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FRANCE

FrENCH COUSINE HAS been recognised as an intangible UNESCO cultural heritage, ARE YOU GOING TO MISS IT? 

OCTOBER 2019

General Tips to travel to France

Your first words in French:
Hello: Salut
Goodbye: Au revoir
Please: S’il Vous plait
Thank you: Merci
Yes/No: Oui/ Non
Currency: Euros (EUR) since 2002
Population: 66, 99 million
Main religion: Christianity
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, France is the number 60 out of 163 countries.
Solo female traveler: Safe. During the day this country is safe for solo female travelers. There is a lot of activity and party during the night until the early morning. Try not to go back to the accommodation alone at night to avoid problems.

Climate

France has different types of climate depending on the area, it could be the Mediterranean, continental or Atlantic climate.

The Atlantic climate

It affects the western part of the country (Normandie). This climate is characterized by small variations in temperatures and a lot of rain. There are fresh summers and cold winters. During the summer, temperatures go from 12ºC to 26ºC (53,6 ºF to 78,8 ºF) and during winter months, temperatures fall between 0ºC and 7ºC (32 ºF and 44ºF).

The Mediterranean climate

This climate affects the south of the country with warm summers with temperatures of 23ºC-35ºC (73,4 ºF-95 ºF) and mild winters with temperatures of 6ºC-14ºC (42,8 ºF – 57,2 ºF).

The continental climate

It affects the center of the country and it is characterized by warm summers reaching temperatures of 23ºC-35ºC ( 73,4 ºF -95 º F)   and cold and rainy winters with temperatures between 0ºC and 7ºC (32 ºF and 44,6 ºF).

Accommodation

There are a lot of choices for accommodation in France. You can find well-located hostels for backpackers in the cities for around 11-14$/night. There are also a lot of choices of mid-budget hotels and apartments for prices between 22-27 $/night.

Transport

By plane

There are a lot of international airports in France where you will be able to pick a flight to every country in Europe and outside the continent. International airports are: Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris-Orly (ORY), Burdeos (Bordeaux) (BOD), Lille (LIL) (Lesquin), Lyon (LYS) (Lyon-Saint-Exupéry), Marsella (Marseille) (MRS) (Marseille-Marignane), Niza (Nice) (Nice-Côte d’Azur) (NCE), Nantes (NTE), Estrasburgo (Strasbourg) (SXB), Toulouse (TLS) (Blagnac).If you are lucky, you could find cheap offers to travel by plain inside the country.

Local transport

Transport by bus in France is very cheap, with Blabla Bus (Ouibus before) you could find trips from 1$ one way.

Also, a common way of traveling in France is by using the App BlaBla Car. If you have never heard of it, let me explain it briefly: It is an app where a driver uploads their route and then, you can book a place in their car to travel with them in case it matches their route.

What do people gain with BlaBla Car? Cheap transportation and meeting new people.

In case you want more flexibility, you have hundreds of options to rent a car. Probably the best option is managing it at the moment you arrive at the airport.

Food

France is well known for its patisserie. The most famous sweets are Croissants and Macarons. Macarons are mainly made of almond, egg, and sugar, they are delicious!!

Talking about salty dishes:

  • Quiche Lorraine: it is a type of salty pie. It is mainly elaborated with eggs, cooking cream, a mix of vegetables and meat of different kinds.
  • Ratatouille: this dish is a very good option for vegetarian or vegan travelers. It is a mix of stewed vegetables such as tomato, garlic, peppers, onion, zucchini, and eggplant.
  • Foie gras: this product is a preparation of the hypertrophied liver of a duck or goose.

Do not forget your baguette to accompany every meal! Also, you may want to finish your meal with a selection of French cheese.

5 things to do in France

Tour Eiffel

One of the most famous towers in the world! You cannot miss it! Designed by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier, it is located in the field of Mars on the banks of the River Seine.

Eiffel-tower-France

Mont Saint Michele

The bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is the theater of the greatest tides in continental Europe. In Mount-Saint-Michele there is a palace that is surrounded by water. Actually you can only access the palace when the tide is low.

Mount-saint-michael-France

Enjoy some days on the blue coast

When I talk about the blue coast, I mean heavenly towns on the coast with incredible temperature. Two of the main towns are Cannes and Nice.

Surfing in Biarritz

Enjoy the incredible waves in Biarritz and the great ambiance of the city.

 Biarritz-France

Disneyland Paris

Become a child again and rediscover the amazing world of Disneyland!

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