No matter where your French journeys take you, the most important thing is to savour the moment.
Paris is one of the top travel destinations in the world and is home to one of the most iconic landmarks – “le tour Eiffel.”But there is so much more to this amazing country than just its capital. From the wine in the south to the seafood in small towns off the English channel, there are dozens of other locations in France that will make your trip a delight.
To get the most out of your stay, here are a few must-follow tips you’ll want to know.
No one wants to be THAT tourist. To avoid sticking out like a sore thumb, try your best to blend in with the locals. French fashion is very simple – less is definitely more. You’ll most likely be walking quite a bit as well, so pack comfortable shoes that are fit for touring. Be sure to check the weather in advance to make sure you’re suitably packed.
Light coloured clothing of loose material is the best for summer, whereas layers are more appropriate for the fall and winter. Scarves are appropriate for every season, though. It’s always a good idea to learn a few words and phrases in the local language, and the French will thank you for your efforts to practice some of your new language skills, eat like a local and try ordering in French.
Don’t be afraid to try some traditional cuisine either. Many restaurants have a “prix fixe menu,” a fixed price menu that has pre-selected options sure to please. Mealtime is much longer than in the United States, and usually, has a pre-meal and post-meal drink.
Take your time and relax while you chat over a cheese plate!
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Outdoor markets are one of the most charming and affordable ways to shop. Pick up some unique items as souvenirs (or keep them for yourself!) and enjoy shopping like a native. If you do choose to visit other areas of France like Narbonne, travelling by train will give you a special opportunity to save money and see the countryside.
As always, no matter where you are, the local food and wine are the best choices to go with as they’ll give you a taste of the specialities of the region.
For some lesser-known sights though, venture outside of the city and visit the lavender fields in Luberon or the historical beaches of Normandy. Travel to the Loire Valley and see the castles of Chambord. Depending on which season you’re visiting France, each place is worth seeing.
No matter where your French journeys take you, the most important thing is to savour the moment. Enjoy every sight, smell, and taste and try not to get too caught up in your itinerary. The stories and memories you’ll have will last you a lifetime.
The infographic from TakeLessons below has even more ideas on how to spend your French “vacances” (vacation), so you can start planning your trip today.
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