The best overseas territories of France

The best overseas territories of France

It's widely known that France is shaped like a hexagon, and while this is true for continental France, the hexagon has some other bits left that are not so clearly visible. France is in the possession of several overseas territories which are actually quite far removed from the mainland, but they still share an unbreakable link with it. Culturally, these overseas territories are a blend of French language, customs and traditions, and several other influences that come from the original inhab... [ read more ]

A guide to bargain shopping in Paris

A guide to bargain shopping in Paris

Paris is a notorious shopper's paradise, but it is also known as a rather exclusive shopping destination where people go to buy couture and expensive brands. But as everyone who has spent more than a few weeks in Paris can testify, Paris is also a great place for bargain shopping, the trick is to know where and when to look for bargains. Whether you're looking for a quick and cheap meal, mementos to bring back home, presents to buy or simply to indulge in your passion for shopping, a guide t... [ read more ]

The best city tours in Paris

The best city tours in Paris

Paris is a big city, and unless you are particularly handy with a map and/or you have an insider's knowledge about the twists and turns of the city, self-guided tours can be a bit problematic. That's why it's a good idea to join a tour on your first visit to the French capital to get your feet wet and get used to navigating the labyrinthine layout of the city. It's easy to get lost in Paris, but since it's also easy to find your way again, simply navigating is usually not a problem. However, fin... [ read more ]

The best cycling destinations in France

The best cycling destinations in France

If one has to choose the biggest hotspot of cycling in Europe, then the winner can hardly be an other country than France, the country that made cycling one of the most exciting sports on the planet. The Tour de France is watched by millions of people in France and abroad every summer, and you'd have to be completely made of stone not to end up rooting for a cyclist and eagerly waiting for new developments in the tour. But you definitely don't have to be a professional cyclist in order to enjoy ... [ read more ]

Top 5 historical attractions in Northern France

Top 5 historical attractions in Northern France

History buffs have probably spent at least a bit of time going through France's tumultuous history, and the northern bits of the Hexagon have probably had more than a few mentions. Northern France has a very rich history, and historical sites abound in the region, both older sites and newer site dating back to WWII. Normandy, Picardy and Nord-Pas de Calais are great tourist destinations for those who want to combine natural attractions with a bit of history and interesting sites and monuments. S... [ read more ]

The most amazing natural wonders in France

The most amazing natural wonders in France

The France you see on postcards might be more along the lines of glamorous cities, scenic villages and the occasional countryside picture from the southern regions, but there is more to France's natural wonders than that. It's not difficult to get a glimpse of France's natural beauties, they are not hidden from plain view in any way. If you can afford to take a break from the wealth of cultural attractions that France lays on its visitors, take a trip to the wild side of the country and bask... [ read more ]

The most exotic beaches on the French Riviera

The most exotic beaches on the French Riviera

If you already know about the hidden destinations on the French Riviera, I'm sure you'll be interested in what else this beautiful place can offer. The coast of France is dotted with beaches and resorts of various degrees of popularity, and naturally, the most exotic ones are usually also the best known ones. The exotic atmosphere of tropical islands can be found north of the tropics as well. If you didn't suspect that a trip to the Cote d'Azur would entail (figuratively) teleporting you to an e... [ read more ]

Top 5 bistros in Paris

Top 5 bistros in Paris

Bistros are not anything unusual, and they can be found practically anywhere in the world's cities and towns. But few people know that bistros were invented by Parisians. As as with most things, the best bistros can be found in their hometown, the city of love, Paris. The Parisian bistros was a small restaurant serving affordable homecooked meals, evolved in the basement of boarding houses. Today, the bistro has kept its cozy and familiar atmosphere, but not always the simplicity and affordabili... [ read more ]

The best nightclubs in Paris

The best nightclubs in Paris

Paris is a classy and stylish city full of glamor, but that doesn't mean that it's forgotten how to have fun. Parisians don't spend all their time elegantly lounging in cafes or nibbling tiny dishes in restaurants - they also go out to clubs, and know more than well enough how to turn the night into a revelry. Parisian nightclubs are not hard to find, and there's a great variety when it comes to them. Regardless of your musical tastes, you will find a place for the night where you can listen... [ read more ]

The most interesting literary haunts in Paris

The most interesting literary haunts in Paris

Paris has long been an inspiration for countless writers, both French and foreign for their work. Paris is a literary city in every sense of the word: it was the setting for many literary masterpieces, and it has also been an artist's city where writers and poets have come to find their muses and to pen their oeuvres. If you visit Paris, you will chance upon many places where artists have spent time or have written about, and many of these venues are celebrated for this. Sip a cup of cafe au... [ read more ]