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France Travel: Most Popular Articles

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Taking French Videos Home
When you visit France and the rest of Europe, many souvenir shops and attractions sell great videos or even foreign films. The only problem is that regions and video codes prevent French videos from playing in many other countries. Find out how to make them work.
Is France safe? Here is some information on...
Is France safe after the November 2015 attacks in Paris. Here is information to help you decide if you will travel to France this year and how to keep safe.
The Best Nudist Beaches and Naturist Resorts in...
France has the best smart and stylish naturist resorts. And France has the coastline and the weather. So it’s not surprising that some of the world’s most popular resorts as well as nudist beaches are in southern France. Discover France's best naked beaches and naturist resorts.
Do You Need to Tip at Restaurants in France and...
When at a Paris cafe, to tip or not to tip? Here is a guide on tipping at restaurants, in taxis, at hotels and more in Paris and throughout France.
10 Reasons to visit France in Winter
Planning a trip to France in the winter? It’s a great time to visit, so here’s what to expect. Check out all you need to know from cheaper airfares to winter sports, fun, festivals and Christmas fairs during the French holiday season.
Check out the best Christmas Markets in France
Christmas markets bring a wonderful sparkle to cities and towns throughout France. Here are the 2015-2016 dates for the top French Christmas Markets.
Is Cap d'Agde the World Capital of Nudism?
Want to bank naked? Shop naked? Dine naked? Buy baguettes at a brasserie naked? Visit Cap d'Agde, the world's capital of nudism.
North France Christmas Markets; easy to get to...
North France is famous for its Christmas Markets which are varied and exciting with plenty of Brits stocking up for the holiday season. Here are the region's top markets.
Thanksgiving in France is the chance to meet...
Celebrating Thanksgiving in France is a challenge; it's an American (or Canadian) holiday. But if you're an ex-pat or American visitor, here's where to get the turkey and the meals.
Cap d'Agde's Naturist Quarter: A Village with...
Cap d'Agde's Naturist Quarter is a nudist village unto itself, with its own grocery stores, bank, bakeries, nightclubs, yacht harbor and more.
TGV Train Route Map and Destinations in France
Check the TGV route map for destinations and times to major cities in France. The TGV high-speed train serves most major cities of France. It also connects with express and local trains taking you on to all cities and towns in France, and has connections on to Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
How to Order Coffee in France
Language barrier could prevent you from ordering the right coffee on the menu. Find out how to order coffee in France, be it a cafe au lait or espresso.
The City of Strasbourg: A Little German, a...
Strasbourg is the ultimate European city. It has flavors of both France and Germany, and sits right on the border of the two countries. It's picturesque
10 Myths About the French (Hint: Not Everyone...
There are plenty of stereotypes about the French: they stink, women don't shave their underarms, they are rude, they hate Americans, they all go topless at the beach. Don't be fooled by these myths and urban legends. The truth is far more interesting. Here is some myth busting a la France with this list of top myths about France and the French people.
French Etiquette: Dinner Party Dos and Don'ts
There are several differences between the French table manners and eating habits and American dinner etiquette. Here is a comparison.
Top Attractions in Provence
Discover the top ten sites in Provence from the mouth of the Rhone river to the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes that border Italy. See the Roman marvels of the area, the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and the glorious national parks, river gorges and abbeys set in peaceful fields of lavender.
Here's a guide to the 10 Top Attractions and...
Top 10 Nice attractions from the Promenade des Anglais to the Matisse Museum. Nice is a fabulous city to visit all year round.
Do you know the main mountain ranges of France?...
The 7 main mountain ranges of France all offer both winter and summer playgrounds.
What's the Weather Like in France? A Regional...
Weather in France can be crucial to planning a France vacation. Get detailed weather data on major French cities to help you plan your trip. For instance, find out whether Paris really is so rainy, or if Nice is so sunny, or just how much snow to expect in the Alps. Find out which months are rainiest in various cities, and what the average temperatures are throughout France. Here are details about weather and climate in France.
Top 10 Things to Do on the French Riviera
The French Riviera on the Mediterranean Cote d'Azur coast is one of the most popular visitor destinations in France. It's easy to see why.
