delights of Paris, the pristine blue waters of the Riviera, history-rich Provence, the beautiful Loire Valley and Bordeaux, known locally as 'wine country'.
For me, France marks a special place as that's where I was living when I started this blog. But, luckily, you don't need to take up blogging in order to appreciate France. Just a love of good food, great landscapes...and a tolerance for claims that France is the best at everything.
As one friend put it, "When it's true so much of the time, is it fair to call it arrogance?"
Here's to one of the best countries in the world through the quote of one of its most famous sons:
"France has more need of me than I have need of France." Napoleon Bonaparte.
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The best way to make a trip happen is just to book a ticket and let the adrenaline make everything else fall into place.
However, there are some key things to check out first. ALWAYS check out the health and safety advice for the region you're travelling to and make sure you're up to date with any recommended vaccinations and healthcare procedures. After that, it's up to you whether or not you book accommodation now or figure it out when you get there - or whether you'd prefer to let someone else take care of all the logistics for you through an individually designed tour.
For my general recommendations on equipment, tour operators and more, visit the Travel Resources page. For tips specific to France, read on below.
As ever, with any advice you find on the web, this is meant for help and guidance only. Always check with your own doctor, embassy, lawyer and spouse before making any irreversible plans...