Things You Should Not Miss While in France

It is quite expected for people traveling to France to visit its main attractions such as the Eiffel Tower or the Mont Saint-Michel, but there are a lot more destinations you can go to in France that will still give you that French experience. These attractions may be well hidden or simply not popular enough to catch the attention of most tourists. Let us look at some of the things you should not miss when you are in France.

Les Gorges du Verdon

The Les Gorges du Verdon is located in the southeast part of France and is considered Europe’s deepest and most beautiful river canyon. The hiking trails are exhilarating, and the views are stunning. You can bird-watch, kayak or hike, this is nature tripping at its best.

D-Day Beaches

On the early morning of June 6, 1944, this wide stretch of fine sand beaches in Northern Normandy has become a bloodbath, and the harsh noise of gunfire has replaced the peaceful breeze of winds. The sands are now back in their pristine state, and the winds are blowing serene whiffs again, this is the most emotional journey you can have in the whole of France.

Chamonix

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc shortened to just Chamonix, is a ski resort area in southeastern France that is near the borders of Switzerland and Italy. Having the Mont Blanc massif as its backdrop, you can have your adventure skiing, parasailing or paragliding, a few of the many things you can do in Chamonix.

Dordogne

Dordogne is a region on south-west France that is home to beautiful medieval towns and villages, unspoiled countryside, and its most famous attraction, the prehistoric caves. The famous Lascaux cave in the Vézère valley contains some of the oldest artworks known to man, dating from roughly 12,000 years ago.

Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is located in central France and offers plenty of great sites to explore such as Tours, Saumur, Orléans, and Angers, all sophisticated cities that give you food and style with all the splendor. You can go for fine dining or wine tasting or just experiencing the French high society.

Carnac Megaliths

The Carnac Megaliths are a dense collection of megalithic sites located in the French village of Carnac, in Brittany. It is a moving reminder of ancient human habitation, although it is still unclear why these stones were built. These are composed of more than 3,000 aligned megaliths, which date back from 4,000BC.

The GR20

Located in the southeast of the French mainland, the GR20 is a breathtaking trail along the jagged spine of Corsica’s central mountains. Most backpackers will enjoy this hiking trail that offers dramatic sights and some fantastic swimming holes if the weather is right.

Definitely, there is more to France than just the usual tourist attractions of museums, towers, art galleries, or castles. The country has more than enough to offer those searching for the off-the-beaten-track destinations that will surely satisfy your craving for an awe-inspiring travel experience.

  

 

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Tips for Travelling to France

From romantic châteaux to a fantastic array of French cheeses, France has gained the title of being the world’s cultural capital, and for good reason. Traveling to France is almost on everyone’s bucket list, and nobody is surprised. However, travelling surely has its ups and downs, so it is a good idea to stock up on information to help you get the best of your trip and avoid undue embarrassment.

When to Go

Depending on what your plans are, the best time to travel to France is during the spring months, between April and June, or autumn, which is anytime from September to November. The weather in France varies from region to region, but generally, the French enjoy temperate weather all year-round. July and August should be avoided as the main holidays of France fall during these months, and most locals spend their holidays in their own country.

Food

The French are known to be quite passionate when it comes to food. Before eating a meal, it is considered polite to say “Bon Appetit.” What is not appreciated is eating on the go, the French are proud of their food and prefer that they savor every bite and take their own sweet time when dining. Also, this may come as a surprise in a country that is known for its gastronomic delights; it is always proper not to overeat.

Shop at the Local Markets

Whether you want to shop for food, clothes or bric-à-brac (knick-knacks), France has a superabundance of indoor and outdoor markets where you can find your every heart’s desire. Most towns have “marché en plein air,” or outdoor market that sells their region’s best at very reasonable prices. It is always recommended to try local delicacies wherever you may be in the country.

Culture shock

Aside from the wine, cheese, and the Eiffel Tower, the French are also known for being snooty to strangers. No matter how friendly you may think you are, the French are not the type to get comfortable with you. However, this seems to be gradually changing, so a simple “Bonjour” is sufficient enough. But if you really want to get the best side of the French, it would not hurt you to pay them a compliment. They love hearing wonderful things about them and their country.

Safety

As with any other country, France is not free from a few scrupulous souls, and it is always recommended to be on your guard. Always keep your valuables close to your body, ignore people on the streets asking you to sign a petition or give something to you that you know is not yours, these tricks usually end up in them asking you for money. Although these are very isolated incidents, it is still better to be informed. The key here is to avoid being a target.

These are not rigid rules, and it is more than recommended to loosen up and free your adventurous spirit. Enjoy the food, the fashion, the art and always remember to cherish every moment.

 

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