There is definitely a perfect reason why France is one of the world’s most visited countries. Aside from witnessing those iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame Cathedral, the country is also known for its fine cuisine and rich friendly culture that everybody can easily embrace. France also houses some of the world’s finest museums that are worth visiting and a bunch of heritage sites to marvel.
With so many things to see and to explore, making your trip to France memorable is never a big challenge. The city of Paris alone has so many marvelous places to offer that staying for a week or two may not be enough to explore them all. Aside from the romantic place of Paris, no one should miss the striking Notre Dame De La Garde in Marseille or the stunning field of Lavender in Provence. The historical medieval island – Le Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy is also beyond imagination. You can also perfectly match your trip by staying in equally remarkable accommodations. There are many luxury homes in France that you can rent during your stay and they all offer cozy and luxurious atmosphere that can make your vacation even more memorable.
Allow me to list down things you can do to make your Trip in France more unforgettable!
Explore the unspoiled places in France
Visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the 800 hectare Garden in Versailles is probably on top of your bucket list. I, myself will make sure to include all the popular destinations in Paris in my itinerary. I will personally utilize my time to visit all the famous spots in the country despite knowing the fact that you will be greeted with overwhelming amount of tourists. Take note that there are over 80 million tourists visiting France annually.
Sometimes, you really have to think out of the box so why not explore those places in France that you would never thought to visit but surprisingly, you should! Visiting the Loire Valley for an instance will literally transform your fantasies into reality. There are over 300 chateaux in Loire Valley alone which were built during the 10th and 20th century for French Kings and other nobles. It is a one-of-a-kind medieval-inspired adventure that will seemingly take you back in time. You can explore the area on foot or by car or better yet avail a hot air balloon ride and embrace the magnificent view of its rich heritage.
Pick the Right Season
There are four seasons in France; winter, spring, summer and autumn. Interestingly, France is an ideal country to visit regardless of the season due to the overwhelming amount of annual or seasonal festivities you can witness or be part of. The country has four climatic zones and each offers their own variety of fauna and flora. The colorful and festive King of the Five Continent carnival is celebrated every spring in Nice, France while the famous Wine Festival in Bordeaux is held every summer.
Summer is also the ideal time to visit Provence as the lavender in Luberon blooms at its gracious state. The magnificent lavender fields will paint the town in purple, an incomparable experience no one should miss. If you are a wine lover, then autumn is the best time to visit the historic province of Beaujolais which is known for their long tradition of wine making. They celebrate the New Beaujolais Festival in which wine makers open their doors to visitors and let them taste their vintage wines! If you are up for adventure, you might want to embark yourself in some extreme hiking in French Alps in winter.
Interact with the Locals and Embrace Their Culture
You can capture those wonderful places with your camera and save all the picture-worthy destinations through your photographs but nothing can make your trip even more unforgettable than those memories of moments you have made and experienced in your journey and the friendship you established during your trip. One of the most wonderful things about traveling is the fact that you are breaking boundaries by interacting with the people you encounter along the way and creating a special bond.
Never hesitate to ask question and interact with the local people. Although the general number of people in France speaks French, it is still considered an English-friendly country. Dig into their rich culture and beliefs and explore everything you could possibly learn and engage with. You can also share your own culture with them and create a wonderful connection.
Experience the Luxury and Fine Dining
More than their romantic places, France is also known for its fine cuisine! French cuisine is considered to be one of the best compared to others and they are simply made to perfection. Their distinctive flavor and tempting aroma are perfectly blending together and tasting them is definitely a must when visiting France. You can start your meal with a tasty Baguette or indulge with their signature onion soup. You can have a delicious “Coq au vin” (Chicken with wine) or the well-known beef bourguignon for main course. You can perfectly conclude your meal with a scrumptious Mousse au Chocolat (Chocolate Mousse). Of course a French cuisine will not be completed without matching it with their fine wines! Bon Apetit!
To maximize your experience, you can rent those cozy luxury homes too during your stay. They will definitely offer you a luxurious accommodation and unforgettable experience during your stay. These luxury houses are often strategically located allowing you to enjoy every minute of your stay.
Do not Set Expectations but Prepare for Surprises!
Just because you saw a picture of certain place on a magazine doesn’t mean it looks exactly the same when you see it with your own naked eyes. Of course, these photos are often taken by professional photographers and they know exactly where to angle their camera to make the place look more inviting. To avoid any disappointments, you should never set any expectations but you must always prepare for surprises.
France has so many great places to offer and every corner seems like a picture-worthy destination. Whether you are exploring the country alone or along with your family or friends, your trip will surely become unforgettable! If you are into writing then you might as well document your travel, input all the things you have learned or better yet write a book and share your experiences with others! Bonne journée!