French Customs Regulations You Must Know before...
When entering France, there is a limit on items tourists can bring into the country without paying a duty. Here are some tips on customs regulations in France.
Top 6 French Champagnes and Sparkling Wines
Here is a list for every budget (from under $10 to $100-something) of the best authentic French Champagnes and sparkling wines for the holidays, New Year's Eve, wedding toasts and celebrations! If you plan to celebrate with some bubbly, you want to be sure you do it in style. You can get a crappy grocery store sparkling wine, but only vintages from the Champagne region are truly called Champagne. There is also a small village in France that claims it, in fact, invented sparkling wine first.
The Longest Rivers of France - all 5 of them
France has beautiful rivers flowing through its towns and villages. The longest rivers of France flow into the sea. Here are the top five.
6 Simple Steps to Getting Naked in France: A...
France is filled with places where it is appropriate, even borderline compulsory, to get naked or go topless. One of the most indulgent pleasures in France is nudism. Find out what you need to know before you expose it all in this bare-skin-friendly country.
The Ultimate Guide to Bargain Shopping in France
There are some great places to shop for bargains in France. Try the major outlet and discount malls dotted all round France.
Plan your trip to France and Paris in December...
December is a wonderfully magical time to visit France. Christmas markets sparkle in major cities and small villages. The streets are full of building lit up in gorgeous colors. The shops are full of tantalising gifts. It's snowing in the Alps and Pyrenees, drawing skiers to the exhilerating runs down some of the world's most famous mountains. And there are bargain flights to be had. The year comes to a spectacular end on December 31st when the French seriously party, not just in Paris but throughout the country.
How To Use the Toilets in France
Using a toilet may sound like the simplest of tasks, but if you aren't used to France's plumbing it can be daunting. Find out what various forms the johns take here, how to flush, how much it will cost you and other secrets to using the restroom.
Top 10 Underrated Destinations in France you...
You'll find your own remote, undiscovered places, but here's my selections of the most underrated destinations in France, starting with the Auvergne.
How to Take a 9-Stop Tour of the South of France
The South of France is an alluring, relaxing and beautiful place. It's an amazing mix of big cities, beach towns and hilltop villages. Here is a South of France tour itinerary to weave you through the best of the South of France.
Exchange Euros
If you visit France, one thing is certain: you will be spending money. Make sure you get the most bang for your euro by following these DOs and DON'Ts to exchange euros.
The hilltop villages of Provence define the...
Hilltop villages or 'perched villages' are part of the Provence landscape. Clinging to the rocky hillsides, often with a castle at the top, they define the south of France.
Christmas in Paris Picture Tour
A gallery of pictures of Paris during the magical Christmas season, when boutiques are decked with lights, there is ice skating in front of town hall and the Christmas market bursts to life. Take a photo tour of Paris at Christmastime.
From Marseille to Montpellier - Top Mediterrane...
Perpignan, near the border of Spain in southern France, is also part of Catalonia, the region that takes in both France and Spain. And Perpignan still keeps its own identity, making it different from the other Mediterranean cities.
Vacation Packing Checklist for France:...
Consult this vacation packing checklist before your trip so you don't leave home without crucial items.
Pigalle Place: Paris's Risque Red Light District
Get naughty during your next visit to Paris by visiting the notorious Pigalle Place, an epicenter of sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs and more.
Top 10 Movies Set In France
Here are Top Picks of movies set in France. Even if you can't hop a plane, you can experience the sights and sounds (even the tastes, with some imagination) of French destinations through movies shot or set in France.
Food Shopping in Nice
Food Shopping in Nice - A visitor's guide to food shops in Nice
Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Clothes...
Oh mon Dieu! Not all of us visiting Paris have the wherewithal to spend $1000 on this irresistible couture blouse, or the all-time favorite little black dress. Let us be realistic. Going on a shopping spree in Paris can be hard on our finances. Fashionistas of the world, let's sin no more, and shop smartly from now on! Here are three best-kept Paris shopping secrets.
The Skinny on Why the French Are So Thin
The French eat rich foods, drink lots of wine and smoke. So why are they so thin and fit? Find out about the French diet, and the secrets to why it works.
