Ready for exploring France? Got off the plane, booked into a room or B&B somewhere, took out your walking shoes and ready to go?
Where to go? Let's get going!
Of course you'll want to “do Paris”, everyone does, it's part of exploring France and what would a trip to France be without the mandatory photo of you and loved ones standing in front of the Eiffel tower? Or rather, in front of one of it's legs, since it's so very big that you have be quite far away from it to be able to capture it and you in the same photo.
So, Paris......The Eiffel tower, Notre Dame cathedral, the Louvre, the Champs Elysées, the Tuileries gardens, the Opéra, the grands boulevards, la Place de la Concorde, and the list goes on. Pretty much any guide book will be of use for you here. It's been documented over and over again.
Depending on your desires, interests, time frame and available cash, you'll stay in Paris for 2, 3, 4 or more days.
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But a trip to France which only “does Paris” is like a trip the USA for a European who only goes to New York City. Cool, but truly representative of the USA? Not really. You need to get out of the city to see France.
Good! You won't be able to get away from it.
Every village has it's own historical claim to fame, whether it be in the shape of a castle (chateau), ancient church, garden or museum. Sometimes it's just a really, really old Roman road, or amphitheater.
And of course there is Versailles, its history, its King (the Sun King), and its link to the French Revolution.
Romance and romantic atmosphere is what this country is all about!
Setting the scene with excellent food and fabulous wines, l'amour is everywhere and, of course, it's French.
The region of Alsace is loaded with romance. Read about my visit and why I think Alsace is so romantic!
But everywhere has something, so whichever region you choose to invest your time in will come up with numerous possibilities.
I'll mostly be concentrating on northern France since that's where I live and what I know best.
In Dieppe, we have a kite festival every two years. It's called the Dieppe International Kite Festival, and you can read about it here.
There are so many things to do and see in France!
Which ones are your favorites?
Are there any that you don't recommend?
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