France Travel Guide

France Travel Guide

France have so many beautiful places that even considering  visited them is a dream. Only Paris can give so much inspiration and energy that you can’t imagine.Great castles, splendid museums, cultural people. I wish I could find good time in one summer to travel through whole france and discover it secrets and drink a lot of wine.

France Travel Guide

Capital: Paris

Language: French  /  Population: 66 millions  /  Currency: Euro

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Climate France has four climatic zones: the humid seaboard with cool summers west of the line Bayonne-Lille, semi-continental zone with cold winters and hot summers in Alsace-Lorraine, intermediate zone with cold winters and hot summers in the North, the Paris central region;Mediterranean with mild winters and quite hot summers – south of France.

Suggested clothing: Light cotton clothes are required in the summer, mediumweight in the Winter. raincoats and waterproof clothing needed in the western and the mountainous regions. Wherever you go, take a sweater for cool evenings.

Cuisine French cuisine Consists of cooking traditions and practices from France. In November 2010, French gastronomy was added to the UNESCO is its lists of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage”. French cuisine varies depending on the season, and also depends on the region. From France derives champagne, Camembert, baguettes, onion soup, salad nicoise, pancakes or dijon mustard without whom today can not imagine life. It’s only a small part of French cuisine.

Foreign Relations Permanent members of the UN Security Council. Member of: of G7, NATO, OECD and EU.

How to Save Money

1. Buy wine direct One of the great – if not the greatest – France travel time pleasures is the wine. I love wine and France is heavenfor me. Best quality and value wines, you can buy direct from the domains of smaller growers. Local tourist offices will have maps and lists of producers. Alternatively, shop in the markets they got wild range of french cheap wines.

2. Eat at Lunchtime All Francophiles will be aware that a fixed price menu (10-13 euros) can be half the cost of eating à la carte. But there are also big savings to be made by eating a good lunch rather than going out in the evening.

3. Camp independently You can sharply reduce the cost of camping by avoiding expensive packages offering a pre-pitched tent on a big commercial site and taking your own tent to inependent places.

4. Accommodation, Avoid city centres! If you don’t mind living 10 minutes outside of the city you’re visiting, you are more likely to find accommodations for much lower prices.

5. Eat out in the park You can be picnic in front of Eiffel Tower eating nice food and drinking wines for few euros, it can be one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. Try visiting one of the food markets and pick up some fresh cheese and native wines. Find yourself one of the many beautiful parks, and have a picnic. Scenery is free, and you can watch, watch, watch!

6. Shop at the markets Want to try  French cuisine? Discover in your city outdoor markets. Buy everything from cheeses, bread, pastrys, vegetables and whatever you like. You can save a lot of money and explore true France .

7. Cheap bus Now the Megabus have some routes in France. You can buy tickets from 1 euro!

Expense Report

Expense report for France travel guide  are based on my individual experience, big Mac index and online research. (2015)

Big Mac € 4,10
Bread  from 1,15
Budget Lunch for 1 (with drink) € from  12,00
Budget Dinner for 1 (with drink)  from 16,00
Beer (0,5)  from 1,30 
Wine (0,75) € from 4,00
Museum (Louvre)  15
Bus Ticket  1,60
Hotel (**** double room)  from 95,00 (Paris)
Budget Hotel (double room)  from 45,00 (Paris)
Hostel  from 28 (Paris)

Places and Attractions to Visit in France

If you interested I wrote as well article Top 10 Places to Visit in France, so have a look.

1. Eiffel Tower

France Travel Guide

The tower is 324 metres tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building. The Eiffel Tower took a title fo the highest building in the world  from the Washington Monument , a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building was built in 1930. Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris. Already 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel Tower making it the most visited paid tourist attraction in the world.

2.Louvre Museum One of the world’s largest museums. Almost 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum with around 10 million visitors yearly. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, during the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum to display the nation’s masterpieces.

3. Palace of Versailles The Palace of Versailles was the major residence of the French kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI. Created by several generations of architects, sculptors, decorators and landscape architects, it provided Europe with a model of the ideal royal residence for over a century. King stayed there until October 1789 when the royal family was forced to return to Paris during the French Revolution.

