France – Love in the heart of Europe
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Paris - The real masterpiece
You can't imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower. In fact, it is the only creation of Gustav Eiffel, provisionally built for the World Fair in 1889. Other sights in this iconic city are the Louvre museum, famous for its fabulous collection of paintings and the beautiful monument, the Arc de Triomphe.
Versailles - The royal residence
Visiting Versailles you will meet "the embodiment of abundance." The magnificent palace is located about 16 km from Paris. Over the centuries it has been home to kings and queens, and today is a symbol of the French aristocracy. The former royal residence, principally associated with King Lui XIV, presents an era of progress of the French history.
Lyon - The ancient town of the French resort
Starting your walk from the Saint-Jean Cathedral and continuing through the picturesque narrow streets of beautiful and Old Town, you will find spectacular views and sights such as the Notre Dame de la Fourvière, the Bellecour Square, the Lyon Opera and many more.
Cannes – World Cinema Capital
Cannes is one of the most glamorous Mediterranean resorts in France. Founded at the beginning of the 19th C, the former fishing village became the world cinema capital. The glamorous resort has been and is visited by countless celebrities such as Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin, Princess Diana and many others. Don't miss to see this iconic place, part of the French Riviera.
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France is one of the largest countries in Europe, located in the northwest part of the old continent. The distinctive feature of France is its outlets to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Its land borders reach Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy. The area is 675 417 km², with a population of 67.6 million people.
France has one of the best transport networks in Europe. Highways, railways, ferries and domestic air services cover the entire country, making the trip easy and enjoyable. Even Paris is connected to London through an underwater tunnel. Although buses are slower than rail, they are preferred by the tourists.
The national language is French. The essence of it is Roman with Latin roots. It is advisable to use a phrasebook because the French are nationalists and a few of them like to speak English. Nearly 300 million people around the world speak this language, known throughout the world as the language of love.
The official currency from 2002 year onwards, in France, is the Euro. The places where you can exchange currency are: banks, airports and stations, but the exchange course is almost always worse. It is advisable to exchange currency in your country. The payment with credit and debit cards is very common in France.
For nationals of the European Union countries or from Canada and the USA there is no visa requirement. They can travel, live and work freely in France. If you do not have Canadian or American citizenship and you are not a citizen of an EU country, you are subject to visa regimes.
Contacts in France are of type F, plugs of type C and F also coincide if there is an additional opening. The standard voltage is 230 volts and the frequency is 50 hertz. You can use your appliances if you are from Europe, Australia and some Asian and African countries.
Health in France is at a very high level. French hospitals maintain a high international standard. No vaccines are required to visit France, but the following are recommended: Hepatitis A and B, tetanus, seasonal flu, etc. For more information.
Emergency numbers are of course free and you can call from any phone, personal, home or public. In France the emergency numbers are as follows: medical – 15, police – 17, fire-18. You can also dial an emergency number for the whole of Europe-112.
When to visit
Best time to visit the destination
In France, you can do anything you ever dreamt of. In the time between March and June you will be able to look at it in all and its charm, without worrying about the crowds of tourists who, like you, are eager to visit this paradise and to touch all its beauty. If you are a supporter of winter sports, wait for the period December-January. Then you will enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland.
What to do?
Don’t miss to challenge your world
The artistic souls must visit this emblematic place. Some of the best dancers and musicians will take care of your pleasant time while eating delicious food and drinking champagne. Performances contain nudity and are not suitable for any audience. Today the cabaret has kept the spirit and style of the past and this is one of the reasons you dive into this different atmosphere.
On a cruise in France
In Paris you have the opportunity to make a daily cruise on the Seine River to various attractions such as: the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower. Besides this, there are other cruises that you can choose depending on your preferences. The river reveals picturesque and beautiful views, as well as many opportunities for tourists to get to view more sights in a short period of time.
The Opera Garnier in Paris
View the opera from the neo-Baroque era and find out how Charles Garnier designed it. Step into the rotunda on the floor of mosaic. This place is fascinating. Gaston Leruh, impressed by the opera, wrote his novel "The Phantom of the Opera". To this day the Opera House inspires and enriches your inner world with its beauty and elegance of every detail in it.
Walk to Versailles
The palace is located 30 minutes from Paris by train. In 1623, Louis XIII built a hunting lodge there and this was the starting point of the blossoming of this area. Fountains, sculptures, the property of Marie Antoinette, are only part of the intriguing sites for viewing. Visit the palace and explore the "Room of Mirrors", walk through the famous all over the world beautiful gardens of Versailles.
The French Riviera
It is located on the northern shores of the western Mediterranean. A place that you must visit when you go to France. Many aristocratic personalities have visited this place and to this day is one of the most popular places for wealthy people around the world. Beautiful landscapes and crystal water attract many Hollywood stars. Visiting that place brings the pilgrims the prestige of the touch to this wealth of nature.
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FAQs about France
Tips in restaurants?
In France almost everywhere the tip is included in the price. It would be a nice gesture to leave a tip, but by no means an obligation. In the nicest restaurants, where the best services are offered, to leave 20% above of the bill is considered to be quite normal.
The most convenient way to pay is through an international credit card. Visa, MasterCard, American Express can be used for payment in France in the same way as at home. Some merchants do not accept cards and to avoid such situations it is better to have Euros in your pocket. Prices are always inclusive of VAT, i.e. you always see the final amount that you will pay on the bill. It is best to exchange currency in advance in a bank in the country you are coming from.
What are taxi fares?
Prices start from 2 Euros in Nantes, to 8 Euros in Bordeaux. In Paris, prices start at around 5 Euros. An hour of waiting in Paris will cost you nearly 36 Euros.
Smoking in public places?
In Paris smoking is prohibited and smokers do that outside the establishments. For the first time the restriction comes with a law in 1976, but from 2007 gets in the actual prohibition. It is prohibited everywhere in enclosed spaces: offices, schools, restaurants.
Which places should I visit?
For more than 20 years France has been one of the most visited places by tourists. With its exquisite cuisine, beautiful castles, selected wines, beautiful nature, the country attracts visitors. Don`t miss to see Marseille, Lyon, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the French Riviera, Paris and many more wonderful and different places.