France Travel Guide

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France is that kind of a country in which you can spend a life-time and don’t get to the bottom of it. I mean, no matter how often do you visit, hell, even if you’re a native, you will definitely have that feeling you’re not doing it justice.

That’s one of the reasons for which France is the most visited country on the planet. The sheer complexity of the place draws millions of tourists annually.

Okay, and maybe the food and the wines play a role in this charade. But let’s start with a few basic facts, shall we?

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So, France is a member of the European Union and a pretty large country, with a land surface (not including the overseas territories) of 551,000 square kilometers and a population of 63 million, from which almost 10% are Muslims from the former colonies, mainly Algeria.

Obviously, France is as multicultural as it gets, but that’s not necessarily a good thing (think Bataclan or Charlie Hebdo).

However, people are still visiting the sunny France for its historical treasures, the story-book, almost fairy-tale like landscapes, and why not, its multicultural idiosyncrasies.

Paris is the center of the known universe, and makes for a Hell of an European capital, being at least equal with any other city on Earth in terms of individuality, ambiance and sights worth seeing in this lifetime.

But, truth be told, the real charm of the country lies elsewhere. France’s natural beauty is absolutely astounding, and I am talking here about its epic scenery, the green countryside, its hulking mountains, white sanded beaches, all these make for a place that inspired countless artists, poets, writers, revolutionaries (unfortunately), drinkers and dreamers alike.

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Francophiles (that means people who love France) are to be found anywhere in the world, and for a good reason.

Visiting France is a must-have experience, and if you manage to get there, don’t forget to pay a visit to the awesome beaches on the Cote d’Azur, the green scenery of the Loire Valley, the epic scenery of the Alps mountains or wander around on the lavender fields of the beautiful Provence county.

Don’t forget to drink the best coffee in the world, together with a French croissant in the famous bistros of Lyon, or imbibe in the rugged charm of France’s Corsica, the place that gave the world one of the best generals in modern history.

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France’s coastline, cities and its countryside all have their magic, that wow factor if you like, and if you count them together as a whole, they make for France a paradisaical place to be in, from a traveler’s point of view.

I must confess that even if I’m not a big fan of diversity in that cultural Marxism sort of way, diversity is what makes France great and magic. That’s the reason for which there are myriads of books, texts and magazines which celebrate the joys and glamour of the French lifestyle.

How can you give an accurate description of a country which has 365 different types of cheese, one for each day of the year? Charles de Gaulle, the former French president said that a while ago.

Even now, that’s a good question, don’t you think?

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So, what makes France so special?

Well, as per things to see and do in France, being part of the Tour de France, the world’s most important cycling event, would make for a good answer. The Tour de France takes place on some of the most epic/picturesque parts of France and being among the crowd makes for a fantastic experience, together with sight-seeing and picture-taking.

Carcassonne is a medieval-fortified town which harbors all sorts of architectural beauties and monuments from various eras, being a heavenly place for history aficionados.

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The Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the whole wide world, and even if it was designed by a British architect, it still makes for one Hell of a sight.

A hike on the Mont Saint-Michel or even a cross-by will offer you an absolutely fabulous opportunity for taking pictures on the coast of Normandy, as this is maybe the most iconic sight in the whole France.

You must discover Provence and cycle the Loir Valley, a place filled with outstanding medieval chateaux and the best sparkling wines in the world.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to St Tropez, or feel the opulence of the Château de Versailles, the energy of Marseille or take a hike in Corsica. I must also mention the cave art of Lascaux, the world renowned  Cannes Film Festival, the skiing opportunities in the Alps, the mountain peaks in Chamonix or the marvelous Paris, the city of lovers.

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Visa Requirements

France is a member of the EU and it signed the Schengen treaty, hence if you’re from the European Union you can travel freely; else, you’ll require a valid passport, but essentially no Visa.

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