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Choosing a 5 star hotel and luxury hotel in France will help you relish your European getaway, honeymoon or family vacation.

France is a world of its own, as each region within the country is different and distinctive from the next – the glittering crowds of the Cote d’Azur, the elegant chateaus of the Loire Valley, the hospitable vineyards of Bordeaux, the rocky coasts of Brittany, the dramatic slopes of the Alps and the Pyrenees, and the charming farms and villages of Provence.

The country truly has something for everyone – museums, cathedrals, amazing food, skiing, culinary and wine tours, beaches, shopping, health spas, vibrant cities, quaint medieval towns, and so much more.

Whether you visit for a honeymoon, family vacation or European getaway, the 5 star hotels and luxury resorts throughout France will make you forget the outside world even exists (even if it is beautiful).

FRANCE – THE ULTIMATE EUROPEAN HONEYMOON

Few places on Earth scream romance like that of Paris and the countryside of France. With old-world charm, historic sites, the finest vineyards and the beauty of the mountains, this destination could make any honeymoon magical. Add the style of your choice of 5 star hotels and luxury resorts in France, and you’ll forget the craziness of a wedding even happened.

FRANCE TOURS AND ACTIVITIES

Sightseeing in France – A traveler could spend months in France and still not take in all the amazing sightseeing. Paris, alone, is of course home to world-renown sites including Montmartre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Consider also visiting the Ile de la Cité, home to Notre Dame Cathedral with its famous gargoyles that adorn the gutters, Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. When venturing through the countryside, be sure to visit some of the hundreds of chateaus. Each region has its fair share of sites, but consider the Old Town area of Toulouse, and Burgundy for its Cistercian Abbaye de Fontenay and the famous Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune. For those who like to add a bit of dazzle to their site, travel down to the French Riviera.

Nature in France – Nature loves will soak up the scenery and wildlife that is evident through country – with each region having its own unique things to share. From the scenic Loire Valley, ornamental garden, lush vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields to the wildness of the Alpine Ibex, raccoon dog and wild boar, France’s natural side may be a bit under emphasized to visitors.

River Cruising in France – River cruising may be one of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to take in the scenes, sites and culture of France. Traveling the historic Canal du Midi, Burgundy Canal, River Saône, Canal du Centre, and others gives you a chance to tailor your trip to experience various regions of the country.

Nightlife in France – There’s no shortage of great nightlife throughout the entire country. Whether you define nightlife as dancing in a chic club, sipping wine after dinner at a sidewalk restaurant or hanging out with locals at a pub, France is sure to have what you’re looking for to fill your evenings.

Shopping in France – Most everyone who travels to France does some sort of shopping – and Paris isn’t the only place with great shops. Each region has their own flavor of specialized items, but popular purchases include porcelain, lace, pottery, tapestries, cognac, perfumes, hand-blown glass, and much more. Of course, if high-end fashion is on your shopping list, it’s hard to top Paris.

Dining in France – Restaurants throughout the country live up to their reputation for fine dining and amazing gastronomy. Even food at the little pastry shops or sidewalk café tastes (and looks) like it’s coming from a five-star establishment. Be sure to try the various sauces used in French cooking, and of course, the croissants, pastries, brioches, jams, cheeses (more than 250 kinds), oysters and truffles.

FRANCE FAST FACTS

Population of France – 64+ million

Languages in France – French

Predominant Religions in France – Christian (Roman Catholic, Protestant), Jewish and Islamic.

Time Zone in France – One hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+1 GMT). Daylight Saving Time is observed March-October.

Voltage Requirements in France – 220 volts

Currency in France – Euro

Weather in France – April-October has the best weather in France, although August can get hot. (In fact, August sees many cities empty out and close down as everyone heads to the coast, which means service suffers). Daytime temperatures range from the mid-60s to the 80s F, with nights dropping into the 50s-70s F. Temperatures tend to increase as you go south. The winters are cold, wet and sometimes snowy, especially in the mountains.

France Geography – Amazing geographic diversity can be found in France. The country is anchored on the south by the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, has the Alps and the Rhine River on its east coast, and the Atlantic Ocean and English Channel on its west. These varying boundaries surround flat countryside, rolling hills and even a plateau.

Personal Safety in France – The country is a relatively safe destination. Pickpocketing and purse snatching can be a problem in larger cities, especially around popular tourist sights and on crowded public transportation. If you’re renting a car, be sure to always lock the doors and keep belongings locked in the trunk.

FRANCE – INSIDER TIP

“If Paris is part of your travels to France (which it should be!) plan to spend at least half a day at a Paris-area flea market. The Marche aux Puces (Market of Fleas) in Porte de Saint-Ouen has more than 3,000 sidewalk stands and permanent stalls.”

FRANCE FUN FACTS

  • Orleans, midway between Paris and Tours, is the site of Joan of Arc’s most important battle. Her statue stands on the Place du Martroi.
  • The town of Falaise has a statue of its most famous son, the first King of England, William the Bastard. (The English prefer to call him William the Conqueror.)
  • About 85% of French students learn English in school.
  • Although they’re a U.S. innovation, the fabric of blue jeans has its origin in the southern French city of Nimes. Denim means “from Nimes.”
  • It’s illegal to smoke anywhere indoors in France, including bars, cafes, nightclubs and casinos.
  • Authentic champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else—even if they’re made according to the methode champagnoise—are simply sparkling wines.
  • The French have an elevated sense of style, and shorts are generally reserved for exercise, sunbathing, hiking and occasional very hot days. Women should wear skirts, dresses or trousers, and men should wear light trousers or dress-type shorts.

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