Celebrating Mardi Gras in France

Celebrating Mardi Gras in France

Although Mardi Gras is more famous as the boisterous and debauched carnival celebrated in New Orleans and other places in the New World, its origins are much tamer, and they can be traced back to...France. Fat Tuesday celebrations were spread all over the world by French colonists, and as the centuries went by they stuck and morphed into something completely different. Visitors to France might be surprised by how different Mardi Gras is in France -it might as well be a completely different h... [ read more ]

The most scenic cities in the French Alps

The most scenic cities in the French Alps

France's lavender fields and pleasant, gentle hill slopes are only one side of the coin, and despite their popularity with the lovers of the great outdoors, they are nowhere near as famous and visited as the mountains of the country. With craggy outcrops, proud cliffs, verdant forests and rivers that range from tame to the wildest on the planet, French mountains have the perfect combination of fun, novelty and excitement for travelers of all kinds. The French Alps in particular have drawn ho... [ read more ]

The most famous tours in France

The most famous tours in France

All major French cities, and even the smallest towns in France are worth exploring in details, getting to know their quirks and particularities, but unfortunately most travelers don't have enough time to lavish all their attention on one single place. Getting to know a country in only a few weeks is impossible, but at least you can get a taster of what it has to offer - all you need to do is take a tour. Whether you are planning on touring an entire region, or if you want to stick to short a... [ read more ]

5 French destinations for art lovers

5 French destinations for art lovers

A few things people associate with France: lovely cuisine, glamorous beaches, great taste in fashion, wine, and...art. Art is something that you can't escape while visiting France, because it can be found virtually everywhere. From public art in small villages to sprawling galleries, artist's ateliers and museums dedicated to the work of some famous resident artists, France is rife with sites of pilgrimage to the art lover. Huge museums like the Louvre are a must-see for any tourist, and som... [ read more ]

The most fascinating carousels in Paris

The most fascinating carousels in Paris

For children, carousels are downright magical:rotating cicrles laden with horses, magical beings and other creatures, turning round and round. From an adult's point of view, carousels are not quite the same, but that doesn't mean that they are not interesting, from an esthetic perspective at least. Carousels are also festive, colorful and capable of giving off a great atmosphere, especially at night! If you are an admirer of carousels, be they vintage or new, and even if you simply feel like... [ read more ]

Top 5 nightlife spots in Lyon

Top 5 nightlife spots in Lyon

Lyon is a beautiful city, and on of France's cultural centers, a place to find gourmet cuisine, to explore urban parks and quaint neighborhoods, see churches and old buildings and shop to your heart's content. There is no way to get bored in Lyon during the day, because you can always find something to busy yourself with. And come evening, you won't have to sit around your hotel room, flipping channels, because Lyon has more than its fair share of nightlife venues where you can spend a few h... [ read more ]

The most beautiful gardens in France

The most beautiful gardens in France

The French aristocracy of yore had a lot of money to spend, and Louis XIV or Marie Antoinette are only a few notable examples, but far from the only French rich nobles who had a lot of money to spend on eyecandy. And apart from their role in history, these nobles left a legacy that is still very much alive today: chateaus, palaces, galleries, summer homes, parks and gardens. French gardening is famous worldwide, and the so-called jardin à la française pride themselves on symmetry, harmony ... [ read more ]

A foodie's guide to Paris

A foodie’s guide to Paris

The French know their way around a kitchen, and French cuisine is acknowledged as one  of the most mouth-watering national cuisines in the world. There is a world of French dishes that can instantly send a passionate foodie into fits of glee, even if some of them might seem a bit strange to people who like their cooking a bit more tame. French dishes are daring, imaginative and full of the most interesting flavors, and one of the best places to experience the world of French cuisine is the Fren... [ read more ]