What to Expect from France in March: Weather,...
March can be the last chance until fall to visit France on a budget. Here's a guide to weather, events and celebrations in March.
Top French Seaside Resorts from the north coast...
France has wonderful seaside resorts, from the sophisticated north coast to the glamorous Riviera, from Le Touquet to St Tropez, Nice and Cannes.
Paris Cafe Picture Gallery
Paris cafes are possibly the most well-known image of the City of Light. The Paris Cafe is more than a place to sip coffee. It is an institution in Paris, it is a magnet for tourists, it is a cultural phenomenon. No trip to Paris is complete without a relaxing, long sit with some fascinating people-watching at a Paris cafe. Here is a gallery is some of the best or most interesting Paris cafe pictures.
How to Get on French People's Good Side
People might claim the French are rude, but they are actually very pleasant, polite and helpful. Follow these tips for bringing out the nice side of the French.
Paris Neighborhoods: Ile Saint Louis
Lots of tourists swarm THE island in Paris, home of Notre Dame Cathedral. But far too many overlook its little sister, the quaint Ile Saint Louis just a few steps away. This small island is like an oasis from the rush of the city. It is lined with adorable boutiques, cafes and is home to its own unique ice cream. There are historic attractions, and one of Paris' best hotels. Find out more about the enchanting Ile Saint Louis.
6 French Cities You'll Probably Never Visit...
Even if you are an urban addict, you don't need to confine your visit to the City of Lights for some action with these French cities.
The Top 6 Things to Do in Antibes in the South...
Guide to the top 6 things to do in Antibes from a walk through the old town to the Provencal market, from the Cap d'Antibes to Marineland and more.
See April in France with this tuide to spring...
April is a wonderful month to visit France. Check out this guide to the weather, what to pack, and what to see as Spring arrives in France.
Take in the French Countryside with the Top 6...
One of the best reasons to visit France is the wine. The world's largest wine producer, France's range of wine types, flavors and tastes is as diverse as the various wine regions in France. Here is a list of the best French wine tours to taste, tour and experience French wine and sightseeing.
Art Museums in Nice
A visitor's guide to the top artists museums in and around Nice from Renoir to Chagall, plus suggestions of nearby restaurants.
Paris Train Stations Information
There are six major train stations in Paris spread across the city. Each links to different destinations. Discover which train station you are traveling from, how to get there and which service the TGV high-speed train links to other French cities. Paris Gare de l'Est serves cities and countries to the east of Paris.
What Time Does Stuff Open in France, Anyway?
If you arrive in France, you might be coping with more than jet lag when it comes to timing. You will also discover that dining, shopping and sightseeing must bend to the French schedule. Instead of fighting it, surrender to the typical hours in France. Use this guide to ease the adjustment.
Nudism in Southwest France
There are few activities as adventurous and indulgent as nudism, and there are even fewer places with as many opportunities to explore nudism as Southwest France.
How to Make a France-Themed Gift Basket
If you know a francophile, delight him or her with a great France-themed gift basket. Here are step-by-step instructions, including links to compare prices on suggested items to use.
The 6 Paris Attractions You Must See on Your Trip
Six attractions in Paris draw a whopping 23.5 million visitors yearly. With the hundreds of museums and monuments in the grand City of Light, take this short list to be sure you catch the best spots. After all, could millions of people be THAT wrong?
A great Christmas in France which celebrates in...
Discover how the French celebrate Christmas, a traditional event that starts with Christmas markets and ends with Epiphany in January.
Visit Caen, one of Normandy's great cities
Plan a visit to Caen, Normandy. Caen is a delightful town, rebuilt after World War II, and famous for William the Conqueror, hero of the Battle of Hastings of 1066, and for the D-Day Normandy Landings in 1944.
Book a bed and breakfast in the Loire Valley
Book a charming bed and breakfast in the fabulous Loire Valley for great accommodation at good value prices. Here is a small selection of the best.
Cell Phone in France
The cell phone you use every day at home just might work while you're visiting France. It has to fit various standards first, however, and the roaming fees might be insanely high. Or it's possible you can get onto a French network for far less money. Find out how and if you can use your cell phone in France.
