How to act like a local in France

How to act like a local in France

France is one of the most visited countries on the planet, and as those travelers who have homes in popular tourist destinations can testify, there is such a thing as too many tourists. That is not to say that the French hate the tourists who come to their country, but acting too much like a foreigner will definitely put an invisible wall between you and the locals. And even if no one raises an eyebrow at your blatant foreignness, why shouldn't you try blending in with the local crowd? After... [ read more ]

The best Christmas traditions in France

The best Christmas traditions in France

Christmas is approaching fast, and in only a few months you can say "Joyeux Noël", or Merry Christmas in French. Celebrating Christmas in France is an important affair, with shopping for presents and decorating taking up much of the time of the French, but with much energy dedicated to following Christmas traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. You can ind various Christmas customs from bustling Paris to the sleepy countryside. Some traditions are common all over ... [ read more ]

Why visit Provence in autumn

Why visit Provence in autumn

Provence is known mainly for its verdant hills, fragrant fields of lavender, vineyards and small rustic farms. But the Provençal outdoors can be enjoyed just as much after the lavenders had wilted and the grapes had been harvested. If anything, Provence becomes even more magical in autumn, when the light is softer and the colors turn from greens to golds and reds. Life does not stop in Provence once the summer is over, and there are plenty of reasons why you should consider spending the fal... [ read more ]

A short guide to Corsica

A short guide to Corsica

Throughout known history, Corsica has passed through more hands than many other luckier European regions. Corsica has belonged the Italian city states of Pisa and Genoa, and finally ended up under French rule in 1768, but although it was conquered repeatedly, it was never subdued, they say. The homeland of Napoleon Bonaparte is often called the Island of Beauty, and this nickname is by no means undeserved. Visiting Corsica is not like visiting any other French department, because as French a... [ read more ]

A foreigner’s guide to pétanque

A foreigner’s guide to pétanque

If you've spent any time exploring the less than glamorous quarters of some large French city, or maybe a sleepy little town in the countryside, if the weather was pleasant you've probably noticed that the locals sometimes engage in a strange pursuit. 17 million people in France regularly do this ritual of standing and intensely focusing on throwing metals balls. Well, you witnessed a game of pétanque, the most French game that ever existed, which is slowly creeping out of France and into t... [ read more ]

How to order coffee in Paris

How to order coffee in Paris

One of the greatest pleasures of going to Paris is sipping coffee in pavement cafes, watching the heady rhythm of Parisian life rush past you. But if you've read Stephen Clarke's irreverent portrayal of Parisians in his memoirs A year in the merde, you might already suspect that ordering a coffee in a French cafe without knowing any French can be a difficult endeavor. French coffee is delicious and you will likely enjoy it very much, as long as you manage to figure out how to ask for what yo... [ read more ]

Top 5 gourmet destinations in France

Top 5 gourmet destinations in France

If you like food, then you have probably gone to at least a few French restaurants in your life. However, if you love food and you make no compromises on the subject of your dinner, then give yourself a present and pamper your taste-buds...in France. France is a gourmet paradise that doesn't come cheap, but all that it has on the menu is classy, elegant and delicious. Restaurants are not the only place where you can find delicacies in France - you can visit farms, vineyards, markets and fest... [ read more ]

The best destinations for fall foliage in France

The best destinations for fall foliage in France

An autumn without any red and gold leafs is not exactly a great autumn, and anyone who has ever enjoyed the crunch of dry leaves under their feet will tell you so. Luckily, if you find yourself in France this autumn, you won't have to part with the traditional autumn atmosphere, because there are plenty of places in France where you can get as much fall foliage as you want. Besides, after the dead month of August, autumn is the season when France's cities and towns come to life again and res... [ read more ]

French ecomuseums to visit before you die

French ecomuseums to visit before you die

Ecomuseums are a curious thing that people wouldn't have even thought about a century ago. But as times change, our awareness of our environment and our need to save it and keep it healthy are becoming more and more urgent. This is how ecomuseums have come to be - places that focus on the identity and heritage of a particular place instead of specific exhibits, and whose purpose is the sustainable development of local communities. France was the first country in the world to open ecomuseums,... [ read more ]