4. Mont Saint-Michel Situated on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks between Normandy and Brittany stand the ‚Wonder of the West‚, a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries. The Abbey is a marvel of medieval architecture with Gothic spires soaring 155 meters above the sea, a sublime sanctuary, and splendid views. Since it was built in the 11th century, the Abbey Church has been an important pilgrimage destination. There is a steep climbing to abbey , so be warn and prepare.

5. Chateau de Chambord is one of the most unique constructions left to us by the Renaissance. Its architecture is a carefully balanced blend of traditional elements of Medieval French architecture and other elements borrowed from the Italian Renaissance. At the beginning of the 20th century, the name of Leonardo da Vinci was first put forward. While the multi-talented genius may have had a hand in the initial design but it wasn’t proofed.

6. Cathédrale Notre-Dame

Top 10 Sights in France

I really loved this church because of complete simplicity and naturality. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquary which houses some of Catholicism’s most important first-class relics including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.

7.  Carcassonne Carcassonne the massive medieval citadel sitting on the hill overlooking the ‘new town’ of Carcassonne. It is France’s second-most visited tourist spot after the Tour Eiffel. Carassonne has been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. City itself  greatly profits from tourism but also counts manufacture and wine-making as some of its other key economic sectors. France travel guide strongly recommend visiting Carcassonne.

8.  Nimes Arena The Amphitheatre of Nîmes is a perfect illustration of the degree of perfection attained by Roman engineers in designing and constructing this type of extremely complex building. In Roman times, the monument could hold 24,000 spectators spread over 34 rows of terraces divided into four separate areas or maeniana. The amphitheatre was designed practicaly that everyone had an unrestricted view of the whole arena.

9.  Pont du Gard The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.

10. Prehistoric Cave Paintings in Lascaux is renowned for Palaeolithic cave paintings, found in a complex of caves in the Dordogne region of southwestern France in beginning of the 20th century, because of their exceptional quality, size, sophistication and antiquity. Estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, the paintings consist primarily of large animals, once native to the region. Lascaux is located in the Vézère Valley, so if you close have a look in your France travel.

Activities

1. Skiing in Alps, Chamonix Everything about Chamonix is impressive. In the shadow of Mont Blanc (4,810m), the highest mountain in the Alps, the deep Chamonix valley has more skiable slopes than seems possible and something for all abilities, though adventurous skiers and boarders have most to gain from a visit including ski runs with a vertical elevation of more than 2,000m and the „Vallée Blanche,” the most famous off-piste run in the world. A magnet to skiers, mountaineers and all extreme sports devotees, the thriving town of Chamonix is busy all year round.

2. Cycling everywhere By far the largest opportunity for relaxed cycle-tourism in France is provided by the country’s vast network of secondary roads and country lanes. France has some 880,000 km (550,000 miles) of roads – excluding motorways – and almost all of this network is open to cyclists.   It is worth noting that cycles can be taken free of charge on many trains.

3. Sailing in Brittany Brittany have no less than 2700 kilometres of coastline, swept over by regular winds, Brittany definitely deserves its reputation as a sailor’s paradise. Thanks to the extreme variety of settings, there is almost no limit to the possibilities.

4.Water Sports in Gorge du Verdon The Gorge du Verdon is a 25 kilometer, long canyon and rises a spectacular 700 meters, from the Verdon river below. The river, which is named after its startling green emerald color, is one of the Gorge du Verdon’s most beautiful features. You can choose beetwen many sports here like rafting, kayaking, sailing and water skiingi in your France travel.

5. Walking I love walking holidays. Youcan  retreat from the rigours of modern life and take in the landscapes at your own pace. France, with its extraordinary, varied terrain, and its timeless appeal for all round world  visitors, whether you go on your foot maybe Grande Randonnée routes, wending through pretty rural villages in Provence, remote Alpine trails, or along the country’s spectacular coastline.

Emergency Numbers

According France travel guide The European emergency number 112 is not the only one in France, you can use as well: 15 – medical emergency, 17 – police, 18 – fire brigade, 115 – social emergency, 119 – abused children, 116000 – missing children.

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