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Currency: Euro (EUR)

Language: French

Best way of getting around: Independent driving or fast TGV trains. Occasionally internal flights.

Highlight: the Paris skyline by night.

Travel tip: Plan your lunches. Many restaurants only open between 12-1.30. Also, guys, bring speedos. You won’t be allowed into pools and spas with swimming shorts.

Dress Code: Casual but fairly chic.

Unusual highlight: Radioactive beauty cream at the Marie Curie Museum

Travel to France

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.

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 like this Inside the Travel Lab to appreciate the 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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