Top Roman Cities and Ancient Sites in France
Roman France or Gaul was vitally important to the ancient Roman Empire. The ancient Romans built magnificent cities and left marvelous engineering works. Here is my list of the top Roman sites.
How to Enjoy the Louve Museum without Getting...
The Louvre Museum in Paris is immense, and one could spend a week exploring its exhibits. Unfortunately, most of us don't have that kind of time. Find out how to get the most out of one of the world's top art museums, the Louvre Museum.
France Student Visa
One of the first major steps - and brushes with French red tape - people encounter when planning to relocate to France is applying for their French visa. Find out whether you need one, which one is best, and how to improve your chances of being well-received at the consulate. Page 2.
The Most Romantic Cities in France
If you are planning to honeymoon in France or a take special getaway with your sweetheart, use this list as your guide.
France in January is for skiing, winter sales...
Visit France in Januarywhen half the country celebrates the ski season in the glorious, snow-covered Alps and the other half enjoys the semi-annual sales.
Nice Markets
One of Nice's most divine pleasures is wandering the outdoor markets along the Cours Selaya. Find out the hours, details and themes for the various markets throughout Nice.
Hotel Eve Review
Hotel Eve is the only hotel in Cap d'Agde's popular naturist quarter. The hotel features a heated pool, a super-friendly staff, a sauna and a 24-hour lounge. Find out all the pros and cons of this nudist lodging.
France Regions
France's regions offer an immense variety of landscapes and experiences, from the urban Ile de France region that is home to Paris to rural mountain regions like the Midi Pyrenees. Here is a list of France regions, including a description of each France region and link to more information about each region of France.
Nice Carnival the Oldest in the World
Nice Carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in the world. It's a glorious 12-day party running from mid February to the end of the first week of March.
France: The Bad, Ugly and Smelly
Of course, there are wonderful things about France:people-watching at a cafe, glorious cathedrals, delicious food, historical attractions galore. But you should also be prepared for the bad, the ugly and the smelly before your visit. Find out all the gory details.
Stroll in Style with the Top 7 Travel Walking...
Whether you plan to window shop or sightsee, a comfortable pair of travel walking shoes is crucial. Here is a list of the top shoes for women.
These are some of the top gardens of France;...
The gardens at the chateau of Versailles are among the top gardens of France, with water features and fountains, statuary, lawns and grand vistas.
Have an Enchanting Adventure Visiting the Top...
The Loire Valley is a wonderful place to visit, with its châteaux being the top attraction. From the Middle Ages on the French nobles and kings built their glorious palaces along the river banks. Here is my pick of the ten you should see along the banks of the Loire River.
Visit a Champagne cellar in Reims, Epernay and...
Visiting a champagne house or a vineyard is one of the great pleasures of the region. You learn about the complex process that goes into producing champagne knowledgeable, English-speaking guides, and of course, taste the amber nectar at the end. Here is a guide to visiting Pommery and other champagne houses in Reims.
Worst 5 Rookie France Travel Mistakes
You're planning your first trip to France, and it's something you've dreamed of for years. But there are several rookie France travel mistakes that could make your visit less enjoyable, or even downright unpleasant. Hey, you don't have to look like a rookie. Here are some tips about mistakes to avoid on your first vacation in France.
France Visa
One of the first major steps - and brushes with French red tape - people encounter when planning to relocate to France is applying for the France visa. Find out whether you need a visa to stay in France, which one is best, and how to improve your chances of being well-received at the consulate.
Enjoy Nice then take a great day trip out
Nice is the Queen of the Riviera. But if you have time, try these easy days out from Nice and explore this wonderful part of southern France a little more. Start with Antibes
Top 6 Spa Resorts and Spa Villages in France
There are dozens of spas in France, ranging from upscale spa resort hotels to charming small spa villages that have relaxed visitors since the days of the Ancient Romans. Find out which spas are tops for your next ultra-relaxing vacation.
Top Luxury Shopping in Paris
Think of Paris and you think of luxury shopping. The City of Light has some of the best shopping in the world. Here is my short guide to the top luxury Paris shops from designer fashion to perfume.
