It's clear why France is one one of the most toured places in not just Europe, but all the world. From the stunning city of Paris, the history of the Normandy region, the delectable wine and champagne in to the glittering sea of the Cote d'Azur, France is rich and diverse in landscape. I can never seem to get enough. Beautiful architecture, culture, mountains, sea, and great food make France and easy choice for tourists. Here are my tips for traveling in France.
Fall in love in Paris
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FRANCE IS MORE THAN PARIS! Yes, Paris is an amazing city, I personally can't stop visiting. But there is so much more to France than Paris. As I mentioned: mountains, beaches, history, museums, architecture, wine, food, and more.
The French aren't rude! You'll often hear that. But the only time I ever felt like that was in Paris. Bigger cities in general people are a bit “quicker” so keep that in mind. I don't speak French and that's never ever been a problem.
Accommodation – Outside of Paris, France is surprisingly cost efficient and you can find anything from 5-star hotels to nice AirBnbs. You can even stay in a Chateau!
Food – What is France without its cuisine? Be adventurous and try something new. Which they are known for wine ad delicacies my favorite way to indulge is with classic French pastries.
Transportation – It's super easy to get around France with the wonderful metro system. Nearly every city, big and small, offers public transportation. There are also train stations to get you to great distances. In Paris I suggest using the metro to get around. To other bigger regions I always rent a car.
Suggested daily budget – 60-80 EUR / 65-90 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hotel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)
Budget for Paris should expect to be a bit higher – 75-150 EUR / 85-165 USD
Tipping – This isn't necessary save for a euro or two. Usually, there is already a service charge included in your bill for a separate price noted as “sur place” and “emporter.”
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