Best French Experiences You Can Ever Have
How will you spend your holiday in France? Will you loiter around in cafés and shops of Paris? Will you take a tour through history in the Loire Valley châteaux? Will you indulge in delicious meals at the gastronomic capital, Lyon, of the country? Or do you plan to have no plan at all, and get lost in the fascinating hamlets and villages of France? Well, here are a few more suggestions to help you have the most memorable vacation of your life.
Walk like the Parisians do
“Le Flâneur” is a lovely word that the French have made up for a person on a walk, without a destination. It does not matter how and where you wander, you are likely to come across some place magical when you are roaming around in Paris. The Cour du Commerce Saint Andre is the most splendid spot, should you choose to head to the Left Bank.
When it comes to glamour and luxury, Paris is the Queen of all. So, go window shopping on the Avenue Montaigne where you will come across all sorts of brands, ranging from Celine to Chanel. In France, window shopping is called leche-vitrine, which means licking the windows. So, after you are done window-licking, feast yourself to a delicious meal at Le Grand Vefour, which is the city’s most fabulous restaurant. A lunch will cost you around a hundred euros.
If you feel like being a Rothschild without having to spend any money, then stroll down the fabulous theatre and lavish lobby of the PalaisGarnier, which dates back to the 19th century. You can see the immortal dancers of Degas and Haunt of the Phantom for free between 10 am to 4.30 pm daily. Get tickets if you wish to visit in the evening.
Place des Vosges
The most spectacular square of Paris is the Places des Vosges of the 17th century. No restaurant can compare to its amazing décor. So, go picnicking in this beautiful square. You can get your own food at the Marche d’Aligre, which is off the Rue du Faubourg St-Antoine. Sit on a bench while enjoying the fabulous décor of the square, and the delicious flavours of your French meal.
If you are a nature lover, and appreciate fine gardening, then you must visit Giverny where you can go to Monet’s 8-acre gardens. Savour the fabulous gardens and house of the Impressionist painter of the 19th century. Monet spent years perfecting these gardens, which would serve as inspiration for his painting. You might have seen t-shirts, photos, and posters of Monet’s art, but nothing can beat the beauty of the gardens seen with the naked eye. For more details, visit the website at www.giverny.org.
The Châteaux of Versailles
Versailles is renowned for its amazing châteaux that echo the dramatic past of its ancient residents. Each year, in fall and summer, pyrotechnical shows that are choreographed exquisitely are held in the humongous gardens of Versailles’ châteaux. The shows are accompanied by dance performances and beautiful music that will be a treat for your ears. These excellent evenings are sure to leave you feeling pleased, don’t you think? For more details, visit the website at www.chateauversailles.fr.
Hike up the Mont Saint Michel
A medieval village of the Benedictine abbey crowns the glorious coastline of Normandy. To get a bird’s eye view of this spectacular scene, suit up for a climb up the Mont Saint Michel. You will not regret it. For more details, visit the website at mont-saint-michel.monuments-nationaux.fr.
The French Riviera
Discover this side paradise of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald at the Riviera. When he could not afford the extravagances of his life in New York anymore, Scott moved with his family to the French Riviera, which was deserted and cheap at that time. There, he penned ‘Gatsby’, which was the 20th century’s most defining novel. Visit the couple’s villa in Saint Raphael, stay in Juan les Pins at their hotel, and visit places such as the Villa Eilenroc. For details, visit www.antibes-juanlespins.com. If you fancy golf, then visit the Valescure Golf Club, which is shaded by pines, and well-known for its clubhouse designed in the Old English style. If you want to dine with celebrities, then visit the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc.
Hansel and Gretel villages will emerge every now and then as you travel down the famous Wine Road of Alsace. Each of the village is home to a wine bistro that will serve you with delicious treats of choucroutegarnie. The Ribeauville and Riquewihr inns are known to serve the most tantalizing food of all. For details, visit the website at www.ribeauville-riquewihr.com.
Drink up some bubbly
The excellent Champagne houses of Reims and Epernay (including Taittinger and Mumm) including the smaller establishments that are run by families offer tastings and tours to their visitors. So if you are a fan of this famous bubbly, then head down the Champagne Road and it will lead you to the one of the best experiences. For more details, visit the website at www.tourisme-en-champagne.com.
The Côte d’Azur celebrates festival time in February with lively processions on the streets, and a bonfire for Nice’s Mardi-Gras Carnaval (for details, visit www.nicecarnaval.com). Or if it suits your mood, walk along Fête du Citron’s parade floats that are decked with citrus (for details, visit www.feteducitron.com).
Bike Tour of Loire Valley
Mushroom growers and wine caves are nestled away in cliff-side dwellings that you can discover after passing lush gardens and royal châteaux along the Loire River. It will be like a treasure hunt. So get a bike and go hunting! For details, visit www.vbt.com.
Immerse in purple
Between the months of June and September, join in with crowds of lavender lovers, and take the Lavender Road, which connects top sights such as Coustellet’sMusee de la Lavande, the famous market of Forcalquier, and the Abbaye Notre Dame de Senaque. For details, visit www.routes-lavande.com.
Located at Mont Blanc’s foot is the Chamonix ski station, which hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924. All outdoor activities during winter can be best engaged in at this ski station. So, if you are interested in going on an adventure, then this is the place for you. For details, visit the website at www.chamonix.com.
Modern Art Road
If you are an art lover, then start your tour of the Modern Art Road from Arles, Antibes, or Aix. Along your way you will explore picturesque villages that have been preserved forever by Van Gogh and Cezanne in their amazing works. For a memory, pose below the Picassos in Colombe d’Or inn for a lovely shot. For details, visit www.la-colombe-dor.com.
This fortified city of the region of Languedoc-Roussillon has been preserved perfectly. 53 towers and two rings of ramparts protect Carcassone, which is considered among the country’s most romantic medieval settings. Visit the website at www.carcassonne.org for more details.
This renowned festival is held every summer, including theatre performances in thousands. The performances are held throughout the city. The unofficial festival features hundreds of theatre performances as well. For more details, visit the website at www.festival-avignon.com.
Tour de France
This is a famous cycling competition that requires no tickets to watch. The cycling track follows some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. You can join in the excitement of the race, or enjoy your own picnic while bikers race by.