Saint Paul de Vence Travel Guide and City Guide
Saint Paul de Vence is a charming hilltop fortified village in Provence, filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Find out everything you need to know before visiting this beautiful village.
Shopping in Calais
Shopping in Calais is big business, with huge hypermarkets at malls like Cite Europe. Calais is the leading shopping center in northern Europe. But there are also gems to be found in Calais itself, from lace shops to specialised delis. Check out this guide to the best shopping in Calais.
France Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is an important consideration before international (or even domestic) travel. France has been hit by storms, fires and a heat wave that killed thousands. It's enough to make a traveler a little nervous. As a visitor, it is important to determine whether you need travel medical insurance, and which plan is best, before you leave home. Here is a guide to travel insurance.
London, the UK and Paris to Reims, Capital of...
How to Get from Paris to Reims, the capital city of Champagne in the Champagne-Ardennes Region by train and car. Use this information resource to plan your journey in France.
France in May: Gorgeous Views, Weather, and So...
May is a wonderful month to visit France. Here is a guide to events, festivals and activities to keep visitors busy, including the Cannes Film Festival.
Montpellier, France
Montpellier, France is a bustling and vibrant city in the South of France often overshadowed by neighboring cities in Provence,but it is well worthy of a visit. The city is beautiful, filled with architecture and rich in history. It's lined with boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and dotted with magnificent squares. Here is a guide to the city of Montpellier, France.
Cost of Travel Hotels and Accommodations -...
Cost of Travel Accommodation - France Hotel Price Guide - Travel Accommodation Price Bands
Map of France
Consult this detailed map of France, which is ideal for planning your trips throughout France between the major French cities. The map displays travel times both by train and by road. Get help planning your France travel itinerary with this map of France travel times.
Find yourself a great beach from St Tropez to...
You'll find the best beaches on the eastern part of the Mediterranean between Saint-Tropez and Menton in this guide. Running along the Cote d'Azur, they range from small pebbled coves to sandy stretches.
The Top 5 Movies about D-Day
There are several movies that attempt to capture the intensity of the D-Day Invasion. Relive that day in history with these top films about D-Day.
Good cheap local restaurants in Nice
Good, cheap restaurants in Nice. Try this guide to where you can eat great value food just like a local in the old town of Nice.
Suggestions for easy to organise great day...
If you want a short trip outside Paris, try any of these suggestions. You can go for a day trip, or stay overnight for easy sightseeing outside the capital.
Winter sightseeing in the Loire Valley chateaux
The magnificent castles or chateaux that line the mighty River Loire are a major attraction in summer. But happily, some stay open in the winter as well. And in winter, you have the rooms to yourselves so you feel the ghosts of the great figures of the past walking beside you through the echoing, empty rooms. Here are four of the most magnificent that remain open.
Drink Beaujolais Nouveau on the stroke of...
Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released at midnight on the third Thursday of November. Discover where to celebrate the new wine, its origins and mystique.
The 9 Best Bistros in Nice
Top Ten Bistros in Nice - a visitor's guide to restaurants with traditional local and Provençal cooking
Herb Mixture to Make - Make Your Own Herbes de...
Herbs de Provence -Make your own Herbes de Provence and bring home a taste of France. Herbes de Provence is an easy to make mixture using dried herbs and brings a real European taste to barbecued meats.
The best French beaches from the north to the Med
The best beaches in France from the North to the naturist Atlantic resorts and the Mediterranean hotspots. The guide starts at the north coast.
France Travel in November and Christmas Markets
A Guide to France in November, what to pack, what weather to expect and some of the exciting festivals and events to look out for.
Wearing Sneakers in France
American tourists are concerned about ‘not fitting in’ with inappropriate shoes. Find out what is and isn't appropriate for travelers when visiting France.
Top Attractions in and around Lille
Lille is one of north France’s most attractive cities to visit. When it became European capital of culture in 2004, it took on a new lease of life. Today the capital of French Flanders is full of attractions, both in the city and nearby. Here is my list of the top attractions in Lille.
Why Lourdes Is France's Second-Biggest Tourist...
