Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

France travel guide 250The France travel blog articles below will help you to choose the right places to visit in France on your holiday.   There are plenty of French tips and France travel ideas to help you plan the perfect French holiday. 


When deciding where to visit in France there are endless possibilities with each region of France offering its own unique charm.  I hope you find the articles below helpful.

 

 

Bayeux really took me by surprise. I was keen to see the Bayeux Tapestry and visit a couple of the War Cemeteries which is why I headed for the town but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy my visit to Bayeux as much as I did. There are so many things to see and do in Bayeux that our day-long visit wasn’t really long enough.

Being a garden lover, a visit to Monet’s Garden at Giverny, about an hour from Paris, had long been on my wish list. Half day tours by coach from Paris to Giverny are available from Paris (click here to check the details) but I’d never been able to squeeze another day into my stays in the French capital to allow time for this so when a drive to Normandy was on the itinerary this year, it made perfect sense to stop en-route and finally visit Monet’s Garden.

Some of France’s most photographed and famous villages belong to the association known as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (the Most Beautiful Villages in France). Think Gordes, Menerbes, Domme, Riquewihr and Saint-Guilhelm-le-Desert to name just a few. Equally as worthy of a visit, though, are the other members of this exclusive association and one such village that I discovered recently was Peyre in the Aveyron department of France.

 

The Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame - these are just some of the must-see attractions that I'd ticked off on previous visits to Paris. With five days to spend in Paris this year it was time to visit some new haunts and add to my Parisian experiences, so what did I choose to do?

One of the best ways to get around Paris is by Metro – the underground railway system. Trains are frequent, clean and the whole system is very efficient but buying tickets can cause some apprehension amongst non-French speaking tourists. Have no fear, though, as the ticket machines offer instructions in English!  Simply choose your language of choice (French, English or Spanish) on the touch screen and follow the simple steps to purchase your Paris Metro ticket.

Nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct built nearly 2000 years ago. It’s sheer size, and the realisation that this huge structure was built without any of today’s modern technology, is almost hard to comprehend.

Whilst staying near Beaune in Burgundy a few years ago, we came across Chateau de Cormatin and decided to stop in for a visit. We arrived mid-afternoon, just in time for the last guided tour of the day, and then had time to wander around the lovely gardens. It was a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.

On the few occasions I have stayed in Olonzac in France's Languedoc region, one of the highlights of the visit is always the weekly market.  My husband and I are part owners in a holiday home in Olonzac and some of the stalls of the Tuesday market are literally right outside our front door. There's nothing better than opening the shutters in the morning and looking out over the frantic activity below as stall holders set up their stalls, lay out their goods and chatter with shoppers.

With only a couple of days in the Alsace region of France, I didn't have much time to spend in Colmar but in the few short hours I was there, I quickly realised why it is such a popular town with tourists from all over the world - it is absolutely gorgeous!