France can best be described in one word: beautiful.
Everywhere you look there is stunning architecture or lovely flower gardens.
Wherever you go in France you will be greeted with aromas of some of the best
food in the world. A trip to France is the perfect time to throw caution to the
wind and indulge in a French pastry or a diverse cheese. France is filled with
many great destinations.
Weather in France: Generally cool winters and mild summers. However, along the coast it is a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. In summer a good rule is lightweight clothing with a sweater and in winter warm woollens plus a raincoat.
Shopping in France: Best buys are on perfume, clothing, lace, crystal/glass, china, silk scarves and ties, gloves, cheeses, coffee, wines, spirits and liqueurs. The French shopper is one of the most demanding, so you can expect to find quality and choice. Paris reigns supreme as the fashion capital of the world, famous for its haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing and accessories. For more modestly priced clothing visit department stores Printemps and the Galeries Lafayette near the Opéra, the Bazar Hôtel de Ville (BHV) and the Samaritaine on the Right Bank, and the Bon Marché on the Left Bank.
Paris: The Seine River divides Paris into two halves, the right and left bank. The Right Bank conjures up an image of bourgeois respectability. Historically the stronghold of merchants and royalty, it remains today the home of commerce and government. Faubourg Saint Honoré offers the luxury of ‘haute couture’ and jewelry shops, also the authority of the President’s palace, while the Champs Élysées claims the shops, film, advertising and airline companies.
The Left Bank, in complete contrast, has always had a bohemian and intellectual image dating back to the founding of the university and the monasteries. Today, the Sorbonne, the Académie Francaise, the publishing houses and a myriad of book shops continue to exude an intellectual magnetism. Left Bank theaters typically prefer avant-garde drama.
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Marseille is the main port in France. The overall city is eccentric. Visitors can spend an afternoon at one of the area’s museums or purchase crafts or trinkets from nearby vendors. Marseille is the second largest city in France and there’s plenty to see and do throughout the area.
Bordeaux is known for its fabulous wine. It’s the perfect spot to take a wine tour or sample some of the local fare at one of the many cafes.
Caen is a cosmopolitan city that’s filled with busyness. There are a lot of WWII memorials available for individuals to visit. There’s also quite a few beaches within about 20 minutes of the city.
Millions of people visit Lourdes every year. The city is centered on religious traditions. Individuals can visit the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or attend mass in one of the many churches. The Cirque de Gavarnie is a great place to see an absolutely magnificent mountain view.
Lyon is best known for its fabulous cuisine and being one of the top silk producers in the world. A visit to Lyon is perfect for those that appreciate culinary delights and delicacies. Many of the restaurants serve dishes like tripe and quenelles. There’s also plenty of shops for visitors to browse in after they are done with their meal. The Galerie le Reverbere has many contemporary photographs and pieces of artwork on display. There’s anything from sculptures to paintings available to view.
Nice is all about relaxation and sunshine. It’s a pretty affordable place for travelers to visit as well. One of the most beautiful attractions in Nice is the Cours Saleva Flower Market. It’s open every day of the week except for Mondays. The Matisse Museum has a vast array of artist, Henry Matisse’s work. The Riviera shoreline is a perfect spot to take some pictures or just take in the beauty of Nice.
Paris is probably the most well-known city in all of France. It’s full of romance and history. For those visiting the area they must see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles. Luxembourg Gardens is the perfect place to relax in the sun or sip some wine on a picnic blanket with a loved one. No trip to Paris is complete without taking a boat ride down the Siene River.
An escorted tour is the best way to see France. There’s so much to see and do in this country that it may be difficult for tourists to determine where to go. Highlights of some of our tours will include visiting the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral or seeing some diverse museums in Avignon. A guided tour will allow you to choose the perfect activities to suite your budget and taste.