Lourdes, France is a bustling Pyrenees village, best known for famous Virgin Mary sightings, that is central to several other great cities and attractions. Lourdes is second only to Paris in the number of hotel rooms available in a single city in France.
Nice for Food Lovers
Nice for Food Lovers. If you're a foodie, Nice on the Mediterranean coast is for you. Here is a guide to market shopping, dining and a great cooking class.
Don't Go to France Without Some Good Men's...
When traveling, there is one packing item that is easily one of the most important: good travel walking shoes. Men, don't be fooled into thinking you can just toss a pair of sneakers or work shoes in your suitcase and be content. Traveling means heavy-duty walking, and comfort is key. It also means shoes that are prepared for anything, be it hiking the Alps, climbing hundreds of stairs to the top of Notre Dame or a fine dinner.
Top attractions in the Loire Valley from Anjou...
The Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of France’s most popular regions. Here is my choice of the top ten attractions of chateaux, gardens, vineyards, and activities like cycling the Loire a velo route.
Paris Travel Guide and City Guide
Paris, the city of light, is filled with thousands of hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants. Get help focusing on where to stay, where to eat, where to go and more basics before you go to Paris.
Top attractions in fabulous, maritime Bordeaux
Here are my top 10 attractions and things to do in Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage City. It's beautiful, historic and vibrant, great for a short visit.
Top 10 Budget Paris Hotels
Paris is one of the world's most expensive cities, but it's also one of the top tourist attractions. Find out how to conserve your cash for the finer thinks, like a fabulous dinner or incredible shopping, with this list of the best budget, cheap paris hotels. It features high-quality cheap places to stay in Paris.
Take this 3-day suggested itinerary in Nice to...
This Nice itinerary of a 3-day tour takes you into the old town with its colorful daily Cours Saleya market. Walk throuth the historic cobbled narrow streets and alleyways, visit som eof the fabulous sites and have lunch on a pavement terrace.
Have you visited these 9 French cities? They're...
Aix-en-Provence is one of France's most beautiful cities. Check out this guide to the top cities you should visit, both large and small.
Top 7 Wall Maps of France
France wall maps are a great way to decorate your home while paying homage to France. It's also a great way to teach France's geography, to plan your next trip to France, or to show off where you've been during your own visits and tours of France. Here are the best wall maps of France and Paris.
Get from Paris or the UK to Rouen for a...
How to get from Paris to Rouen, the capital of Normandy, by rail, car, ferry and Eurolines. Use this information resource to plan your journey in France.
Languedoc Roussillon Region of France
The Languedoc Roussillon Region of France is an undiscovered gem filled with breathtaking coastline, some of France's best cuisine, rich Medieval history and amazing architecture like chateaux (castles) and cathedrals. Find out the basics of visiting the Languedoc Roussillon Region of France.
Largest French Cities
The largest French cities feature a wide variety of wonderful French destinations, from the most-visited Paris to the Mediterranean city of Nice to the German-influenced Strasbourg. Here is a list of the largest French cities.
Gardens in the Western Loire Valley and where...
The western end of the Loire Valley region is centered around Blois and Tours and takes in the Loir-et-Cher and Indre-et-Loire departments. Here you'll find gracious chateaux and some wonderful gardens. Chaumont is famous both for its beautiful white chateau overlooking the river, and for its gardens and annual international garden festival which takes place from April to October.
Maps of France
Maps of France and Paris are a must if you plan to visit. You can find rail and train maps, an interactive map of major French cities, online France country maps, lists of top road atlases and Paris city maps and more in this index of maps of France and Paris.
London and Paris to Caen by train, car, bus,...
How to get to Caen in Normandy by train, car, bus, ferry and flight. Use this information resource to plan your journey in France.
Disgusting to us, delicacies to the French. Try...
10 French foods most of us consider disgusting but the French consider as delicacies. You should try them once; you might become very French in your tastes.
Check out this Guide to Provence in southern...
Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur – a visitor’s guide to the south of France.
The 1918 Armistice Museum in a Railway Carriage...
The Armistice Museum and Memorial, Compiegne -- Guide to the Memorial in North France where the armistice was signed in 1918.
