If France isn’t in your travel plans, then it should be. It’s the atypical land of romance and love, but it has so much more to offer than that.
A simple look pins France along its European neighbors and it might at first glance seem exactly like Spain and the Netherlands and all the other countries in mainland Europe. Those comparisons might be a bit off. Each country in Europe has such a distinct feel, with unique histories. Each country tells a story, and that is exactly the same for fair old France.
France is the world’s number one tourist destination, and it’s very easy to see why. France is one of those countries that has it all, from history, tourist sights and attractions, amazing visages, monuments, greenery and of course plenty of amazing and beautiful cities to visit! That’s without mentioning the food – fresh cheeses, fine wines, frogs legs! Yum. Some of the world’s best restaurants and bistros are based in France, and of course – there are some amazing beaches.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in France, from kayaking, cycling, sightseeing, eating, sampling wines and almost anything else you can imagine.
Paris is the main destination in France and for a good reason – it’s the capital city of France and one of the main cultural hubs of the world from the Louvre to Notre Dame. Paris is full to the brim of history and was the center of the liberal French Revolution as seen in Les Miserables. Of course, underneath Paris likes the world famous catacombs! A creepy winding cave full of human remains.
On the lighter side, Paris is right next to Europe’s Disneyland, thus being perfect for a family getaway right next to Goofy, Mickey, and Donald!
Paris boasts the very symbol of France in the Eiffel Tower. This monument rises high into the sky and offers some iconic views. You can of course head to the Louvre to check out the world famous Mona Lisa among other famous pieces. There is also the symbol of France’s resilience in the splendid Arc de Triomphe. Paris is a microcosm of France and really does have it all.
One hundred years ago, young men across Europe fought raging and violent battles across France and Belgium as World War One drew to a climax. The battle of the Somme and the offensive at Verdun hold two memorials that will simply take your breath away. It’s always worth paying your respects and none more so to the countless lives lost in such a disastrous war. It’s also been over nine-hundred and fifty years since the Battle of Hastings in which a Norman invasion force conquered Britain and there are plenty of reminders on offer in Normandy. Talking of Normandy, one of the most iconic sites in the world lies there. Mont-Saint-Michel is a unique and majestic icon that towers above the tide.
If you’re looking for something a little different, then France is home to most of the world’s largest ski resorts, and these aren’t crumbling old resorts, France works hard to keep them up to date. Booking with an agency like Freedom Ski takes a lot of hassle out of planning and also offers some amazing experiences.For example, look to the ski slopes of Morzine, which even has plenty to do if the slopes are too much for you! Situated in the foothills of the famous Mont Blanc, Morzine hosts restaurants and even a cinema! It’s close to Geneva, so it is also quite accessible. France plays host to the Alps, so there’s no end to snow-based excitement, and you can even venture to a few different countries through the Alpine mountain range!
Of course, France is home to champagne and some stellar vineyards. If bubbly or wine is your thing, then you can drive from village to village sampling the finest wines along the way! Be sure to hire a driver, though!
France is also home to plenty of green countryside full of history. The history of the French countryside is dominated by towers and castles. The most famous among these being the legendary Palace of Versailles. The palace is a pure dedication to luxury and excess, and the owners, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette paid the price for their glamor eventually! Full of gold, silver, crystal and majestic tapestries, the palace is full of wonder and glitz! Of course, the glamorous gardens are not to be missed.
If that leaves an impression on you, then the Impressionist art by Claude Monet hosted at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice will also tickle your fancies. If you want to see Monet’s inspirations, then make sure to visit the Giverny house and its beautiful gardens. Getting the picture yet? France is full of wonder!
It’s not just beauty, though – there are a few beasts in France and none more so than the metal beasts of Le Mans, home to the world’s most famous endurance race – the Le Mans 24 Hours. Head to the museum or the world famous circuit if you’re a petrolhead to see the inner workings of this world famous circuit! While not ‘technically’ France, a visit to Monaco and the world famous casinos are a must as well as the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.
Of course, France is also where the food is at. The term ‘bistro’ is now worldwide, but these roadside cafes are places where you can sit back and watch France rush by you. Soups, bread and all manner of pastries dominate French cuisine, which is seriously tasty! From Michelin star restaurants right through to street cafes and of course, fast food – there is so much for you to taste in France!
It doesn’t matter what you’re into – France likely has something to offer from food, champagne, wine, history, and activities, there truly is something for everyone. France might seem like a typical destination, but that is for a good reason. It’s one of the best places to visit in the entire world.