France Long-Stay Visa
One of the first major steps - and brushes with French red tape - people encounter when planning to relocate to France is applying for their French visa. Find out whether you need one, which one is best, and how to improve your chances of being well-received at the consulate. Page 3.
New Year's Eve in Paris and other French Cities
The French really know how to celebrate New Year's, whether it's clubbing in Paris or the sublime midnight grape-picking event in the Midi Pyrenees. Find out how to plan a New Year's Eve visit to France, and which events and festivals are planned for the turn of the new year.
The 10 Most Romantic Paris Hotels: A Guide for...
Paris is filled with cozy, intimate romantic hotels and accomodations. Be sure you get the best with this list of top romantic Paris hotels.
France's carnivals are some of the best in the...
Limoux Carnival in Languedoc-Roussillon is the world’s longest running carnival, although it takes place at weekends twice a day and once in the evening until the last week when it becomes a daily feast. Limoux Carnival runs from mid January to just before Easter.
Pictures of Lyon
A photo gallery of lyon france
How to Avoid Acting Like a Tourist
When in France, if you do as the French do you will probably have a much more enjoyable experience. Besides, is it really so bad to enjoy a long lunch? Or have your coffee in the cafe instead of rushing around with a to-go cup. Don't fight the French system, embrace the culture and you will look far less like a tourist.
Here are the major jazz festivals in France in...
Top Summer French Jazz Festivals. It began in World War I with soldiers who were black musicians bringing their new music to Europe followed by the likes of Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong.
Visiting Limoux, France
Most of the world credits the invention of sparkling wine to the Champagne region, and to Dom Perignon. The legend, and possible real story, is far more interesting. According to Limoux natives, it was really invented there when Blanquette was created. When the great dom passed through, he stole the idea, they allege. No matter who is right, Limoux is a lovely small town with a big heart in the Languedoc. It is home to one of Europe's most popular Carnavals.
Pau, France
What Pau, France lacks in personality it makes up for with location. While the city is a bit drab, its surroundings are not. Much like nearby Tarbes in the Midi-Pyrenees, the city itself doesn’t have too much to offer and is a little dreary in spots. Its best features are some of its historic attractions such as the history-rich and impressive Chateau de Pau. But it is a short hour drive to the sea and the Spanish border. It is right at the doorstep of the mountains.
Normandy - Visiting Bayeux, one of Normandy's...
The Bayeux Tapestry has long been one of the world's great treasures. In a wonderful series of stories, like a medieval comic, it tells the story of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066.
France is the best country for landscape,...
Reasons to visit France run from the the diverse landscape, great cities, hilltop villages and the best food and wine in the world to great shopping and top festivals.
Top Events in France in December
Guide to the top December Events in France from the Lyon Festival of Light to Disneyland Paris.
Guide to Lille in North France
Lille in north France is an attractive, lively city. It makes a perfect short break if you’re coming from the U.K. on Eurostar or by ferry, and the city is just a couple of hours drive north of Paris, and only one hour by TGV. It has a good selection of restaurants, plenty of excellent accommodation, a lively nightlife, good shopping and many attractions.
Plan a trip to France in February and check out...
February in France can be whatever you choose it to be. In the Pyrennees and the Alps, the slopes beckon as this is peak ski season. It may be cold in the north, but it’s pleasant on the Mediterranean. This is bargain time to fly to France, with airfares, hotel and package deals all on offer. The sales are still on and there's the fabulous Carnival celebrations. And as February is synomymous with romance, visit St. Valentin in Indres, or spend the time in the most romantic city in the world - Paris.
Top Attractions in Deauville on the Normandy...
Top attractions in the chic seaside resort of Deauville on the Normandy Coast. Deauville, just 2 hours from Paris and with easy access to the U.K., makes the perfect short break destination.
France Itinerary of Major Cities
This France itinerary is ideal for those who seek out urban adventures, taking travelers along a route that hits some of France's major cities. Start your France itinerary in the French capital of Paris, then hit major cities east, south and west. Before your trip, consult this France Itinerary of Major Cities.
Troyes is romantic, medieval and has great...
Troyes is a well-preserved medieval town with old streets of restored, colorful half-timbered houses. It's easy to get to and has small historic hotels.
Blois in the Loire Valley
Blois, which is roughly half way between Orleans and Tours in the Loire Valley, makes a perfect center for exploring the gorgeous towns with their impressive chateaus (castles) nearby. Blois is a delightful city in its own right, dominated by the huge Chateau de Blois in the center of the town. From here the winding streets spread out, full of old houses, cafes, shops and restaurants, making Blois a lively city. This guide will tell you more about Blois and its top attractions.
Fortified Medieval Villages of Southern France
Revisit the Middle Ages with a trip to one of Southern France's medieval villages, filled with castles, moats, spires and more.
Euro vs. Dollar
As the U.S. dollar dips in value and is worth less in euros, American travelers will have to fork over more cash for hotels, dining and shopping while in France and other European nations. Any trip to France means considering the issue of euro vs. dollar for American travelers.
Stay in a Castle: The Top 7 French Chateau Hotels
Live like true royalty during your next visit to France. This country, with its rich history of elegant architecture and magestic castles, features several great castles that are open for overnight guests. As elegant as that sounds, some of these chateau hotels aren't insanely expensive. All the chateaux on this list of top French castle hotels bring guests a taste of the good life in old fashioned style and atmosphere.
Arras is great so check out this guide to the...
Arras, capital of the Artois region of northern France, is best known for its spectacular Grand’Place and the smaller but delightful place des Heros. One of the prettiest towns in northern France, it was also vital in World War I, and contains the famous Wellington Quarry.
Your Nifty Guide to Visiting Nice, France
Nice is a wonderful French Riviera city, and a popular destination for couples,honeymooners and sun-worshipers.Learn the basics of a Nice vacation.
Paris needn't be expensive; see what great free...
Paris may be one of the world’s most expensive cities but you can have a wonderful time without spending much. Here is my selection of just some of the best free things to do.
Loire Valley Gardens
The Loire Valley, more than most places in the world, personifies the good life. This garden region of France is nourished by the Loire, Eure, Cher and Loiret rivers, and it boasts well maintained and manicured outdoor spaces inspired by generations of talented gardeners, whose lives’ work it was to beautify the gardens of kings.
Why France in June is a Great Time to Visit
June is a wonderful time to visit France with fewer crowds, beautiful weather, and great events. Find out more about visiting France in June.
What Not to Do in France
If you've not been to France before, then your first trip can seem daunting. And even if you're a regular visitor, there are always things to remember. So here is a guide to help you through some of the ways of the French and make your vacation relaxed and pleasant.
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The UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France cover Cathedrals and Sacred Sites, areas like the Loire Valley and whole towns. Here is a list of 12 from the 41 sites in France.
Eurostar between London, Paris and Lille
A guide to Eurostar trains between London, Paris and Lille. Eurostar also goes to Brussels and connects to many other French cities as well as the most popular French ski resorts.
France Work Visa
One of the first major steps - and brushes with French red tape - people encounter when planning to relocate to France is applying for their French visa. Find out whether you need one, which one is best, and how to improve your chances of being well-received at the consulate. Page 4.
The Must-See French Town You've Overlooked
Bordeaux, France goes relatively unnoticed by tourists, but they are missing out on a thriving city filled with shops, amazing historic attractions and nestled in the heart of wine country. Bordeaux, France boasts vinotherapie (wine therapy) spas. It has a large and charming pedestrian zone. Find out more about visiting luscious and lovely Bordeaux, France.
Top Markets in the South of France from...
Shopping in a local market is one of the great pleasures of a French vacation and Provence has some of the best markets in the whole country. Here is my guide to the major markets in Provence, from fresh flowers to fish, from brocante to antiques.
La Rochelle is full of history, old buildings,...
A Tour of La Rochelle, a maritime city on the west coast of France where the Museum of the New World shows the links to the Americas.
Some of the newer World War I Memorials in France
This tour takes you from the new military cemetery at Fromelles to a rediscovered tank from the Battle of Cambrai and Wilfred Owen's grave.

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